If you have ever been shopping at Downtown Disney after a long day in the parks, you have likely wondered where the nearest caffeination station was. If you’re like me you probably settled for a subpar cup of coffee from an eatery like Earl of Sandwich or Ghiradelli (great sandwiches/ice cream, coffee-not so good). I am so thankful to report that this is no longer your only option – the green mermaid has now made her first home at Downtown Disney! Thanks to a grand expansion happening across Downtown Disney, you can now order Starbucks frappes, mochas, lattes, macchiatos, and frappachinos to your heart’s content.
Nestled between entrances to World of Disney (the pirate/water squirting Stitch side and the Princess/Bibbity Bobbity Boutique side), this new walk up Starbucks location is perfect for Marketplace visitors. Thanks to well trained and friendly employees, the lines at this location move quickly and every drink i’ve ordered has come out perfectly. The walk up Starbucks has two queues – making for great crowd control and fast service. Perhaps the best part of this new location is their vast array of breakfast options, sandwiches, salads, and pastries! The additions here (menu pictured within the photo gallery) will be a welcome change for those of us who love the other Downtown Disney food options, but hate their lines.
I asked a friendly cast member about the relationship between Disney/Starbucks/Disney Dining Plan and here’s what I learned. Unlike the Starbucks locations within EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, this Starbucks is not directly (or indirectly) owned or managed by Disney. Because of this they do not accept the Disney Dining Plan, but they DO honor all the great Starbucks perks we have come to know and love. They accept rewards (like the free drink you get on your birthday) and your purchases earn you stars on your gold card.
If you’re a big Starbucks fan like I am, you will be twice as excited to know that there is going to be a second Starbucks within Downtown Disney opening soon! The second location is where the Haagen Dazs/Wetzels Pretzels used to be (near the Aerophile Hot Air Balloon Ride) and will have cafe seating and a grass roof (how cute is that?). Thanks to these two locations, coffee will never be more than a Pleasure Island bridge away.
Are you a Starbucks fan? Do you think this was a good addition to the Marketplace or will you miss looking into those World of Disney windows? What Downtown Disney addition are you most looking forward to? I know there’s a long list to choose from!
Courtney is the owner of Mouse to Your House and is always shopping for the latest and greatest finds at Walt Disney World. She hails from Pennsylvania and decided to move to Orlando after graduating form Penn State to be closer to all things Disney. She lives just 4 minutes from Cinderella’s Castle and can usually be found on the People Mover or Spaceship Earth when she isn’t shopping.