Does Disneyland have refillable popcorn buckets
and/or drink mugs?
This is a question that we get a lot and so we thought we would help clear the air on this question in it’s own post so that you can find the answer clearly.
The answer is “no” and every once in awhile, the answer is “yes” for certain people.
I know, that wasn’t the clear answer you were looking for.
Let me clear my “no/yes” answer up so that you can plan your food and drink accordingly!
As of the writing of this post, Disneyland does NOT offer refillable popcorn or refillable drink mugs at their parks for park visitors.
Universal Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood and Disney World have options, but NOT Disneyland.
So don’t plan on getting those refills that you may have previously enjoyed at other theme parks. I really, really wish that Disneyland would offer this service because we take full (and I mean “FULL”) advantage of it at the other parks in the country.
So how much is the popcorn?
- $4.25 for the “scoop” they call it. It is just in a regular, cardboard box
- $8.50 for the souvenir bucket, which provides a little more popcorn, but not much, so it increase is really for the bucket.
- $10-$15.50 for the “Premium Bucket” which is generally in some fun shape like a round Mickey face and ears, a Cinderella Carriage, holiday themed, etc.
In the end, our family rarely goes for the popcorn at Disneyland because it doesn’t get 8 of us very far. Even just one of us, a $4.25 popcorn goes really, really fast. We usually opt for something a bit more filling like the pretzels, split a $10 large food item or something similar. If they had refillable popcorn option, we would be all over it.
We did try the unique flavors of popcorn at Cars Land at the PopCone, I will share about that later!
That brings me to the “yes” part of my answer. Sometimes Disneyland will offer refillable popcorn buckets and refillable drink mugs for Annual Passholders only. This is not a constant thing, but during special times, there will be a special designated bucket for APs. The refills have been $1-$1.50 in the past for both popcorn and drinks. But the refills are only during a certain time period, so after that time period ends, so do the refills. So you really have to go regularly to make it worth it. If you are an AP, watch for those sometimes too. For example, during the Summer of Heroes, there was a special popcorn bucket that APs could buy and refill for $1 during the Summer of Heros. But that ends when the special event ends, so it is only good for a few months in that specific bucket.
I really hope they offer refillable snacks and drinks for everyone at some point. It is a help for a family traveling and needing a fix to the snack attacks! In the meantime, enjoy heartier treats, along with taking your own snacks.