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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.


The happiest spray on earth? Disney altercation video raises security questions

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A four-minute, profanity-heavy altercation between a seemingly drunk man and an employee of Disney's California Adventure was recorded Saturday afternoon by a park visitor.

The incident occurred near the "Tower of Terror" attraction where the suspect is seen punching, kicking, and grabbing a costumed park worker -- dressed as a bellhop in a straw hat -- who was attempting to subdue him with a repellent spray.

Despite long blasts to the face, the happiest spray on Earth administered by the Disney employee did very little to stop the suspect, who continued to curse and fight and ultimately knock the employee to the ground.

The suspect -- 53-year-old Glenn Horlacher -- was eventually restrained on the ground by two guests until authorities arrived. He was arrested for battery and assault by Anaheim police, booked into jail, and later released on a citation.