Move over, red rose cup — there’s a new must-have souvenir in town.
Halloween is in full swing at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and while you can Fastpass straight to the ghastly changes to Space Mountain and breeze through the spooky-themed Cars Land rides, the scariest sight you encounter may not be an attraction at all. That’s because the longest line you may find at the Anaheim parks could very well be at the popcorn carts.
Fans this past weekend waited up to an hour to purchase Disney’s new Oogie Boogie popcorn bucket, a glow-in-the-dark souvenir that has taken the parks by storm. Featuring the haunting likeness of the sack-bodied "The Nightmare Before Christmas" villain, the popcorn bucket was introduced to the parks less than a week ago but has already proven to be the hottest piece of Halloween merchandise this year.
The Tim Burton-inspired souvenir, which retails for $15, is already commanding up to triple its tag price from secondhand sellers on Ebay. Though sales have since been limited to two per person, Oogie Boogie popcorn buckets are continuing to sell out regularly at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks, as well as during Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World.
The festive popcorn bucket is not the first Disneyland item to have gone viral this year. Back in March, a "Beauty and the Beast" Enchanted Rose tumbler swiftly spread across the internet and sold out near-immediately, commanding hours-long lines at a Fantasyland restaurant themed to the successful live-action film. This past summer, sourdough loaves of Groot Bread baked fresh at Disney California Adventure’s Boudin Bakery helped make for must-take selfies in front of the new Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! attraction.
If you can’t get your hands on the villainous take-home (or prefer to bypass the epic lines), there are still plenty of ways to experience Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece at the parks. The seasonal re-theming of Haunted Mansion with "The Nightmare Before Christmas" characters is a long-standing Disneyland tradition, which brings with it a massive gingerbread house that, this year, includes a 7-foot-tall Oogie Boogie towering over its ghoulish confections.
For the first time ever, the animated cult classic has even extended its presence to Disney California Adventure, with Oogie Boogie himself perched on the park’s front gates.