Great news! Soon you’ll be able to get your “venti, non-fat, iced caramel macchiatio, no whip” while inside the parks! The long-rumored arrival of Starbucks to Disney World is coming true. Disney Parks Blog announced this morning that the first of six locations will open this June on Buena Vista Street at the soon-to-be rebooted Disney California Adventure. The Starbucks will be located inside the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe. While Starbucks doesn’t exactly scream out Buena Vista Street’s 1920s Los Angeles theme, DPB reports that “the store’s location plays off the Spanish/Mexican architecture of the period, and baristas will wear 1920s-inspired attire.”
What about the details for Starbucks at Disney World?
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Disney Parks Blog stated that six locations would be coming to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure. It seems that this initial rollout will place one Starbucks location in each of Disney’s stateside theme parks, with room to put in more if the coffee shops are successful. The Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe at DCA will be serving coffee and espresso, Frappuccino, and breakfast sandwiches and pastries from Starbucks. It will also offer Disney-created sandwiches and desserts. Most likely, the Disney World locations will follow this Starbucks/Disney hybrid menu model.
There’s no word on when to expect the Starbucks locations at WDW. There’s also no word on pricing, but expect it to be a bit higher than your neighborhood Starbucks. This is Disney World, after all.
If you’re a coffee lover at Walt Disney World, this is definitely good news. The quality of coffee at Disney World has been notoriously lackluster at best. It’s good to know that fresh-brewed coffee, espresso, and Frappuccinos of good quality will be available inside of the parks.
As a side note, here’s a tip to those who just want a straightforward cup of coffee at Disney World. My recent coffee-strategy at WDW would be to bring Starbucks Via packets into the park and get a free cup of hot water to mix it in at any counter-service restaurant. If you just want coffee, this may still be a good strategy, even with Starbucks locations inside of the parks. The box of Starbucks Via I bought was 8 packets for $7.00. This ended up working out to about 88 cents per cup of coffee, which is a significant savings over regular Starbucks prices, and the flavor was surprisingly good.