Coffee for you, coffee for you, and coffee for you!
It’s a Disney Vacation, and I know you’ve seen all the Instagram pics, the cute memes, and the even cuter custom Starbucks cups decked out in all the Disney glory!
But there’s a few things that you need to know about your latte (“mocha choca bullshit” as my Starbucks-addicted husband would say) on your Disney vacation– especially because it’s not as cute and dry as you’d like to think it is.
Because it wouldn’t be a Disney World vacation if it wasn’t complicated!
(Looking for how to get free stuff at Disney World? Then check out this post!)
So what’s so special about Starbucks at Disney World?
That’s the real question, and the truth is, not much.
Sure it costs more, but many of the items count as a snack on the Disney Dining plan (and we’ll get to that in a minute).
But the really special thing is likely the limited edition treats they have at the Starbucks in Magic Kingdom. There, from time to time, you can find exclusive Disney-themed treats that you can’t find anywhere else. (And yes, they are hella Insta-worthy!)
Can you use snack credits from the Disney Dining Plan at Starbucks?
Let me channel my inner fairy godmother and grant you some wishes, because, everybody is getting a coffee on the Disney Dining Plan!
And those little snack credits that most people end up with on the last day? Well, now you can plan ahead to hit up Starbucks every morning (or twice or three times–I won’t judge) and grab a drink with a snack credit.
That’s not even the best part… you can order VENTI… and that’s also not even the best part… you can also use KIDS credits for VENTI drinks!
The few times we’ve used the DDP (I’m not a fan of the plan especially because we have food allergies), we’ve managed to get Starbucks several times a day. Here’s an example of how we did that:
- 2 snack credits in the AM for two Venti lattes for my husband and I.
- An afternoon Iced Green Tea for the man and I, with a Venti Strawberry Acai for the kiddos to split
- If it’s cold out, we make that a hot chocolate with almond milk! Plus, we grab waters while we’re there.
Let’s talk about free water, because things have changed
The real reason I’m writing this post, because I didn’t really think it was necessary until now, was the change up with the free water.
Previously, (and I mean, go to any Starbucks anywhere and ask for water you’re good,) you could get large ice waters from Starbucks.
Well, last week at Animal Kingdom, they informed me they wouldn’t be giving out cups of water anymore and to take myself over to the self service station.
The self service station though is room temp water that other people have access to, with cups with no lids, and you aren’t allowed to fill up your water bottle, either.
Does this make me sound spoiled? Maybe, but I also just paid 6 dollars for a coffee. So the workaround I found is to ask for a cup of ICE, and then take that ice over to the self serve station. Still kinda weird, and maybe they’ll change it. I’ll keep this post updated.
Let’s talk about where you can find Starbucks at Disney World!
Ok people, listen up. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
Starbucks isn’t actually called Starbucks. Don’t ask me why the powers that be thought this was the time to rename one of the most iconic and easily recognizable coffee shops in the world. But they did, because they’re Disney.
This one is a little hard to find. So hard that they actually have a little sign holder outside during the busy seasons because you can just walk right by it. While you won’t believe me, it’s only a few hundred steps inside the park to the right.
The Starbucks at Animal Kingdom is one of my favorites because of the location. It doesn’t get too crowded (except that Flight of Passage backs up to it!) It’s called Creature Comforts! Come inside Discovery Island (where the big tree is at) and head to the left. You’ll run right into it!
Smack dab in the middle of Main Street (ok, kinda to the side) is likely one of the busiest Starbucks in the world at Magic Kingdom. As you walk down Main Street it will be on the right hand side before the ice cream shop. It’s the perfect location for that Starbucks/Cinderella Castle Picture.
Because Epcot is becoming EPCOT with all the construction and remodeling, Starbucks has actually been set up in a temporary location. And SURPRISE, it’s being called Starbucks (is that genius or is that genius). I’d give you directions to get there, but they might not be accurate when you read this post. I will tell you, it’s right before you get to Canada on the world showcase.
You’ve got three options when it comes to coffee. Starbucks, Joeffery’s and the regular coffee around the resort (which is also Joeffery’s).
But as for me, I’ll be enjoying my almond milk with my latte from Starbucks!