A month after Disney KiteTails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially closed, the popcorn bucket inspired by the show is strangely available at Magic Kingdom.
We spotted the Animal Kingdom-themed bucket at a popcorn car near the entrance to Magic Kingdom. Like other reusable buckets, it is $13 with popcorn included. Refills are $2.25, versus $5.50 for a standard popcorn. The Annual Passholder exclusive popcorn bucket is also available at this cart.
The Disney KiteTails bucket was originally released with chili-lime caramel popcorn mix for the premiere of Disney KiteTails on October 1, 2021, the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.
The bucket features Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy in front of a colorful background. Kites from the show, including Simba and Zazu, fly above them. “Disney’s Animal Kingdom” is in one corner. It has a red lid and handle.
Disney KiteTails originally debuted with scheduled daily shows at the Discovery River Amphitheater for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. The two versions of the show were inspired by “The Lion King” and “The Jungle Book.” They featured kites, pulled by jet skis, and performers with puppets in the audience. The pre-shows also included “Finding Nemo” puppets, but not the ones from nearby “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond.”
The shows were later cut down to unscheduled, shortened versions with no ground performers. The show was plagued with issues from the beginning, including shredded kites due to the crash landings, so much so that an announcement had to be made beforehand telling guests that the kites were likely to crash. The show ended with little fanfare amidst Hurricane Ian’s onslaught of Central Florida.
Watch the original version of Disney KiteTails “The Lion King” below.
And the shortened, updated version:
Watch the original Disney KiteTails “The Jungle Book” below.
And here’s the shortened version:
Do you miss Disney KiteTails? Are you hoping to grab the KiteTails popcorn bucket from Magic Kingdom? Let us know in the comments.
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