Dateline Disney World: Magic Kingdom Perks Up

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

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Published on June 21, 2013 at 3:00 am with 23 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • Tielo

    The dwarf coaster is looking nice. Are they going to theme the track itself like they did with disco yeti mountain? And how are they going to dress the round window with the metal beams behind it?

  • davidrusk

    Enjoyed the article and photos. I didn’t want to see Market Street change. I’m very disappointed they removed the seating area as it was a tradition for our family to stop in Market Street and sit down for a cinnamon roll and coffee. However, the little kids of today and those to come will never know Market Street to be anything but a Starbucks so eventually it won’t be an issue.

    • The loss of indoor seating is the main negative. This is Florida with high heat, humidity and occasional torrential downpours. Having a covered spot to sit and enjoy a snack or beverage is most welcome. It seems to me that they’ve left that important detail out of this project. Get your drink and get out! 😉

      • red014

        I just figured this out… It will force people in the Main Street area to not sit down with their drinks, but walk around and shop for relief from the weather.

  • Park Hopper

    I Just have to point out that Coca Cola was actually around c. 1900, so it’s a pretty good fit for Main Street, nothing anachronistic about it.

    I also want to say I have no problem with Starbucks on Main Street as long as its done well. I have to say I was never a fan of the old bakery, and from the photos, this version doesn’t seam any better or worse. The lack of seating is regrettable, though.

  • Rockwell3564

    Is the Roy Disney statue tied down? I want to go to the Magic Kingdom early one morning and move it to its proper place!

    • tofubeast

      I like the way you think! Let’s rally up a few people and move that bench!!!!

      Thanks for the update this week. Now I want a toffee nut latte. Mine train is looking better and better each week!

    • Gullywhumper

      I’ll help!

      • Gullywhumper

        Lets move that bench!

  • trebor13

    I’m bummed I didn’t notice those magnets when I was there a couple of weeks ago.

  • Truecoat

    I collect magnets of places I’ve been or rides I’ve been on when it comes to theme parks. I haven’t been able to find a decent magnet at Disney (either coast) in quite a long time. I prob won’t be back until late summer next year and I hope these are around or some others like it.

  • KENfromOC

    Nice report! Yes, our DCA Starbucks locations offers both the Starbucks and 3-Pigs fare, which is great. As you pointed out, sponsored locations (Coke) have been around since Disneyland began. Looking back at Disneyland’s Sunkist, Welch’s, Hill Bros. and Carnation as examples (and then there was McDonald’s as well!).
    I think Starbucks is a great fit. People know of it, and it offers a very familiar experience and fare that fit into the Disney mold quite well.

  • wdwprince

    The only negative for me is the removal of indoor seating. As for expediting business, EVERYTHING is slow in WDW (and in Orlando). I don’t know that it will speed up lines to have all counter space and no seating.

    It was tradition for me to sit in the bakery and get one last snack before exiting the park. To now make it grab and go makes the experience feel very modern urban, not turn of the century urban.

    Bring back the chairs and tables.

  • From the photos the Starbucks looks fine. Though I’m not overwhelmed by the implementation. It’s really just a huge room with a giant queue and some vintage items decorating the walls.

    Shops on the Main Street of old would have been built to look like an idealized version of the place it was supposed to be. So a bakery would have ovens and fancy vintage espresso machines and things that mimic the ideal (or studio) version of a classy bakery. Whereas, the current version just takes items which evoke the period and anchor them to the wall. It isn’t a huge deal breaker, but it is another step away from place-making. Main Street at WDW has been significantly eroded over the years. This does not seem to be a step up, but rather an inoffensive step to the side (or even a step down).

    Having Starbucks itself on Main Street (or any other sponsor) does NOT bother me. It has always been that way. It’s the implementation which is more important to me. I’m looking forward to my usual decaf soy vanilla latte on my next trip to the Magic Kingdom.

    • Professor Brainard

      Well said, Dusty.

  • JCSkipr79

    Noone ever complained over Coke? Hmmm cant imagine why. Maybe cause Coca Cola IS FROM the period Walt and Roy were born and raised……..

  • Bill

    Those poster magnets came out a long time ago as part of a 4 pack. Interesting that they’re selling them individually now for a much higher price.

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    I like those magnets! I may have to pick up one or two for my already crowded fridge.

    And looking forward to trying out the new Starbucks. Nice to have a couple options for decent coffee in the parks now (at Epcot we also have Joffrey’s, which I’ve been a fan of for several years).

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Thanks for a great report. Boy, the work on that coaster looks like it’s taking such a long time. I am glad there is progress, but it feels like there’s just a minor amount of difference each week. The few rocks that look like they’re painted look really fake, too.

  • QPerth

    Another great update thanks Cory.

    I think Starbucks on Main Street is fine, and surely better coffee from whative read from people. Sure, I think they could have added a BIT more theming, but from the looks of it it could have been worse. And yes, branding have been in the Parks since day one. Move on. If its dine WELL, it helps with products and financing. That Edy’s Ice Cream picture is the FIRST I’ve heard of that brand (I’m in Australia), and that signage is shockingly unthemed and does not fit at all. Why is no-one up and arms over that!?!

  • OriginalMousekteer



    This is incredible, even for Florida. They have effectively quadrupled the size of the original Sara Lee MS Bakery. They doubled it in the last decade by taking over the original Arribas Bros. Crystal Arts/Rubui Silhouette Studio and converting it into Bakery seating, while retaining all of the original Bakery space as expanded service counter. Now they have converted the “new” seating area into a mirror-image service counter and queue.

    They have totally got this back-asswards (just as they did in CA with Jolly Holliday/Market House/Gibson Girl). What they should have done is move Arribas into the original Bakery space and make the new Bakery/Starbucks out of the original Crystal Arts and Market House with seating extending back into the old Jewelry and Plush shops on East Center Street. I don’t know what they have outside on E. Center, but they could potentially put seating there, too. (Are the Rubio Artists still there any more–I’ve lost track).

    This is absolutely the dumbest thing I’ve seen them do in a long, long time.

  • Gregg Condon

    Great stuff Cory. I agree with you, the Starbucks looks fine and yes, getting that Ice Coffee will be great!!!

    I’m still shocked to see how slowly Seven Dwarfs is coming along. Really wish Disney would put in some OT to get the ride open!!

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    Checked out the Starbucks and was quite pleased with it. Was hearing they were really slow getting drinks made last week, but on my visit this week I had my drink in my hand within 5 minutes of paying… and they were BUSY (was an hour after park opening)! So nice to enjoy my iced caramel macchiato while strolling through the park.