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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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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