Monday, January 17, 2022

Figment Popcorn Bucket, and the Problem With Disney Merchandise


Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts began recently, and in traditional Disney fashion, items exclusive to the event became hot commodities.  In this case, one particular item became the hottest commodity of all – a popcorn bucket featuring the beloved Figment, selling for $25 at Pop Eats and containing rainbow popcorn.


If you were to visit Epcot for the first day of the festival, what line do you think might be the longest at the start of the day?  Perhaps Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, since it’s the newest ride in the park and just recently went to standby?  Or maybe Test Track, which always sees inflated wait times early in the day, or Frozen Ever After, perennially one of the most popular rides in the park?  No, the longest line that morning – and indeed all day – was to purchase this Figment popcorn bucket.


Friday, January 7, 2022

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure Drops Virtual Queue


Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Epcot’s newest attraction, is switching from a virtual queue to a standby system beginning January 10, 2022.  In this post we’ll talk about what that means and if it has any bearing on the Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) purchase, as well as how virtual queue might be used in the future.


If you’re interested, you can read the official announcement from Disney on their blog  . Basically, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure debuted as part of the World’s Most Magical Celebration for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary on October 1.  It had been a long time coming, and had been ready for months leading up to that date, but Disney held off opening it, partly because of the optics of having a large crowd for a new attraction during the pandemic and partly to take some of the pressure off of Magic Kingdom, which was sure to have (and did have) massive crowds on October 1.


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