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The Big Debate: Does Starbucks belong at Disney theme parks?

Main Street Bakery

In this week's poll, we ask whether you are happy or disappointed to see Starbucks locations being opened at Disney's US theme parks.

This week saw the reopening of the Main Street Bakery at Disney's Magic Kingdom, an outlet that has been an enduring favourite of guests for many years. While it still retains its overall Victorian theme, the inside of the bakery has undergone a radical change. A handful of Disney-created items are on offer, but it is otherwise a fairly standard Starbucks coffee shop.

Gone is the air-conditioned, indoor seating area, in favour of a dual queue line that enables guests to be hustled in and out of the shop in the most efficient manner possible. The theming is still there, but it's more lightweight and there's no mistaking that this is a modern-day Starbucks.

If you want your favourite blend of coffee, though, it's likely that you'll receive it much more quickly at the revamped bakery than you did before. And it's not as if Disney parks have never featured outsider caterers before - when Disneyland opened, many of the shops and concessions were run by third-parties before they were gradually brought in-house. McDonalds restaurants were a feature of the park as recently as 2008.

Starbucks has already landed at Disney California Adventure, in the form of the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe. Outlets are also on their way to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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So what do you think? Are you happy to see Starbucks outlets at Disney parks, or are you upset to see Disney overhauling iconic locations such as the Main Street Bakery?

Does Starbucks belong at Disney's theme parks?

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There are 3 comments.

Why not? In my visiting days as a child - mid 1960s - The Big Franchise Names were Carnation...and Hills Bros. Coffee. True they didn't have their own sales shops like Starbucks. But the premise was the same - a familiar name selling it's product in Disneyland. No big deal. So, you either go there and enjoy the coffee, or go somewhere else and don't. Simple choice. And I think their themeing of the place is very nice and much more subtle than I thought they were going to be.

You ask two questions. I would vote yes to being unhappy, no to wanting Starbucks and others

I love Starbucks Coffee and I love Disney, so the opening of Starbucks stores in Disney theme parks are really a great combination for me. I could enjoy Disney theme parks while drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee in one time. Good combination!