A Look at the New Starbucks Coffee Locations at Downtown Disney

Two Starbucks Coffee locations opened recently at Downtown Disney: a walk-up counter service-style shop in the Marketplace tucked into World of Disney, and a full cafe at West Side.

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Both locations feature Frappucinos, coffee, espresso, tea and several items in between. They also serve Bistro Boxes, sandwiches, and an assortment of pastries which can be heated.

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starbucks-downtown-disney-marketplace-pastries-snack-boxesPastries, Bistro Boxes, and Panini Display

I’m not a coffee drinker, but it was crazy humid even at 9:30am. I love the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, so I ordered one to help bring my temp down. The barista spelled my name right AND even asked if there was an “h” on the end! πŸ˜€ No Tara or Kara for me today! Sorry, the berry sort of hides it.

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Heading to West Side, we have the full cafe. Personally, I like the design of the building. One thing I think that was well done was how well the two locations fit in to their surroundings. Marketplace’s Starbucks still fits the feel of the building with a relatively understated marquee, while West Side’s modern feel fits many of the facades that have been built up over the years. I think it’s much more pleasant to look at than the old Haagen-Dazs/Wetzels Pretzels building (which now have large kiosk-sized locations on the side of Disney Quest). Note this location doesn’t open until 10am, while Marketplace’s opens at 8am.

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starbucks-downtown-disney-west-side-2I love the tree incorporated into the building!

The interior is spacious, with high ceilings andΒ  lots of warm wood paired with a slightly industrial feel of black metal. The image below was taken from the main entrance. There’s a room off the right side from here.

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Walking into the room, you’ll find several seats and tables. It was already pretty bustling; there was even a person with a laptop, just like at your Starbucks at home! πŸ˜‰ The location also features an outdoor patio.

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Here’s a view from the opposite corner from the above photo. There’s a separate ordering station here where you will find Starbucks’ Reserve coffee line and Clover brewing system.

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There is an interactive chalkboard to the left of the brown cushion in the photo above. I imagine this will be fun for younger ones while mom and dad enjoy a cup of coffee!

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I know many avid coffee fans are happy for these additions to Downtown Disney. While I don’t drink coffee, I don’t mind being able to grab a freshly-made Refresher once in a while. I’m sure I’ll be stopping in more often, especially once the garage is done and parking isn’t so insane. If you’re planning on a trip to Downtown Disney, be sure to get there early to preserve your sanity!

Will you be visiting the new Starbucks locations at Downtown Disney?

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6 responses to “A Look at the New Starbucks Coffee Locations at Downtown Disney

  1. nope. not going even if i need caffeine. tired of all the chains now at wdw. even if it’s dtd. Enough.

  2. Unfortunately, Disney doesn’t have much unique merchandise to fill all that square footage. πŸ˜‰ I’m looking forward to the Co-Op opening soon though! That’s exactly the type of thing Disney needs more of. Hopefully there will be demand enough for it that we see more. πŸ™‚

  3. It doesn’t have to be unique, it just should not be a Mcdonalds, Starbucks, Chic fill, tgi Friday franchise. Kwim? It’s cheap/cheasy. What’s the coop ? Thanks Sarah. Love the blog, love your photos.

  4. The Co-Op is going to be a collection of six boutiques in the former Team Mickey space: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2014/03/spotlight-on-disney-centerpiece-coming-to-marketplace-co-op-at-downtown-disney-marketplace-in-2014/ Check out some of the items at the Centerpiece boutique!

  5. I think the Starbucks will be a good addition as it’s a very popular chain that can give you a buzz to help get people through the day however I enjoy the Disney coffee quite a lot and think a small Disney Coffee kiosk could have worked just fine. πŸ™‚ -A

  6. I don’t drink coffee, but I love their Refreshers! You can still get “plain old coffee”/Joffrey’s almost everywhere else as well, so you’re not stuck paying the higher prices at Starbucks if you don’t want to. Thanks for commenting! πŸ™‚