To help wake everyone up this Monday morning, Disney has announced that all six of their United States theme parks will soon be getting Starbucks locations, serving familiar drinks and food at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Each location will be themed to match the park that it’s in, with the first opening in June at Disney California Adventure. That shop will open on Buena Vista Street (which opens June 15, 2012) inside the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café and will stick to the 1920s theme of the rest of the new park area. This Starbucks location will have a Spanish/Mexican flair with baristas donning 1920s-inspired costumes. The location itself won’t be instantly recognizable as a Starbucks, themed to fit in with its environment, though the Starbucks name will be featured at the entrance.
“We know food and beverage offerings are an important part of the memories our guests make at Disney Parks and now they will be able to enjoy their favorite Starbucks beverage as part of their experience,” said Maribeth Bisienere, vice president, food and beverage line of business for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Many of our guests have shared their passion for Starbucks with us, and we look forward to making their feedback a reality as we debut the first location at Disney California Adventure.”
The other five Starbucks locations haven’t been specifically announced, but there will be one in each of the other Disney parks: Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Menu items will include coffee, espresso, Frappuccino, breakfast and other sandwiches, pastries, and desserts. Cups will feature both Disney and Starbucks logos.
“Starbucks and Disney have many things in common,” said Arthur Rubinfeld, president, Global Development, for Starbucks. “We share a passion for providing excellent customer service, delivering high quality in everything we do, and ensuring that every experience with our brand exceeds our customers’ expectations. This is something our customers and partners (employees) have asked for through MyStarbucksIdea.com since the site launched more than four years ago, so we are pleased to bring this idea to life.”
And though Starbucks will be new to Disney Parks in the United States, it’s not a new concept worldwide, as the Disney Village at Disneyland Paris opened a popular Starbucks location in June 2009.
But the real question is: What does Ariel think about Starbucks’ famous mermaid logo?
(Yes, we doctored up the one above, but wouldn’t it be fun to see that in the parks?)