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Frappucinos of the Caribbean: Starbucks and Disney partner up

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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.


No fairytale ending for Rich Ross as Disney film studio chief

The Muppets Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross, (L) attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling for The Muppets on March 20, 2012. Ross will be stepping down as Chairman, it was recently announced.

It is not happily ever after for Rich Ross, who announced that after two years at the Walt Disney Co's movie studio, he will be stepping down as Chairman.

His exit follows the interplanetary adventure offering "John Carter," which burned up in release. With a ballooning budget, the film was one of the biggest financial fiascos in recent Hollywood history -- costs swelled to more than $250 million.

Never quite able to turn loose a monster franchise like "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana," which built his reputation as president of the Disney Channel, Ross remarked in an email to his staff, "I no longer believe that the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me," reports Reuters.

Only weeks before his departure, Ross hosted a hoity Hollywood premiere for the big-budget film "The Avengers," a special effects flick that is part of Disney's Marvel subsidiary and poised to be one of the summer's biggest draws.


A beard is a wish your face makes: Disney revises facial hair policy

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Disney, for the first time in its fixed and fastidious history, is allowing theme park workers in California and Florida to grow beards and goatees beginning Feb. 3. Princesses, beware of stubble burn.

"Here you leave clean-shaven and enter world of wooly, rough, and whiskered." 

The park personnel prohibition on cultivating facial fuzz began when Disneyland opened in the 1950s, and the policy went unchanged for decades. In 2000, a tweak to allow for mustaches was made, but only if the lip-loungers tufted up over a vacation, and were not developed on Walt's time.

Company officials decided now was a good time to give the hair policy a healthy trim, according to a Disney spokeswoman. 

Follicle fun aside, a new crop of rule changes has also introduced "casual Fridays" to employees that do not interact with park visitors.