One of the things I remember the most when I first visited Tokyo Disney Resort in 2002 is the various popcorn flavors they served. I was enamored with the honey popcorn that was being offered near the Pooh’s Honey Hunt attraction. I love popcorn (about as much as I love coffee and pie). In honor of National Popcorn Day, I recently strolled through Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see what flavors I could find. As it turns out, there are some unique combinations offered at Disney Parks.
Pre-packaged popcorn is developed by the Consumables team (the same team that creates those delicious treats for the show kitchen locations). The pre-packaged popcorn they offer now has evolved from the traditional cheddar, caramel or kettle popcorn I remember. Today, they offer flavors like Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Mint or Chocolate Caramel. My favorite, however, is the Chocolate Cheddar Caramel popcorn as it is a great mix of sweet and salty. I spoke with Patrice Guy, developer for Consumables, who said that flavor is a test.
“We introduce new test flavors about twice a year,” explained Patrice. “The Chocolate Cheddar Caramel popcorn is a test flavor and we are unsure if we will keep it. We monitor sales results from new test flavors, so hopefully this one will stay as it is proving to be popular with our guests.”
I’m thinking I need to beg Patrice to keep it (or perhaps I may buy the entire shipment).
Patrice also showed me a new popcorn tin that will be arriving at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. The tin contains three different kinds of popcorn – caramel, confetti and chocolate caramel. I love the colorful artwork on the tin that features all sorts of Disney characters enjoying Disney Parks (the image above shows both sides of the tin).
One of the more interesting popcorn-related finds is actually not food but will be Vinylmation. Thomas Scott, a lead Vinylmation designer, told me that the “Disney Design Group artists have re-imagined favorite Disney characters by giving them a hot, fresh look you’ve never seen before.” Apparently, this new kind of Vinylmation will “pop” into locations in late summer 2012.
With all this talk of popcorn, I’m hungry!