(NEXSTAR) – The Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which kicked off at Disney World on Jan. 14, would be a celebration of visual, culinary and performing artists from around the world, with galleries and exhibits scheduled through Feb. 21. . .
Judging by the first day of the festival, however, many visitors were only there for the commemorative buckets of popcorn.
Among the new food items at this year’s festival is the “Figment Popcorn Bucket”, modeled after a character from Epcot’s various iterations of the “Journey into Imagination” ride. Filled with rainbow-colored, dragon-shaped popcorn, the $25 bucket is one of the many novelties and treats at Pop Eats! booth at Epcot.
The bucket was also the star of the show on the first day of the festival, as fans (and online stockists) reportedly waited more than six hours to get their hands on it, according to guests and unofficial Disney blogs. Lines for Pop Eats! Also spanned a good chunk of Epcot, according to the video shared by WDW News Today, an unofficial site not affiliated with Disney World.
Guests and non-guests alike took to Twitter amid news of reported wait times, with much disbelief at Figment’s fervor.
“I love Disney but come on,” a user wrote.
“It’s the end of the day and the line for the bucket of Figment popcorn (and food) at Pop Eats is STILL estimated to be over two hours!!” another claimed.
Naturally, many buckets of Figment popcorn have since ended up on eBay, including one listed for up to $1,000. Most were much cheaper, though eBay recorded at least a few that sold for over $200.
However, not everyone was so enthusiastic about the Figment popcorn. Nearby Universal Orlando Resort reacted to news of Disney’s long lines on Twitter, trying to lure visitors to its own attractions.
“Meanwhile, Jurassic World #VelociCoaster is 35 minutes away,” Universal Orlando Resort tweeted Friday. “I’m just saying.”
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