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July 15, 2018

Sunday Brunch: Popcorn Cart Avatars

by Reuben Gutierrez

Originally published 10 March 2013

Wreck-it Ralph was released to DVD/Blu-Ray last week and is this week's headlining theme of From Screen to Theme's Days of the Week. On my way home from Disneyland, I was lucky enough to watch Wreck-It Ralph on the plane ride home. My favorite part of the film is when Ralph finds himself in the car racing game Sugar Rush where everything is made from candy, cakes, and sweets, including the character racers! With colorful names and personalities such as Crumblelina Di Carmello and Swizzle Malarkey, the Sugar Racers make up quite the eclectic bunch. The petite little residents of sugar rush reminded me of another cast of little characters found in Disneyland, specifically in their snack carts!

Disney Theme Parks are serious about snacking, and none is more serious than the original, Disneyland itself. Perhaps because of the strong and frequent local guest population visiting the parks, snacking is all the more popular. Part of the joys of snacking in Disneyland is visiting one of dozens of land-specific themed snack carts. Popcorn needs no gimmick, no introduction, no draw, the smell alone is enough to attract guests to come by for a snack. Though in Disneyland, even the snack stands deserve a creative decorative treatment to fit within its whimsical surroundings.

Each popcorn cart in Disneyland Park features some sort of visible mechanical contraption in which a tiny little character appears to be cranking a rolling drum of popcorn to power the whole cart. These 'Roastie-Toasties' are themed to whatever land they reside in. The cast changes throughout the years and the seasons, but the majority have remained the same. There are seven popcorn carts in Disneyland, and I managed to track down all of them during my last visit!

Dapper Dan Popcorn Cart Disneyland
The Red Dapper Dan (sometimes Blue) stops singing for snacking in the Castle Hub

Davy Crocket Popcorn Cart Disneyland
Davy Crocket and the popcorn of the wild Frontier in Frontierland

Undertaker Popcorn Cart Disneyland
The Undertaker departs from the Haunted Mansion for popcorn in New Orleans Square

Jolly Trolly Conductor Popcorn Cart Disneyland
The Conductor of the Jolly Trolley tinkers away near Mickey's House in Toontown

Yeti Popcorn Cart Disneyland
The Abominable Snowman escaped from the Matterhorn to serve popcorn in Fantasyland

Clown Popcorn Cart Disneyland
Creepy Clown cranks corn near 'it's a small world' also in Fantasyland

Rocketeer Popcorn Cart
The Rocketeer jets away to pack some power into popcorn in Tomorrowland

While the cast of Sugar Rush appropriately feature saccharine designs sweet enough to give you a toothache, the Roastie-Toasties are cute in regards to size, but a bit eerie and creepy in design. They evoke thoughts of horrific inanimate mechanical toys coming to life and terrorizing mankind in horror films. The Roastie-Toasties have been in Disneyland Popcorn carts since 1955 and were modeled after the original 'Rosty Tosty Man' figures in popcorn wagons from the Cretor Co. made in the late 19th century. While intended to be fun and amusing, the little characters are a bit terrifying. Still, I think that is a part of their charm and appeal. While working hard to give you one of the best snacks in Disneyland, one can't help think they have mischief up their sleeves, much like the devious little racers of Sugar Rush.

Rocketeer Disneyland Popcorn Cart

Roastie Toastie Resources

Check out this video from Disneyland of the recent years' cast of Roastie-Toasties.

Debra Peterson of the Examiner writes about the Roastie Toasties



Past Sunday Brunch

     - Disney Theme Park Cookbook

     - Boardwalk's Chocolate Chip Crumbcake
     - Chef Mickey's Breakfast Pizza
     - Hamm Cupcakes
     - Honeydoodles
     - Kermit Cupcakes
     - Tonga Toast

Restaurant Reviews
     - 1900 Park Fare
     - 50's Prime Time
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 1)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 2)

     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 3)
     - Be Our Guest Restaurant (Part 4)
     - Beaches and Cream
     - Bengal Barbecue (Disneyland)
     - Boardwalk Bakery (pre Refurbishment)

     - Boardwalk Bakery Post Refurbishment (Part 1/2)
     - Boulangerie Patisserie (France Bakery)
     - Captain Cook's (Polynesian)
     - Casey's Corner
     - Club 33

     - Columbia Harbour House
     - Coral Reef
     - Cozy Cone
     - Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store
     - Earl of Sandwich
     - El Pirata y el Perico
     - Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical Cafe (DCA)
     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 1)

     - Flame Tree Barbeque (part 2)
     - Friar's Nook (Magic Kingdom)
     - Golden Oak Outpost
     - Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Disneyland)
     - Katsura Grill

     - Kona Cafe
     - Kouzzina
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe
     - Kringla Bakeri og Kafe (more snacks!)
     - Kusafiri Bakery

     - Landscape of Flavors (Art of Animation)
     - L'Artisan Des Glaces (France Pavilion)
     - Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (France Pavilion)
     - Liberty Tree Tavern
     - Lotus Blossom
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks
     - Main Street Bakery Starbucks (Part 2)

     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
     - Min and Bill's Dockside Diner Cones
     - 'Ohana
     - 'Ohana Revisted
     - Pepper Market (Coronado Springs)
     - Pinocchio's Village Haus

     - Pizza PlaNOT
     - Port Orleans Riverside Food Court
     - Prince Eric's Village Market
     - Rose and Crown
     - Sanaa
     - Sci-Fi Dine In

     - Tangaroa Terrace
     - Tangierene Cafe
     - Tokyo Dining
     - Trail's End
     - Tusker House
     - Tutto Gusto
     - Via Napoli
     - The Wave (Breakfast)

Tasty Treats
     - 4th of July Cupcake
     - Beignets (Port Orleans French Quarter)
     - Big Thunder Ranch dessert
     - Boardwalk Bakery Boxed Lunch
     - Caramel Apples (Karamell-Kuche)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Sleepy Hollow)
     - Chicken and Waffles (Trail's End)

     - Wolfgang Puck's Chinois Chicken Salad
     - Cinnamon Rolls (Main Street Bakery)
     - Crispy Cornflake French Toast (Wolfgang Puck)
     - Darth Vadar Cupcake
     - Disney Cruise Line Chocolate
     - Dole Whip
     - Dole Whips inside the Enchanted Tiki Room

     - Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)
     - Grilled Chicken Flatbread (Mama Melrose)
     - Guava Cupcake
     - Holiday Cupcakes
     - Holiday Sandwich at Earl
     - Japanese Disney Snack
     - LeFou's Brew

     - Mac and Cheese Hot Dog
     - Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine
     - Mexico Pavilion Tacos
     - Mickey's Magix
     - Mickey Fun Bar

     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar
     - Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar: Time for Seconds
     - Mickey Mouse Peanut Butter Cup
     - Mickey Mouse Pretzel
     - Milkshake (Whispering Canyon)
     - Mini Corn Dogs (Casey's Corner)
     - Peanut Butter Cupcake
     - Peanut Butter, Bacon, and Banana Pie (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - Pina Colada Bread Pudding (Disney Cruise Line)

     - Pineapple Cupcake (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Quiche of the Day (Boardwalk Bakery)
     - S'mores Brownie
     - S'mores Cupcake
     - Sacristain from France
     - Sunshine Tree Terrace Cup
     - Disney Parks Shortbread Rounds

     - Summer Delight cupcake (Hollywood Studios)
     - Sweet Cream Cheese Pretzel
     - Teriyaki Chicken Handroll (2013 Food and Wine)
     - Marshmallow Kabob
     - Waffles around Walt Disney World
     - Yule Log (Sunshine Seasons)
     - Zebra Cupcakes and Zebra Domes

Forgotten Favorites
     - Mickey's Kitchen
     - Odyssey
     - The Odyssey of the Odyssey

Disney Food History
     - Cheshire Cafe
     - Village Fry Shoppe

Interesting Interviews
     - The World's Biggest Earl Fan?

     - Ratatouille Bonus Feature

     - Art of Animation Food Cart
     - Battle Gingerbread
     - Celebration, FL's Main Street Cafe
     - Culinary Adventures
     - Disney Mothers
     - Disney "Flower" Arrangements
     - Disneyland Popcorn Cart Avatars
     - Egg-celent adventure at Grand Floridian

     - Five Disney Restaurants
     - Pizza Planet's Easter Pineapple Coconut Cupcake
     - First French Toast ever served at Art of Animation
     - First Tonga Toast Experience
     - Food and Wine 2013
     - Food and Wine Part 1
     - Food and Wine Part 2
     - Food and Wine Part 3

     - Food and Wine Part 4
     - Grand Floridian Gingerbread House
     - Halloween Snacks around Disney
     - Holiday Homes Good Enough to Eat
     - Mama Melrose's Back Story
     - My Time at the Confectionary
     - Ode to Club Cool's Beverly

     - Sleepy Hollow Story
     - Snow White's Wishing Apple
     - Super Foods
     - Tales of a Magic Kingdom Nut Wagon Cast Member

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