Fair warning: if you don’t have a trip to Orlando planned soon you might want to postpone reading this one. If you continue on I can’t be held responsible for any airfare booked as a result! You’ve been warned. 😉
Many of you have probably seen me dropping into articles here and there that I’m maniacally planning a trip to Tokyo Disneyland Resort later this year. Apparently, I’ve been talking about it a little too much at home, too. Earlier this week my hubby came home and announced he had a surprise for me. We piled into the car and just a short while later arrived at the Kissimmee Popcorn Company. For anyone who is confused, Tokyo Disney is known for exotic popcorn flavors sold around the parks. Some of the oddest include: curry, strawberry, soy sauce, and milk tea! I didn’t find any milk tea popcorn, but I did find something really special. And just like all good things – I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!
While the Kissimmee Popcorn Company doesn’t have many of the distinctly Japanese flavors I was hoping for, it does host 120 flavors daily! I’m not going to list them all out here, but I can tell you there’s something for everyone, with options that range from savory to sweet and normal to the bizarre! The gals working were completely amazing and let us sample tons of flavors before we decided on a few bags to take home. (They do work for tips, so take care of them!) Even though we just found the place, it has been in business since 1986. That alone tells you this popcorn shop must be doing something right!
If the popcorn looks familiar, that might be because it sells some of its more generic flavors to Disney. However, from experience I can tell you that taking a trip to this store will mean much fresher taste and a huge variety. It’s also much more affordable to shop here. A bag comparable in size to the pre-packaged Disney stuff is about half the price. However, there is a variety of sizes. A “small” is about the size of a large bucket of popcorn at the movies. I asked to see the largest size, and it was literally a trash bag!
So what flavors did we end up taking home? Coconut curry and strawberry were easy choices because they were close to flavors I’m excited to try in Japan. The wildcard was cookies and cream, which my hubby fell in love with. My favorite of the bunch was coconut curry; it didn’t survive the night in my house! The other two were equally good, but both were very sweet. If you’d like to make sure your favorite flavor is available when you plan to visit, be sure to call 407-390-9949 at least 24 hours in advance.
Kissimmee Popcorn Company is also in a great location, right in the middle of the action at Old Town. While I wouldn’t skip any time at the parks to hang out here, it isn’t a bad spot if you have a down day. There are lots of unique shops that I enjoy visiting, and it’s a very short drive away from Disney World. If you’re just interested in visiting for popcorn, then I recommend turning on Holiday Trail from 192. Just up on your left, you’ll see a small playground. Take the next left, and you’ll see the big, pink Kissimmee Popcorn Company building. There’s a small parking lot right there that almost always has open spots. From there you just need to walk to the front of the building for all this freshly popped goodness! The store is open from 10am – 10pm daily. Limited options are available for online ordering, but the shipping is pretty steep. Personally, I’d rather save that shipping money for gas or cab fare when visiting the area.
So will you be making a popcorn run on your next trip? I have to say – I’m not normally a big popcorn fan, but this place has changed all that! It’s totally worth stopping by next time you’re in town. What is the strangest flavor of popcorn you’ve ever tried? Please let us know in the comments below and as always thanks for reading!