Is Your Starbucks Coffee Habit Taking Money Out Of Your Disney Vacation Fund?

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Surely by now you have heard that Starbucks has landed at Walt Disney World. For a while, Starbucks was a huge topic of conversation on the Internet in the Disney community, because many life-long Disney fanatics do not handle change very well.  Starbucks has taken the Main Street Bakery over in the Magic Kingdom.  The shop closed in January of ’13 and re-opened open in early June of this year. Over at Epcot, Starbucks is now inside the Fountain View.

It’s not surprising that people have been worried about change, given that the Main Street Bakery is about as American as apple pie, or at least it’s a favorite spot to pick up a snack that has nothing to do with a “big corporation” company like Starbucks. Disney locations that are inhabited by Starbucks are expected to serve all the general items that Starbucks usually serves. Additional Starbucks locations for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom should be announced soon.

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Going to Disney had meant that vacationers left their regular Starbucks habits behind, since there was no access to Starbucks coffee on Disney property. Unless perhaps you thought ahead, bringing your own crystals with you so you could make your Starbucks coffee in your hotel room. I am not a coffee drinker, but my goodness, lots of people are.  I absolutely love the smell of a cup of java, and I really love hanging out in quaint little coffee shops with dark lighting and yummy warm smells.

But my coffee love affair ends just short of the cup hitting my lips. And given the cost of coffee at coffee shops like Starbucks, I guess my coffee aversion has saved me some cash through the years. I don’t guess it has; I know that not drinking coffee has saved me money. So while some people are worried about Starbucks coming to Disney, many coffee drinkers should be worried about what coffee did to their bank account before they ever arrived in Orlando.

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Grumpy mug, different coffee mugs, Grumpy, I love coffee, drinking Disney coffee ran an article with some interesting stats on the coffee habits of Americans. While drinking coffee can improve endurance while working out and can prevent heart disease and Alzheimer’s, when you compare the price, coffee costs more than gasoline when poured by the gallon. A recent new study revealed that the average American drinks 70 gallons of coffee each year, which is enough to fill an entire bathtub. Whoa, that’s a lot of cash floating in that tub! reports that claimed the average American worker spends more than $20 a week on coffee.  This comes out to be an average of  almost $1,100 a year.  That’s a lot of money, especially when you consider the average commuter is paying around $1,476 per year to get to work. Some coffee drinkers are paying almost as much in coffee expenses on the way to work as they do to get to work. I think I mentioned before, being a cheapskate, that I was glad I didn’t drink coffee.

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CBS news looked into coffee houses and how much Americans spend on their coffee, and the numbers in their study were slightly lower than The average cost for a single trip to a nationally recognized coffeehouse (Dunkin Donuts, Caribou Coffee, and Starbucks, but for the sake of argument, let’s just say Starbucks, since we’re talking about them anyway) was $3.25. The cost of one purchase made five days a week  = $16.25. This makes the cost of “Starbucks” coffee $65 a month and $780 per year.

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This is certainly not a judgement against coffee drinkers, but enjoying a nice cup of Starbucks or Duncan Doughnuts coffee is expensive. And if you enjoy a cup frequently, you may be spending some of your Disney vacation money each morning on your commute to work. That’s why I said that Starbucks coming to Disney World may be the least of your financial worries, as some of you are spending thousands of discretionary dollars per year on coffee even while clipping coupons to get to Disney. Oops…your coffee habit may be working against your vacation habit. Like to know how much are you spending on your “Starbucks” coffee habit? has a coffee expense calculator that you can use to determine how much money you are spending on coffee. Could you do it? Could you cut back on your Starbucks coffee habit to get to Disney faster?

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the Main Street Bakery, sipping, what else…coffee!

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  1. Trixie says:

    Whoa! that’s really a lot of money and people fail to realize that. If I have to choose between Starbucks and Disney vacation, I would definitely go for the vacation. If it means giving up my favorite frappe, I will be very much willing to do it.

  2. Robert Walls says:

    Can you tell me where i can find the WWW mug that you have posted at the top of the page? My Aunt has never asked for anything specific for herself and when I posted that I was in the new Starbucks in Downtown Disney (Anaheim), she requested a mug with all of the characters.

    • Amanda says:

      I am pretty sure I photographed that at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney several years ago. The bad news is the mug is that old, and they may not manufacture it anymore. The good news is mug styles seem to hang around for years, so it may very well be in stores. I am pretty sure I saw it in resort gift shops at various times as well. Good luck! ~A.

  3. Biff says:

    This is ridiculous. You can cut out spending on clothes, movies, pizza, or anything else to save for vacation. Why do you correlate coffee and vacation? This makes no sense. And if you are going to cut something out to save money, how about saving it for retirement or health care instead of Disney? When you are 75 and living off welfare will those memories of Disney help you or haunt you because they represent yet another bad decision.

    And Starbucks is a big corporate, just like Disney, so when they left Starbucks behind they just spent their money with another big, uncaring corporation.

    • Amanda says:

      Well, hey Biff! You might not have noticed that this article was published in January of 2013, right before Starbucks landed on Disney property for the first time. Perhaps you are new to Disney topics on the Internet, but back then, Starbucks invading Disney’s Main Street was a HOT topic that everybody was talking about. Why did I correlate coffee and vacation? Because a coffee house (Starbucks) was being built in a place people take vacations (Disney World.) How does it make sense? If you are saving money for vacations, one place to make cuts is in your coffee consumption. The article didn’t say it was the ONLY way to save money, but it is one idea. Since I personaly like coffee less than clothes, movies, and pizza, it seemed a good place to start. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about retirement and welfare once Donald Trump becomes president in 2016. And that leaves more money for pizza!

      Hope you are enjoying a nice cup of coffee today, and thanks for reading!

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