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Mickey mugs | Starbucks announced on Monday a partnership with Disney to bring coffee shops into all six California and Florida theme parks.
The happiest half-caff-no-foam-single-pump-vanilla-soy-latte on Earth is but a mouse ear away. Seattle-based Starbucks announced Monday a partnership with Disney that will see coffee outlets opening in each of its six California and Florida theme parks.
In keeping with the pioneer spirit of the Golden State, the first shop to open this summer will be inside Disneyland's California Adventure park, followed by a barista-manned 'bucks at the original Disneyland park.
Anaheim's mouse houses will finally join the distinguished directory of international Starbucks destinations like the Tower of London, the Louvre in Paris, and even where the Berlin Wall once stood, noted KPCC’s Hettie Lynne Hurtes.
But don't expect the cafes to stick out like sore forest green thumbs. In keeping with Disney's long-held tradition of style strictness and fashion absolutism, the Starbucks outposts will be fairy-dusted to blend into their surroundings.
The California Adventure shop will be named after the Three Little Pigs, and visitors will find the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe near the park’s entrance, imagineered from decor to design to wardrobe, to resemble 1920s Los Angeles.
Regulations aprons are out and co-branded wears and wares are in. The chain said they may offer a "Mickey Mouse cookie or two" in addition to the Starbucks menu. And while the Starbucks logo will not be posted outside, the name will be printed vertically on entry way posts.
Disneyland Paris opened a store in the Disney Village in June 2009, but this will be the first time the chain will have percolated past the park perimeter. No financial terms of the deal were released.
PS: If within a year a Donald Duckbucks doesn't materialize somewhere in the park, or a Tazo Tearoom next to the Tea Cups, then you're not even trying to make this fun.
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