Starbucks Coffee to bring big changes to Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. as spring brings Limited Time Magic to both parks

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on March 25, 2013 at 5:05 am with 31 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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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


    • 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