The apocalypse arrived 7 months late as the Starbucks Coffee shop opened in the old/still there Main Street Bakery. And here we are, still here, a week later. Thankfully, because I really wanted to see Book of Mormon the past weekend.
As with the Fiddler & Practical Cafe in DCA, the new Main Street Baker sells Starbucks coffee, tea, and other drinks, but conversely, they ONLY sell Starbucks pastries and food. Good news for those looking for something familiar from the outside and for those wanting breakfast items all day. Maybe that bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich at 2pm can sure that Drinking Around the World hangover?
In order to maximize guest flow and space the old layout was gutted and a more efficient operations implementation was chosen. Cast members take remote orders while guests wait in line, then proceed to the cash registers once their have their coffee cake and Venti Soy Mochas with double pump of almond.
I think Starbucks in the parks is a huge step up coffee quality, even if I don't think the coffee is that particularly great. The most interesting thing for me is why Disney decided to open Starbucks in a small, cramped area in a location on Main Street host to an already very popular dining establishment. Why not go down 500 feet and around a corner to the Tomorrowland Terrace, which was open before rope drop for breakfast when the Main Street Bakery was closed. You'd still have the unique bakery options and then Starbucks very close by. It seems like a no-brainer, but oh well.
It seems odd that locations in the MK like Tomorrowland Terrace, Adventureland Veranda, and more remain shuttered while other locations get repurposed. Some times I'll never understand Disney.
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