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Robert Niles

Vote of the week: Would more flavors encourage you to spend more money on Disney popcorn?

Published: December 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Disney theme parks sell a lot of popcorn.

But for as fans at Disneyland and Walt Disney World like the snack, popcorn is an obsession at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Visitors there pay up to $40 for souvenir buckets they wear around their necks, paying about $6.50 a shot for refills of the various flavors offered at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

In addition to the traditional salt-sprinkled or caramel popcorn, Tokyo Disney also offers chocolate, strawberry, honey, milk tea, soy sauce, black pepper and curry flavors. And cranberry, too, during the holidays.

Duffy popcorn
That's right: Duffy popcorn buckets, with milk tea popcorn, at Tokyo DisneySea.

Don't dismiss the unusual (to Americans) popcorn flavors. The curry popcorn, for example, was awesome - far tastier than the bland salted popcorn served in America. Hey, if we can have countless flavors of tortilla and potato chips, why shouldn't we get more flavors of popcorn, too?

But Disney's not going to serve anything if people won't buy it. Some of the people who've been following our daily looks at the various lands around Tokyo Disneyland have expressed their wish that Disney offer some of those extra flavors here in the United States. But is that an accurate sample of theme park fans? Would money people spend more money on popcorn if they had more flavors from which to choose?

Let's put it to a vote.

Please tell us in the comments what you think about popcorn in the Disney parks, and what options you'd like to see. And thanks again, as always, for reading Theme Park Insider. Tokyo Disneyland week wraps up tomorrow, with Universal Studios Singapore week starting Sunday, and Tokyo DisneySea week starting Dec. 26.

Replies (15)

Eric S

Published: December 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

By more money, I mean that I would actually spend money on popcorn.
Dominick D

Published: December 16, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Heck yeah I would!
TH Creative

Published: December 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM

I always kind of assumed that Disney prices popcorn based upon demographics. They have shopper families experience a day in the park and figure that near the last 25% of the visit the family has like three or four bucks in their wallets and they price the popcorn (and balloons) in order to get that last bit o' cash out.
Andrew Carrieri

Published: December 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

More popcorn flavors would actually make me less likely to spend money on it. The only popcorn I like is the regular stuff you get at a movie theatre-I find the flavored versions disgusting.
Aaron M.

Published: December 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I could probably learn to add those flavors to my popcorn at home. It would definitely cost a lot less.
Stephen Hicks

Published: December 16, 2011 at 3:46 PM

In my opinion, Walt Disney World has the best popcorn I have ever had. It is better than any movie theater popcorn. I look forward to it on every visit and it is always the same from any cart in any park. I would not care to try any other flavors. I have never been to Disneyland, but I assume they use the same popcorn recipe there.
James Rao

Published: December 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Is this a trick question?! Oh yeah, me and popcorn go together like chocolate and milk.
Andre Somma

Published: December 16, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I was sorely disappointed when my local Dale and Thomas closed. I think that a collaboration between Dale & Thomas and Disney would make a great match. There would have to be some great creative flavors and marketing to bring attention to the Popcorn. My favorite of Dale & Thomas is Cookies and Cream. I would definitely get some on every trip if this was the direction Disney decided to go with.
KJ Simpson

Published: December 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Popcorn is one of the healthier snacks in the parks, as well as one of the most affordable. I say bring on the flavors! I'm not interested in the sweet ones, but I'd love to try some of the savory varieties...
Tony Perkins

Published: December 16, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Bring on the flavors! Really a no-brainer for Disney to do so. They'd make a load of money and most guests would love the variety. I've been to Tokyo Disneyland and the flavored popcorn is great.
Pro tip for SoCal visitors: the best fresh popcorn is at Tom's Farms in Corona; it's amazing and much better than DL's... and they have different flavors too.
David Sutter

Published: December 17, 2011 at 6:27 AM

Sure would! Why not in World Showcase?
Eric Malone

Published: December 17, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I'd spend more money on popcorn, certainly. I'm not sure that I'd be completely keen on some of those, but chocolate and honey flavors are clear winners in my book.
Anthony Murphy

Published: December 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Suprised that they haven't. I think it wouldn't be too much of a cost for Disney World to try it. Maybe special popcorn at every country of EPCOT.

Still, its not a bad idea. We can have "safer" flavors like chocolate or cheese

Terri Pierce

Published: December 17, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I would spend more money on popcorn if they would refill popcorn buckets! I'd probably get a refill at least once a day even if I only planned on eating a handful... But flavors? Who knows. Maybe cheddar
Eric G

Published: December 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

If there was really money to be made they would already be selling it. As a former F&B Director for a national movie chain I can say there is very little demand for flavored popcorn in the US.

Disney already sells the black pepper popcorn at California Adventure and it doesn't sell according to the cast members at that location. Personally, the prices of popcorn at Disneyland are too much and the sizes too small and therefore, I rarely purchase it myself.

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