Even Disney’s popcorn carts are different and “themed” or designed to the land or area that they are located in. The popcorn cart in Tomorrowland looks like a spaceship, and the cart near the Matterhorn looks like it could be in a Swiss alpine village. Read on to see pictures and learn more.
Frontierland Popcorn Cart
The popcorn cart in Frontierland is located near the dock for the Mark Twain Riverboat and the Petrified Tree. It’s designed like the old West, circa 1800’s, which fits in perfectly with the rest of Frontierland. Walt Disney wanted a land that celebrated “America’s Frontiers.” Fun fact -> Frontierland is appropriately located in the Western half of Disneyland Park.
And, of course, who better to turn the popcorn canister than a frontiersman who looks a lot like Davy Crockett.
Town Square Popcorn Cart
Town Square is the first area you enter after passing through one of the two tunnels beyond the main gate. It will probably remind you of a small town turn-of-the-century Civic Center complete with a City Hall, A Fire Department, and a village green with flagpole in the center. The popcorn cart here looks perfectly suited for an early 1900’s small town.
In Town Square, we find a member of the Dapper Dans, Disney’s famous barbershop quartet, cranking away at the popcorn canister.
Matterhorn Yeti Popcorn Cart
Located right next to the Matterhorn in Fantasyland and, as you can see, the popcorn cart is designed with cool-blue, icy accents and lettering that remind me of a snowy Swiss Village. In fact, Walt Disney made several trips to Zermatt, Switzerland where the actual Matterhorn is located. Fun fact -> the Disneyland Matterhorn is 147 feet high, while the actual Matterhorn is 14,692 feet tall, making it a 1:100 scale model of the real thing.
Who better to turn the popcorn canister here than the Abominable Snowman or “Harold” as some cast members call him.
Castle Hub Popcorn Cart
We are at the north end of Main Street USA in the central plaza or hub right in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Again, here, we have a popcorn cart that looks exactly like what you might see in any small town USA in the early 1900’s.
Most of the early popcorn vending carts made by Charles Cretor had animated clowns turning popcorn as a way to draw more customers.
Tomorrowland Popcorn Cart
In Tomorrowland, Disney designed a dramatic space-age popcorn cart offering “terrestrial treats” that looks like it’s ready to take off for the moon! See the slender spires on the roof that might remind you of the Space Mountain attraction.
Rosie the Astronaut is sometimes turning the popcorn canister in Tomorrowland.
Mickey’s Toontown Popcorn Cart
Located near Gadget’s Go Coaster, here is the fun, colorful, and child-friendly popcorn cart in Toontown.
Sam the Conductor has the honor of turning the popcorn at Mickey’s Toontown.
Haunted Mansion Popcorn Cart
Ooooo-h, spooky is what I would call this popcorn cart in New Orleans Square near the Haunted Mansion. You can’t really see him too clearly from this picture, but there is an undertaker turning the popcorn canister.
Starting around Halloween time, Oogie-Boogie takes a turn at the handle of the Haunted Mansion popcorn cart.
Pixar Pier Popcorn Cart
You couldn’t design a more colorful or better looking popcorn cart for Pixar Pier if you tried. It’s perfect.
Turning the popcorn canister on Pixar Pier in none other than Duke Caboom, Canada’s most famous stuntman.
Walt Disney’s Vintage Peanut Roasting Cart
Here is a vintage peanut vending cart on display in the Opera House lobby in Town Square. Ok, so this is technically not a “popcorn” cart, but it does have something to do with the whole idea of Disneyland Park being built in the first place. Watch the 47 second video below to hear Walt talk about sitting on a Griffith Park bench and eating peanuts.
Here is a link to my post on the popcorn turner dolls (not the carts, but all about the animated dolls themselves who turn the popcorn canisters in each land). They’re called Roastie Toasties.