So you really want one of those Figment popcorn buckets, huh? You know–the ones that are selling like hotcakes at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts event? But your boss just stopped by your office to tell you that you’ve been awarded the company’s most lucrative account, and between now and the end of February, you have about 46 different deadlines.
Add to that the fact that the kids are all in school, and since three of them got COVID just before Halloween, and one of them had COVID during the Christmas holidays, you simply can’t risk taking them out of school for a quick trip cross-country to Orlando in the name of grabbing up one of those new-fangled popcorn buckets.
No problem! Actually, there might be a problem . . . depending on the hoops through which you’re willing to jump to obtain one of the coveted Disney World limited-edition popcorn buckets.
Frenzy Over a . . . Popcorn Bucket???
The frenzy over popcorn buckets sold at EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts is not a new thing. In 2022, guests at EPCOT were shocked to find themselves waiting in lines with wait times that exceeded five hours, just for the chance to purchase a Figment-inspired popcorn buckets.
Several guests were even more shocked as they witnessed the behavior of others in the parks when it came to securing the coveted Figment bucket. Then again, one woman who joined the four-hour line to buy one of the adorable buckets got the shock of her life when a total stranger randomly chose her to receive one of the buckets he had purchased.
The supposed limit on popcorn bucket purchases was two at the time, and the man explained that he only wanted one for his mom, and he wanted to gift the other one to someone in line.
Suffice it to say that we saw some of the best and some of the worst guest behavior in the first several days of the Figment popcorn bucket craze in January 2022.
Wasting No Time
During the craze, it also become glaringly obvious that many guests were simply buying up the popcorn buckets to sell online–and for a price equal to several times the price at Disney World. Because of this, many guests did not adhere to purchase limits set by the parks, and eventually, buckets ran in low supply.
The Figment popcorn bucket returned in 2023, and now, in 2024, a Figment-themed popcorn bucket is all the rage at EPCOT’s annual Arts Festival, which kicked off on Friday morning.
The new bucket is inspired by the structure found at EPCOT’s Imagination pavilion, which houses the Journey Into Imagination attraction.
But it didn’t take long for guests in the parks to start buying up the new buckets and reselling them online. EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts kicked off Friday morning, and by early Friday afternoon, sites like eBay and Mercari were already chock full of the new buckets.
At EPCOT, guests can mobile order the new bucket and pick it up in the Odyssey building afterward. The price is $30. But on eBay, the buckets are being listed for as much as $149 each. Talk about profiteering!
On Mercari, the buckets are going for as much as $105 apiece, meaning it’s entirely possible for anyone who can’t get to EPCOT to still get one of the famed popcorn buckets–as long as they’re willing to fork out the big bucks for one.
EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts continues through February 19, 2024.