Foodie Friday: Popcorn

Happy New Year folks – and Happy Foodie Friday! For our first Foodie Friday of 2015 I wanted to turn your attention to one of the most classic, iconic WDW snacks – it’s aroma greets you as you enter the Magic Kingdom and for me there’s nothing that says “I’m home” quite like the sight of a cart selling boxes of mouthwatering…

Popcorn

It sounds simple enough, but popcorn makes a big impact at WDW. Sure, lots of theme parks serve buttery, salty, warm popcorn but somehow the magic of Disney takes it to the next level. It’s more than just a crowd pleasing snack staple – at WDW popcorn carts are found throughout the parks, and the warm, comforting, appetizing smell of the golden kernels wafts in the air morning, noon, and night.

 

Popcorn carts welcome you to the Magic Kingdom!  Photo by Brett Svenson.

Popcorn carts welcome you to the Magic Kingdom! Photo by Brett Svenson.

While WDW popcorn is a key part of the atmosphere, especially at the Magic Kingdom, it’s also a tasty treat! I don’t know how they do it, but Disney pops Orville Redenbacher corn like I’ve never taste anywhere else. White and yellow puffs of buttery flavored popcorn seem to have flavor embedded within, not added after. No greasy fingers from movie theatre style butter here!

At kiosks in the park, popcorn is available in single serve boxes (really, these are shareable if you’re in a generous mood!) or souvenir buckets for a larger portion. Special buckets are usually sold at Christmas, Halloween, and during Star Wars Weekends.

In recent years, Disney has begun selling pre-packaged popcorn in gift shops also. These are usually flavored (cheese, pickle, kettle corn) or candied (tutti frutti, caramel). While these make great take-home gifts, I’m partial to the fresh scooped variety!

Popcorn to go!  Photo by Judd Helms.

Popcorn to go! Photo by Judd Helms.

Popcorn is truly one of my favorite memories at WDW – I never have a trip without it. It brings me back to days of eating popcorn while waiting for a parade, or sneakily convincing my parents that popcorn is a good breakfast while on vacation. I insisted on it being the first snack my husband had during his first-ever visit, and to this day it’s one of my all time favorite WDW traditions.

You can find popcorn at carts throughout the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. A single serve box counts as one snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan – it’s a big portion and a great use of the credit!

What do you think of WDW popcorn? Is it a tradition for your family?

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