The Reason Disney Visitors Waited 7 Hours For A Popcorn Bucket

Standing in line at an amusement park is a pretty standard experience, and even waiting for several hours at Disney World isn't that unheard of. Sometimes it could be because of a brand new attraction, or even just that the ride is that good. This time around, however, it's not the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge or even an exciting roller coaster that has people lining up — instead, it's a souvenir popcorn bucket.

According to Walt Disney World News Today, this isn't just any old popcorn bucket, but one that looks like Figment, a dragon character featured in one of the rides at Disney World's EPCOT park. The Figment popcorn bucket was released on the first day of the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, an annual event that's held January through February (via Disney World). The coveted popcorn bucket is being sold at the Pop Eats! food studio, where some Disney visitors waited in line around seven hours to get their hands on one. After only one weekend, unfortunately, cast members confirmed to Walt Disney World News Today that the Figment popcorn buckets are almost entirely out of stock, and those who wait in line are no longer guaranteed a purchase.

Why are Disney visitors so excited about a popcorn bucket?

If you've been on social media lately, chances are you've come across at least one post with the #FigmentDay hashtag. Quite a few have already gone viral — there's the one TikTok shaming people hoarding the buckets for resell, and another featuring a visitor that decided to gift their bucket to a stranger waiting at the end of the line, captioning the post "The Disney Spirit!"

For anyone who's not currently at Disney World, this probably doesn't seem like a big deal, but according to Insider's interview with Disney enthusiast Ashley Ebey, limited edition popcorn buckets get a ton of hype among fans like herself. The outlet explains international Disney parks, particularly Tokyo Disneyland, usually carry the "best and most unique" popcorn buckets, so for the Florida park to release this special one is appealing for many. While the Figment buckets are sold for $25, Ebey told Insider that she encountered people willing to pay more than $100 for one. (Some are already popping up on eBay for over $150, though the asking price does not always indicate the amount an item will actually be sold for.)

Apparently you can't put a price tag on the magic of Disney. As it turns out, a plastic popcorn bucket can bring visitors as much joy as the actual rides.