It is opening day at the Magic Kingdom's completely refurbished Main Street Bakery featuring Starbucks beverages, breakfast sandwiches and baked goods.
Changes on the outside are minimal, besides new signage reflecting the Starbucks name, you would not really recognize much of a change. The changes on the inside however are much more significant. The first thing you will probably notice is that all of the seating has been removed. The bakery is now split into two sides, both offering the same menu, and both equipped with 3 registers and a pickup area. A grab and go case sits in the center of the two sides, along with a pastry and baked goods case. It is quite clear from the layout of the new bakery that Disney are expecting it to be extremely busy, and based on this morning's opening they are right. The queue was at capacity on both sides, and the plentiful number of cast members were cranking out the drinks at a quick pace.
With Starbucks being one of the most popular coffee house chains in the world you have more than likely sampled their goods. The full Starbucks drink menu is available, and all drinks are available as a snack item for those on the Disney Dining Plan. A small selection of Disney treats are available, including cup cakes, brownies and cookies. The fan favorite cinnamon roll is not however available, but can be purchased at Gaston's Tavern in the New Fantasyland. From park opening until 11am you can purchase Starbucks breakfast sandwiches, priced at under $5. We have the full Starbucks beverage and breakfast menu available here. As of today, the Tomorrowland Terrace continues to operate serving more substantial breakfast items. You can see that menu here.
Regular Starbucks visitors will be pleased to know that you can collect Starbucks Rewards with your purchases at the Main Street Bakery, but you cannot redeem My Starbucks Rewards. The location does accept Starbucks gift cards and the mobile app for purchases.
There seems to be no doubt that the Starbucks addition will be hugely popular with the vast majority of guests. For some they may not be happy to see a corporate coffee house move in, but for many, a cup of quality coffee will more than make up for that. The loss of seating is perhaps a bigger issue. There is now not a place to enjoy your bakery purchase indoors in air conditioning or during poor weather. On the other hand, they have doubled the number of guests that can be served, which should make things move much quicker and will suit many looking for a quick start to their Magic Kingdom day.
We have a photo tour around the new bakery below, so check it out, and let us know your thoughts on our discussion forum.