Starbucks is coming to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks
Disney announced today that it's closed its deal with Starbucks to bring the popular coffee shops into the Disney theme parks.
Don't freak out about seeing your cookie-cutter, neighborhood Starbucks on Main Street USA just yet, though. Disney says that the 'Bucks locations will be themed to their settings, with the first one coming to the new Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure, which opens June 15.
So, essentially, this is a vendor swap, with Starbucks training, menu, and products replacing current coffee products in select locations in the six U.S. Disney theme parks. The Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe location that will be the first Starbucks in California Adventure also will sell additional Disney food items, so it's more like a Disney restaurant that sells Starbucks than a straight-up Starbucks location. And it's not like Disney hasn't had branded coffee houses in its parks before.
All that said, do you like this move, or not? Are you happy with Disney's current coffee, or would you rather see some other brand of coffee (Seattle's Best, Peet's, Peaberry, etc.) come into the parks?
If you selected the "other brand" option, tell us in the comments which one you'd like to see at Disney.
I don't care about coffee 'cause I don't drink it, but I'm all for them bringing Starbucks into the parks, 'cause if they do, that's less people in line for my favorite rides 'cause they're spending $20 for a small coffee. :D
Will pricing be the same?
You don't have a choice of bring Starbucks and another major brand. My feeling is Disney doesn't know how to brew coffee. They seem to have good chefs to make their pastry, but they have no one who knows how to make quality coffee. They seem to put coffee in the same category as fast food. This is a change for the better.
As long as there is no more NesCafe, I'm cool. I'm absolutely fine with Starbucks.
+1 for Eric's comment.
I'm not a great coffee drinker so voted the 'whatever' option.
I wish they announced Tim Hortons, but Starbucks is great, too ;)
You probably will not be able to use gift cards or gold cards at the Disney Starbucks, just like the Starbucks at Universal.
Yes! Put the Tim Hortons in Canada, and other brands in the various countries. Then we can have two ways to "drink around the world."
I don't drink cofee (I'm 13). If I wanted caffine, I could just have a Coke.
I chose other; I like the coffee from Einstein Bagels.
Any coffee brand would be an improvement of what is there now. I was at first unhappy with the idea of Starbucks in the parks, but as long as they don't stick out in the theming I'll get used to the idea.
If only they'd put an express line in for us black coffee drinkers. Chances are slim so I'll hope for Fastpass.
It's seems like a fairly smart decision to me.
Mr. Niles writes: "Yes! Put the Tim Hortons in Canada..."
Here's an idea: get Starbucks to sponsor the Wonders of Life pavilion and build a roller coaster inside that teaches the effects of caffeine on the body.
A Community Coffee or Cafe Du Monde stand in New Orleans Square would be AWESOME and COMPLETELY fitting; but at the core of the issue, ANYTHING would be better than Starbucks. It's the McDonalds of coffee.
I'm glad to see better coffee at Disneyland and WDW, but Starbucks just seems too common and mainstream. I have no problem with the quality, but I think it would be more interesting to have a brand that didn't have 3 stores on every corner out in the real world.
I'm not a fan of Starbucks coffee, the only thing I get there is the Iced Tea. I certainly think that their excellent service is something the Blue Ribbon Bakery at DLR could take a few lessons from
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