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Disney World’s Main Street Bakery: Can You Afford Starbuck’s Prices?

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The Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom caused quite a stir last year when they essentially became a Starbucks after months of remodeling. When the doors re-opened in June of 2013, the sign above the door still read “Main Street Bakery,” but the great majority of the food and drink items sold there were revealed to be Starbucks products. “The Cinnamon Roll,” a long time bakery favorite with many fans, was moved to Gaston’s Tavern. Not that there was a tremendous amount of seating to begin with, but what seats there had been were removed to make room for two sides of counter space for ordering, sales and product delivery.

Disney fan’s reactions? Long-time bakery lovers complained on the Internet, some actually boycotting the new bakery, meanwhile Starbucks fans rejoiced there was finally some “good” coffee to be found in the Magic Kingdom. If they are not currently open by now, Starbucks locations will be found in all four theme parks and Downtown Disney.

So even if you can’t have a seat, or purchase bakery items you loved before the remodel, have you ever wondered about the prices? Can you afford Starbucks items when they are served on Disney property?

Let’s take a look at current menu items and pricing, and you Starbucks regulars can decide if these prices are higher or lower than what you currently pay.

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Disney World Starbucks prices

Coffee, Tazo Tea & More

These items count as a Disney Dining Plan snack, and the sizes are Tall 12oz./Grande 16 oz./Venti 24 oz.

Freshly Brewed Coffee – Regular or Decaf $1.99/$2.19/$2.49
Caffe Misto $1.99/$2.19/$2.49
Tazo Chai Tea Latte $3.49/$4.29/$4.49
Full-Leaf Tazo Tea $2.29/$2.49/$2.79
Hot Chocolate $2.99/$3.39/$3.69
Kids’ (age 12 and under)Hot Chocolate – 8 oz. $2.89

Frappuccino Blended Beverages

These items count as a Disney Dining Plan snack item, and the sizes are Tall 12oz./Grande 16 oz./Venti 24 oz.

Choose Milk: Whole, 2% or Nonfat Organic Soymilk  add $.59
Coffee: Decaf, Extra Coffee +49¢, Espresso Shot, add $.79

Caramel $4.29/$4.99/$5.49
Mocha $4.29/$4.99/$5.49
Java Chip $4.29/$4.99/$5.49
Coffee $3.59/$4.29/$4.99
White Chocolate Mocha $4.29/$4.99/$5.49
Mocha Light $4.29/$4.99/$5.49

Vanilla Bean $3.59/$4.29/$4.99
Strawberries & Creme $4.29/$4.99/$5.49
Double Chocolaty Chip $4.29/$4.99/$5.49
Green Tea $4.29/$4.99/$5.49

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Starbucks snacks on Main Street

Smoothies

These items count as a Disney Dining Plan snack item, and they are blended with a whole banana and whey protein.

Strawberry, Mango, or Chocolate $4.99 

Espresso

These items count as a Disney Dining Plan snack item, and they come in sizes Tall 12oz./Grande 16 oz./Venti 24 oz.

Caramel Macchiato $3.99/$4.79/$4.99
White Chocolate Mocha $3.99/$4.79/$4.99
Cinnamon Dolce Latte $3.99/$4.79/$4.99

Caffe Latte $3.69/$3.99/$4.39
Caffe Mocha $4.29/$4.59/$4.89
Iced Caffe Mocha $3.99/$4.79/$5.29
Vanilla Latte $4.29/$4.59/$4.89
Skinny Vanilla Latte $4.29/$4.59/$4.89
Caffe Americano $2.49/$2.79/$3.29
Cappuccino $3.69/$3.99/$4.39

Espresso solo $2.99, doppio $3.99

Add Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel or Peppermint flavors: $.49
Add an Espresso shot: $.79
Add Organic Soymilk : $.59

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Disney World Starbucks menu

Starbucks Refreshers

These items count as a Disney Dining Plan snack item, and the come in sizes Tall 12oz./Grande 16 oz./Venti 24 oz./Trenta 31 oz.

Cool Lime $3.29/$3.79/$4.29/$4.79
Very Berry Hibiscus $3.29/$3.79/$4.29/$4.79

Iced Coffee & Iced Tazo Tea

These items count as a Disney Dining Plan snack item, and they come in sizes Tall 12oz./Grande 16 oz./Venti 24 oz./Trenta 31 oz.

Iced Coffee $2.19/$2.59/$2.99/$3.49
Iced Coffee with Milk $2.19/$2.59/$2.99/$3.49
Shaken Iced Tazo Tea $1.99/$2.49/$2.99/$3.29
Iced Tazo Tea Lemonade $2.99/$3.49/$3.99/$4.29

Breakfast Items

Bacon and Gouda Artisan Breakfast Sandwich $4.99
Ham and Cheddar Artisan Breakfast Sandwich $4.99
Sausage and Cheddar – Classic breakfast sandwich $4.49
Spinach, Feta, Eggwhite breakfast wrap $4.99

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So there you go, prices for the new Main Street Starbucks Bakery. Breakfast items for under $5.00 and iced coffees for under $3.00. If you look closely, these prices are actually lower than many of the goodies and treats in many locations throughout Disney World. And remember that prices and menu items can change at any time without notice.

You may have to stand to eat at the counters along the wall or outside on the sidewalk, but you certainly won’t wreck your vacation budget if you pay a visit.

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Are these prices what you pay on a day to day basis when you visit Starbucks? And because most people have daily access to Starbucks products, does this make you look more or less forward to a bakery visit?

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in line with your Starbucks gift cards…

 

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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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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Disney World’s NEW & Improved Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)

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It was Walt Disney that said, this sentence so often quoted in regard to his humongous and ever-changing empire, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Quite a few eyebrows were raised by Disney fans everywhere when it was announced that Starbucks was taking over the Magic Kingdom’s beloved Main Street Bakery. Change – it happens all the time at Disney World. They change the flowers. They tear down Mickey and Minnie’s homes and put up a circus. They build new resorts. They tear down shows and put in Star Wars Land (Ok, that’s still rumor. Just seeing if you are paying attention.) Change.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

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new Main Street Bakery

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” That’s another of my favorite Walt Disney quotes, and really how I approach any news of coming changes within the gates of WDW. I like to be optimistic, be hopeful, but I lost this one. The Disney Main Street Bakery that I knew and loved is gone.

I managed to score four tickets for a preview into The NEW Main Street Bakery on Father’s Day, June 16th, 2013, the last day of our summer Disney vacation. Walking by on the way to snag FASTPASSES to Space Mountain 20 minutes after park opening, I saw two Cast Members handing out tickets. Forget Space Mountain…I shoved my husband and sons into the waiting line. I thought they were tickets just to get in the door for a soft opening preview. Imagine my surprise when it was tickets for free food and drinks. Woohoo! FREE! I looked at my husband and said,”Happy Father’s Day!”

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Here’s a breakdown for you, trying to be as unbiased as possible, because while I fear change as a general rule, I also try to embrace it so I can keep moving forward.

The Good

I love all improvements to buildings, rides, and whatever the Disney Company chooses to “plus.”  The term “plus it” was commonly used by Walt Disney to  mean making further improvements to a project, no matter if it was a film, a television show, or a theme park. You Starbucks fans have been “plussed.” There are a lot of coffee/latte options, and The Bakery smells of delicious Starbucks Coffee. After years of reading complaints about whatever coffee Disney was serving, apparently Nescafe, you guys will be happy.

My husband said the breakfast sandwich he ate was really good, probably one of the best “meals” he had eaten on Disney property during our vacation.

My piece of berry coffee cake was Ok; it was better than a Wilderness Lodge brownie I once ate, but not as good as the Lemonade Cupcake they served at the Contempo Cafe last summer. Average.

I have read online that those people on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) will be able to purchase food and drinks here that will count as snack credits. This is great news if you were planning to buy your Caramel Macchiato here anyway, because that’s one less expense.

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My sons said their Vanilla Bean Latte was fabulous.

We didn’t actually get a coffee. This Disney Princess is no fan of coffee or latte from anywhere, so I let them enjoy it.

The Cast Members are as delightful as ever. They were helpful, smiling, and exactly what I have come to expect from Disney employees. They did not disappoint. The Cast Member that got us the vouchers actually went back into the building to get them for us, and we thanked her no less than three times. This is Disney World at its finest.

The floors were lovely, the wood trim was warm and inviting, and the brick work was a nice touch. It’s nothing to do cartwheels over, but the building has been updated. I personally liked the old building, but this change in appearance is still a positive.

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The Bad

Those Bakery fans who loved all the food they offered previously will be disappointed, or I was in a huge way. I never ate breakfast at the old Main Street Bakery, but  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans said there was a ham and cheese croissant on the breakfast menu that was fabulous. No croissant items are listed on the new menu.

Remember the famed Main Street cinnamon roll?

Disney World Main Street Cinnamon Roll

It’s no longer on the menu.

I remember an apple turnover bigger than my hand. My youngest son and I split one like six years ago on the sidewalk outside The Bakery. How do I remember? Because it was that yummy, better than any bakery food I have in my home town.

I remember a massive slice of chocolate cake. I remember a chocolate chocolate-chip muffin with white powdered sugar sprinkled on top. I remember carrot cake, because while I am not a fan, my middle child certainly is. He bought a slice every trip with his own money. Come to think of it, I probably remember too many yummy calorie-filled snacks.

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I remember a cinnamon roll so huge we split it in fourths. Word has it this treat has been relocated to Gaston’s Tavern in the new Fantasyland, which is not open as far as I know after Wishes, and it’s like two miles away from Main Street. OK, it feels like two miles, but it’s probably just one-quarter of a mile away. And I know there are fans of Le Fou’s Brew out there, don’t send me hate mail, please, but I thought that drink was blah at best, cold apple juice at worst, and I only set foot in the door once despite the amazing night-time lighting.

I don’t think of the new Fantasyland as the place to eat my Main Street Bakery cinnamon roll. What I knew is gone, and Starbucks stole it.

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All my yummy snacks, the ones I looked forward to from The Bakery, are gone, gone, gone the way of Snow White’s Scary Adventure, or at least when I was there for the preview visit.

In Internet chatter regarding the new Bakery, many people have remarked that Disney is filled with corporate sponsorships, in fact there is an Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor almost door. My issues with the changes are not about branding and corporate sponsorships. I don’t buy coffee anywhere, so I honestly don’t care what brand of coffee is being served; it could be Goofy’s Coffee Company for all I care. Most people i know go to Starbucks for the quality of coffee, not necessarily for a snack. There are snacks all over the Magic Kingdom, and I was one of those people who ate here for the quality of the snack.

I wrote two paragraphs ago, “What I knew is gone, and Starbucks stole it.” A Reddit reader found this to be “a bit over-the-top.” Well, I’m going to stand by that as far as the food. Starbucks may have brought in a tremendous taste improvement as far as coffee, but it dropped substantially in terms of quality of snacks. That cake pop below is pretty, but it’s no match quality-wise for any of the foods I mentioned they served previously.

Bring in your Starbucks Frappuccinos, your Goofy’s Coffee, your Coca Cola coffee, (insert any brand here) but leave the Bakery snacks as they were. I read a review where it was pointed out that The Main Street Bakery wasn’t actually baking their food items on site. Neither is Starbucks, so why change up a good thing?

But hey, things change, and the menu might as well.

Wiping a formerly sugar-filled tear…

Starbucks Disney snacks

The Ugly

There is no seating now. This was a horrible realization for my family. Both my sons asked where we would sit with our food. Well, dears, mommy doesn’t exactly know.

This has really messed up my after “Wishes” snack plans in a royal Cinderella Castle-sized way. I was one of those die-hard Disney fans that watched people walking down Main Street toward transportation – on their way home  – while I enjoyed a snack in The Bakery. It was like a secret we knew, along with thousands of other Disney fans, that when the Magic Kingdom closes, you get a snack and stay a while. Some of us waited so long they kindly reminded us it was time to go now.

Starbucks stole the seats, and now there are a couple small (probably granite) counters to stand at. Listen, I’ve stood enough by 11 p.m. I liked my table. My kids liked the tables. We sat and watched the glass blowers in Crystal Arts next door. We watched sleepy kids sit in mom and dad’s laps and eat snacks. We talked about what we would order on our next visit. We watched parents fight, lovers share snacks with one fork, girls rip off princess dresses in preparation for a good night’s sleep beginning in a stroller. We watched a lot. We ate a lot of snacks on those small tables through the years, and if there wasn’t table space, you sat on the bar by the wall.

We enjoyed a lot of late night snacks in the Main Street Bakery, had some good conversations, made some vacation plans.

Goodbye tables and yummy snacks. Hello…Starbuck’s coffee? Hello Starbuck’s cookie standing at a counter? Readers have remarked that “it’s silly to get mad about this kinda stuff,” and that I was being “nitpicky” and “complaining just to complain.” I say to them…you never enjoyed a great snack here with family, because if you had, you would know what you are missing out on in the future.

Disney Main Street Sarbucks

If the worst I can say is there is nowhere to sit, then that’s not all that bad, really. It’s a nice, clean shop with reasonable prices and friendly staff.

What I have lost is memories, and a table and chair on which to make future memories. Yeah, yeah, there are tables down the street  and at the train station, but ya know, change is hard.

I’ll be back, but not like I was. I’ll stop in if I need a cold drink, because they do not lack in available soda bottles. I’ll stop in if my high school-aged daughter wants to get a latte, even though we have a Starbucks offering the same latte just 10 minutes from my house.  I’ll be back if I want to accompany my husband as he purchases another breakfast sandwich, and I’ll walk with him while he eats it, hoofing it down the sidewalk on the way to more FASTPASSES.

Wait…Disney just changed the Fastpass system too. Wow, change can be hard!

But I won’t like it, not like I used to. I’ll just have to find a “new” favorite snack spot, maybe in different  park. We found a great coffee shop in Hollywood Studios with the coldest air EVER and a really great cherry pastry over by Star Tours. Yea, maybe I’ll go there and pout and talk about what was, how the Main Street Bakery used to be when my kids were kids.

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When I think of “Main Street,” the kind Walt Disney so fondly remembered from his childhood, I think of soda fountains, quaint stores, and cafes where I could spend time with family and friends. I don’t think of drive-through windows and taking my coffee to go. I’m on vacation to get away from my McDonald’s Happy Meal world. I’d like a table to have a seat, rest my feet, plan my next stop, with my vacation-weary butt parked in a chair.

I didn’t win this round of change, but I truly have high hopes for that Cars Land rumor.

Stop by when Starbucks, I mean the new Main Street Bakery, and see for yourself. Let us know what you thought… 

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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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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. [Read more…]