Disneyland announced that its long-anticipated Starbucks Coffee location will begin construction next month in Main Street, U.S.A.‘s Market House. The project will take over the Disneyana art and collectibles shop next door, bringing some notable changes to Main Street. Meanwhile, work continues on a major new stage show in the recently-vacated Fantasyland Theater and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad‘s major 10-month refurbishment project. Both parks will celebrate the Easter holiday this week with Limited Time Magic‘s “Spring Fling” offerings including Easter egg hunts and meet-and-greets with the Easter bunny.

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Unfortunately, the beige tarp has returned to the top to Main Street Station to hide the parade lighting on top of the building. Not a big deal, but the building does look better without the beige cover.

Starbucks Shuffle

Disney officially announced that the Market House will finally close in April to begin work on retrofitting the space for Disneyland’s new Starbucks location.

Disneyland has notified Cast Members working at the location that the Market House’s final day will be April 14.

Disney Social Media and Print Manager Erin Glover confirmed on the Disney Parks Blog that the expanded Market House will retain the potbelly stove, checkerboards and party line telephones.

What won’t survive the transition to Starbucks is the traditional free coffee refills. Perhaps this tradition could move over to the Jolly Holiday Bakery, but there’s been no word on this other than the Starbucks location will not offer free brewed coffee refills.

The announcement also included the news that the Market House would reclaim the space next door currently occupied by the Disneyana art and collectibles shop.

Disneyana just reopened after a full refurbishment last February, but the space will now close next month to become space for Starbucks.

The Disney Parks Blog post noted that Disneyana will be folded into the current Disney Gallery in Town Square. Cast Members, however, were told the Disney Gallery will be renamed as Disneyana during the transition and the gallery space currently reserved for Walt Disney Imagineering exhibits will be converted into Disneyana retail space.

We will see what happens, but what is certain is that Disneyana as we know it will cease to exist. This is a sad loss for a lot of park fans, but I’m not too upset over it. Ever since the Disney Gallery relocated to Town Square, Disneyana became redundant and a lot of its retail space was given over to Vinylmation, Marie Osmond’s dolls and duplicate merchandise and art that you could find at the Disney Gallery and at California Adventure’s Off the Page and Downtown Disney’s World of Disney store.

This may be your last chance to enjoy one of Main Street’s unique architectural details — a circular room originally designed for Swift, an opening-day park sponsor what originally sponsored the Market House. The room was designed to house a giant birthday cake display for Swift’s 100th Anniversary and became a circular art gallery of sorts when the space became part of Disneyana in the 1980s.

Soon, the Starbucks version of the Market House will occupy nearly a half a block on Main Street.

Back in Town Square, expect changes later this spring at the Disney Gallery.

A look at Fantasy Faire

At the end of Main Street, Fantasy Faire continues to welcome guests as it continues through its first month of welcoming guests.

You might notice that the rooftops at Fantasy Faire appear to be fading already, not only a month old. Not to worry, the state of the rooftops look worse than they actually are — the clear coat has yet to fully cure and once it does the rooftops should look good as new again.

Meanwhile, wait times for princesses continue to balance out — wait times on Sunday morning around 11:00 am were a manageable 15 minutes.

Refurbishment Round-Up

At the Refreshment Corner, the archway is starting to be reinstalled.

Big Thunder Mountain’s 10-month refurbishment continues…

The Mark Twain Riverboat’s refurbishment project continues as well…

In Fantasyland, the Fantasyland Theater continues to get ready for the new Mickey and the Magical Map show.

Stage lighting has gone in…

The Gumball Rally Strikes Back!
MAY 4, 2013

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Welcome to California Adventure

At Disney California Adventure, the Carthay Circle Restaurant has rolled out its spring menu.

    SPRING LUNCH MENU

      Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits Stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeño served with Apricot Honey Butter — 12
    STARTERS Designed to share.

      Fire Cracker Duck Wings Soy, Lime and Sriracha Chili Sauce — 14
      Crispy Portobello Mushroom Gorditas Poblano Chile, Queso Fresco, and Pepitas — 11
      Warm Artichokes Tart Redwood Hills Goat Milk Cheddar, Baby Spinach and a Blood Orange Vinaigrette — 15
      Pacific Ono Ceviche Avocado, Tomatillo-Cilantro Essence, and Crisp Plantain Chips — 16
      Ginger Pork Satay Green Papaya Slaw and Mango Raita — 16
      Seasonal Soup — Thai Lemongrass Squash Broth accented with Ginger, Coconut and Cilantro Glazed Chicken — 11
    GARDEN SALADS

      Simple Green Salad Warm Brie and Dried Apricot Conserve — 11
      Roasted Beef Salad Tender Green Beans, Celery Root, Arugula, Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Reserve Sherry Orange Vinaigrette — 12
      Honey Crisp Apple Salad California Endive, Candied Pecans, Applewood Bacon and Cider Vinaigrette — 12
    ENTREE SALADS

      Grilled Angus Flank Steak COBB Salad Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Bacon, Avocado and Arugula with Cabernet Essence — 22
      Roasted Organic Chicken Ruby Red Grapefruit Salad Asian Greens, Savoy Cabbage, Scallions, tossed in Grapefruit Mustard Vinaigrette — 18
    NOODLES

      Udon Noodle Bowl Red Thai Curry Broth, Shrimp and Mussels, Shiitake Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Daikon, Mint, Cashews, and fresh Coriander — 20
      Cavatelli Pasta with Tuscan-style Braised Lamb Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Grana Padana Cheese in a Rich Lamb Jus — 23
      Short Rib Raviolis Sauteed in Sage Brown Butter Portobello Mushrooms, Sprouts and Butternut Squash — 27
    FINS AND SHELLS

      Weekly Bulletin Braised in a Roasted Tomato Jalapeño Broth, Green Lentils and Citrus Relish — 30
      Tiger Prawns on a Broth of Fingerline Potatoes, Leeks, Applewood Bacon and Thyme — 28
      Sauteed Skuna Bay Salmon Hot Saffron Couscous, Dried Cranberry and Lemon Vinaigrette — 30
    SANDWICHES AND MEATS

      8 oz. Angus Burger Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, Black Pepper Bacon, and Grilled Onions served with French Fries and House-made Pickles — 22
      Kobe Beef Cheek Sliders Horseradish Sour Cream, Red Bell Pepper Marmalade, and Crispy Onions — 19
      Grilled Quail Spanish Barbacoa Style Roasted Cauliflower, Soria Chorizo, Hazelnut, Mint and Toasted Orange Peek — 29
      Pan-Roasted Lamb Rolltini Chibatta Parmesan Stuffing, Baby Artichokes, Leeks, Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Roasted Garlic Cloves — 27

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    SPRING DINNER MENU

      Carthay Signature Fried Biscuits Stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon and Jalapeño served with Apricot Honey Butter — 12
    STARTERS Designed to share.

      Fire Cracker Duck Wings Soy, Lime and Sriracha Chili Sauce — 14
      Crispy Portobello Mushroom Gorditas Poblano Chile, Queso Fresco, and Pepitas — 11
      Warm Artichokes Tart Redwood Hills Goat Milk Cheddar, Baby Spinach and a Blood Orange Vinaigrette — 15
      Pacific Ono Ceviche Avocado, Tomatillo-Cilantro Essence, and Crisp Plantain Chips — 16
      Ginger Pork Satay Green Papaya Slaw and Mango Raita — 16
      Seasonal Soup — Thai Lemongrass Squash Broth accented with Ginger, Coconut and Cilantro Glazed Chicken — 11
    GARDEN SALADS

      Simple Green Salad Warm Brie and Dried Apricot Conserve — 11
      Roasted Beef Salad Tender Green Beans, Celery Root, Arugula, Mine Shaft Blue Cheese, Reserve Sherry Orange Vinaigrette — 12
      Honey Crisp Apple Salad California Endive, Candied Pecans, Applewood Bacon and Cider Vinaigrette — 12
    NOODLES

      Vegetarian Mushroom Risotto California Coastal Mushrooms, Truffle Butter and Roasted Carrot Coulis — 34
      Cavatelli Pasta with Tuscan-style Braised Lamb Sun-dried Tomatoes, Spinach, Grana Padana Cheese in a Rich Lamb Jus — 23
      Short Rib Raviolis Sauteed in Sage Brown Butter Portobello Mushrooms, Sprouts and Butternut Squash — 27
    FINS AND SHELLS

      Tiger Prawns on a Broth of Fingerline Potatoes, Leeks, Applewood Bacon and Thyme — 28
      Sauteed Skuna Bay Salmon Hot Saffron Couscous, Dried Cranberry and Lemon Vinaigrette — 30
    MEATS

      Grilled Quail Spanish Barbacoa Style Roasted Cauliflower, Soria Chorizo, Hazelnut, Mint and Toasted Orange Peek — 29
      Santa Maria Braised Pork Pot Roast Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes and Dried Cherry Zinfandel Sauce — 33
      Grilled Angus Rib-eye Sauteed Mushroom Ragu, with Red Flame Grapes and Blue Cheese — 44
      Colorado Rack of Lamb Chop and Braised Lamb Osso Bucco Garlic, Rosemary and Root Vegetables — 38
    CARTHAY CIRCLE TASTING MENU

      First Course
      Miniature Soup and Salad SamplingSnow Crab Claw Tempura Blood Orange, Fennel Salad and Avocado Vinaigrette
      &
      Red Bell Pepper Crab Broth with Dungeness Crab, Jalapeño and Lime
      Entree Choice of One
      Petit Beef Filet Mignon Braised Kobe Beef Cheeks, Fingerling Potatoes, Watercress and Zinfandel Essence
      Or
      Sautéed Wild Petrale Sole Steamed Asparagus, Roasted Mushrooms and a Tangerine Almond Grape Brown Butter
      Dessert
      Vairhona and Cordillera Chocolate Tart with Raspberries and Brown Sugar Chantilly
      Three Course Prize Fixe Menu — 60
      add Flight of Wines — 35

In Hollywood Land, Disney Junior — Live on Stage debuted its new show featuring characters from Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First.

MiceChat’s In the Parks blog had more photos and thoughts on the reworked show last week.

On Paradise Pier, Silly Symphony Swings is still down for refurbishment.

Limited Time Magic

[center]Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt
at Disney California Adventure
March 18 — 24, 2013
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Last week, Disney California Adventure hosted a Vinylmation Easter Egg Hunt that guests could participate in for about $5. The egg hunt consisted of a map with stickers that guests had to place based on large “eggs” hidden around the park. Once the sticker map was completed, you could redeem it for a set of two Vinylmation keychains at Elias and Co. While the prize wasn’t anything special, it seemed like a popular event and it looked like a lot of guests took a trip through the park to find the eggs.

Some of the hidden character eggs:

Guests randomly chose their prize — one of a number of different character Vinylmation keychains — at Elias and Co.

[center]Disneyland: The Way We Were with Dave Smith
Limited Time Annual Passholder Magic Event
at Disneyland Park
March 22, 2013
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Disneyland Annual Passholders were invited to enjoy a slideshow presentation with Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus, Walt Disney Archives, Dave Smith. The presentation, at the Main Street Opera House, took a historical look back at the park with rare color construction photos and slides of the park in its early days. Essentially, it was the same presentation that Dave Smith has offered at D23 events in the past, only this time it was offered for free to packed theaters of Annual Passholders.

It’s always good to hear from folks like Dave Smith who have been involved in either designing early Disneyland or documenting its history.

Fantasyland construction

The Golden Horseshoe

Some photos of early Disneyland:

[center]Spring Fling
at Disneyland Resort
March 25 — 31, 2013
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Disneyland Resort theme parks will host Spring Fling this week, the latest in Disney’s “Limited Time Magic” offerings. Spring Fling will carry on the Easter theme from last week’s Vinylmation Easter Egg hunt, with the Easter Bunny out for meet-and-greets at Disneyland and a Wilderness Explorer-themed Easter Egg hunt at Disney California Adventure. Details from Disney below:

    Spring Fling at Disneyland Resort
    Festivities at Disneyland Park
    Things get hoppin’ at Disneyland Park when a floppy-eared friend arrives! Visit Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. to meet the Easter Bunny and pose for photos.

    Be sure to watch for a special bunny hop dance on Main Street, U.S.A. starring the Easter Bunny and some Disney friends, including the Dapper Dans, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

    Easter Egg Hunt at Disney California Adventure Park
    Festivities continue at Disney California Adventure Park* with the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt. Russell and Dug have hidden oversized Easter eggs throughout Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Track them down, follow the clues and solve the puzzle to earn your very own Spring Egg-tivity Badge! — Annual Passholders can participate in the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt one hour before regular park guests.

[center]Oz: The Great and Powerful Sneak Peek
at Disney California Adventure
Through March 31, 2013
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Continuing this week is the eight-minute preview of Disney’s new movie, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” “Oz” is in theaters now. The preview at California Adventure will run through March 31.

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Award Wieners is also offering a couple special menu items in conjunction with the Oz: The Great and Powerful sneak preview.


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Weekly News & Information Round-Up
Weekly Theme Park Hours
March 25 — 31, 2013
[B]Disneyland Park[/B] [B]Disney California Adventure[/B]
Monday-Friday: 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am – 12 midnight
Daily: 8 am – 10 pm
[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar
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[center]Expected Crowd Levels[/center] [center]presented by TouringPlans.com[/center]
[CENTER][B]Disneyland Park[/B][/CENTER] [CENTER][B]Disney California Adventure[/B][/CENTER]
[CENTER][B]HIGH[/B]
[B]7.9—9.8[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER][B]HIGH[/B]
[B]6.4—8.7[/B] out of 10[/CENTER]
[CENTER]Crowd levels are based on a scale from 1 to 10,
with 1 being the least crowded conditions and 10 being most crowded.

[B]For crowd predictions for the next 365 days, visit
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[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]
[b][center]Disneyland Park[/center][/b]
  • [b]Mark Twain Riverboat:[/b] Closed through March 28.
  • [b]Disneyland Railroad — Main Street Station:[/b] Closed through March 28.
  • [b]Big Thunder Mountain Railroad:[/b] Closed for extensive refurbishment through October 30.
  • [B]Alice in Wonderland:[/B] Expected to close in 2013 to install permanent safety railing on outdoor ride portion.
  • [B]Fantasyland Theater presenting Mickey and the Magical Map:[/B] Fantasyland Theater closed August 12, 2012. Princesses have relocated to Small World Promenade allowing the Fantasyland Theater to close and prepare for the new “Mickey and the Magical Map” show scheduled to open Summer 2013.
[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]
  • [B]Silly Symphony Swings:[/B] Closed through March 31 for refurbishment
  • [B]Muppet*Vision 3D:[/B] Show on haitus while “Oz: The Great and Powerful” sneak peek plays in theatre through March 31.
[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]
  • [B]Downtown Disney Stage:[/B] Closed for enhancements. Temporary stage available for performances and events during main stage construction.
[center]Headline Roundup
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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Andy

    Hopefully, the Starbucks will fit into the theme of the area like over at Buena Vista Street. Some of the original features should remain and be part of the Disney history on Main Street.

    The Easter Egg hunt looks like a lot of fun, but as so many Disney blogs have shown the locations, they might need to change their locations.

    Thanks Again Andy

    Trumpet

    • ayalexander

      Well the Easter Egg hunt ended on the 24th so it is safe to show the locations now.

  • Susan Hughes

    Okay, let’s get the “whining and complaining” started about Starbucks coming to Main Street USA. When it was announced it would be coming to Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure, the “complain-fest” was never ending.
    I have total confidence that this new Starbucks location will follow the same pattern as the one at DCA. Most guests won’t even realize it’s there because it will be integrated seamlessly into the look of Main Street. But that shouldn’t stop the whiners from going nuts.

    • Disneymike

      As well as the people complaining about the whiners…..

    • Westsider

      Forget about Starbucks, I want to know who is responsible for totally un-themed locations on Main Street like Timex Watches and Insurance of North America! I don’t want a cheap watch I can get at Sears and to be reminded that my car insurance is due when I’m at Disneyland, I want to revel in fantasy and only have Disney branded merchandise! What bean counter approved those modern brands and their corporate logos to inhabit sacred Main Street USA?!?

      What? It was Walt Disney himself who approved that? Oh. Never mind.

      Make that Starbucks mocha a double, please.

      • Disneymike

        I’d rather buy a cheap watch made by Timex than a cheap glow toy made in China……
        BTW, just think how much that cheap watch is probably worth now? How much is that cheap glow toy going to be worth in the future, hmmm?

  • LoveStallion

    I just want to make sure I understand, so the real gallery element of the Disney Gallery will be gone? It hasn’t been the same since its eviction to make room for the Dream Suite, but the Gallery is one of my favorite things about Disneyland. Such fascinating exhibits. I wish they’d give it the full treatment again.

  • WheresMickey

    Nice update!

  • eicarr

    The last few years of continual work on what I thought was a fine Main Street is never ending. I wish they would work on other areas of the park. I’m sad that they’re not just removing that Disneyana junk. It’s upsetting that they’re displacing gallery space with it. I haven’t seen anyone suckered into buying one of those “limited” 1/70,000. While it might be entertaining to see who “invests” in that stuff, I’ll miss the exhibits.

  • Fukai

    “The Disney Parks Blog post noted that Disneyana will be folded into the current Disney Gallery in Town Square. Cast Members, however, were told the Disney Gallery will be renamed as Disneyana during the transition and the gallery space currently reserved for Walt Disney Imagineering exhibits will be converted into Disneyana retail space.”

    That stinks. We’ve had to watch the Disney Gallery die twice. You can tell the dolts from Orlando have their finger in Anaheim’s pie–a half block devoted to Starbucks? All the imagineering exhibits gone from the Disney Gallery, now turned entirely into a retail space?

    Mark my words: the Main Street Cinema does not have long to live. It’s already gone in Walt Disney World and Tokyo. Disneyland’s is next.

    • LoveStallion

      Seriously. The actual exhibits at the Gallery are wonderful. They add so much to the park experience.

      But the overlords seem more hellbent than ever on squeezing every cent out of guests at the expense of Walt’s dream.

  • Westsider

    Gotta love the modern, cheap aluminum patio furniture in 1950’s Adventureland. And they picked that bright robins egg blue, just so it would clash a bit more. How funny it is to be reminded of the glaring errors made in theme and Show back in the 1950’s and 60’s when Walt was running the joint. Disneyland, you’ve come a long way baby.

  • KENfromOC

    My wife and I had dinner at the Carthay on Saturday for our anniversary. We both chose the Tasting Menu. Had the filet and beef cheeks entree and it was wonderful! Overall a very good time. The crab soup broth was a bit bitter – but now that I think about it, it was probably the blood orange after-taste coming from the salad. Service was wonderful, and by today’s prices I think the cost was reasonable and right in the for any fine-dining place. The bonus was getting into a great area for the WOC show.
    I also think the CC lounge offers a great selection of spirits. Had the Red Breast 15-yr old Irish whisky – nice!

  • Tinkbelle

    I love the old pictures of Disneyland! Thanks for sharing those.

    Has the Easter Bunny always been around? This is my first time ever seeing a picture of him and Mrs. Bunny.

    What is taking so long on those swings?

    Spring is so beautiful at the DLR. I wish we were there – except for the spring break crowds. This was an awesome update. But I’m starting to wonder if Award Wieners is another sponsor of Dateline Disney.

    • TodAZ1

      I was thinking that too! How many times do we need to see a pic of the same hot dog??

      • DobbysCloset

        Speaking as a chihuahua, I can live without photos of “down for refurbishment,” but that photo of the hot dog? Don’t you realize I DREAM about that hot dog?

  • ayalexander

    Great update. I’m glad to hear the fading rooftops of Princess Fantasy Fair is just temporary. I went on Saturday to see the land for the first time and that is what I saw… I was disappointed… but that is good news.

    I took an online Disney Parks survey last night and I’d say 96% of the survey was about how I felt about implementing Star Wars into the parks and where in the Star Wars universe I would want to go and what I want to see there. It gives me hope.

    • LoveStallion

      How does one get signed up to take Parks surveys? Or was this someone grabbing you as you exited the park?

      • Tinkd

        For the official survey of Disney Parks you have to be invited, as far as the park surveys go, that is from the people who grab you as you enter or leave for the day. I get both.

  • Gregg Condon

    You can’t even see the tarp on the top of the roof unless you actually zoom in whereas the lights could be seen much easier. I have no problems with them.

  • Kimura

    Does Dave Smith know anything about Walt’s working office returning to Disneyland after its exhibition at the Reagan Library?

  • CCS

    Can someone please tell me why the Coke Corner archway was removed in the first place last year?? :\

  • SpectroMan

    Those Dave Smith pictures are just a reminder of how many varied merchandise choices we’ve lost over the decades on Main St. And now, to make matters worse, bulldoze more collectibles space in the name of coffee. Sad part is it’ll probably profit higher than Disneyana ever did. I hope the Gallery can still feature the wonderful exhibits it’s been doing as of late, even with more crowded retail infringing upon it.

    I’m not buying the “Still curing” excuse on the FF rooftops. They look like they haven’t seen sealed at all. But what do I know 😉

  • troyer

    Has no one noticed a missing period piece following the refurbishment of Main Street Station? One of my favorites: It was on the east side of the station and was a 10 cent music player similar to the machines(most now removed)in the former Penny Arcade. It’s always bothersome to see the quality of the park diminished out of sheer greed, especially at a time of record park revenues.

    • Marko50

      I’m not sold that the removal of the – well, basically, the Penny Arcade, is pure greed. Those old machines must have been a bear to get/make parts for.

  • whamo

    I think Disney marketing is making a big mistake by cheapening the brand. The cheap stuff from China does not appeal to me, and I don’t think other people like it either. Besides, if they maintain high standards for most of their art and souvenirs and whatnot they can pawn off the cheap stuff for high prices by virtue of association.
    On the other hand, I applaud their upgrade of Main Street and the Mark Twain ride. The heart and soul of Disneyland, these attractions need refurbishment to stay fresh. I especially approve of the new Starbucks on Main Street, although my wife loved getting all day refills at the old venue. And the best coffee I ever had was a cup I got there to watch the parade one afternoon. Disneyland means a lot to my family. In May, when my niece’s daughter, a 3 year old, visits for the first time, it will mark 5 generations in my family that have attended Disneyland. As a loyal original guess on hand for the opening of Disneyland and Carsland, I am also concerned about the crowds. It’s hard to enjoy Disneyland when it’s packed to the gills year round. It’s simply not worth the $1,000 I paid for my premium passes. I’m seriously considering passing on my pass next year, especially when the cost has risen to $650 a year per pass.

    • LoveStallion

      You especially approve of the Starbucks, but you went on to say that current store provides you free refills and also gave you the best cup of coffee, ever? And why do you especially approve of Starbucks, then?

  • DobbysCloset

    So they’re making a huge Starbucks to — accommodate strollers?

    We have a Starbucks on every corner here in suburban Portland, Oregon. Provides employment for recent college grads. Most of our baristas have four-year degrees and whopping loan debt. I hope the tie-in works both ways — I would so love to see Disney in Starbucks!

  • Tinkd

    Just want to say thanks for the update, especially like the photo’s from Dave Smith’s presentation, as we don’t get to do things like that anymore, we had to give up our Annual passes with the price gauging! Also I do appreciate Starbucks coming into the park, but I am perplexed while they will need such a large space to take over Disneyana!

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update