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Confirmed! Starbucks Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in February 2015

Okay, coffee lovers… what we’ve suspected for a while now has officially been confirmed by Disney: Starbucks is coming to Hollywood Studios in February 2015!

Starbucks logo

Starbucks logo

starbucksBut there are a few additional details along with the announcement: we’ve also got a name! The Trolley Car Café will have a “classic trolley car station” theme.

While Disney has only officially confirmed the location as being “along Hollywood Boulevard,” all signs point to the L.A. Prop Cinema Storage merchandise location, which closed for refurbishment a few months ago, and remains surrounded by refurbishment walls.

L.A. Cinema Prop Storage under refurbishment

L.A. Cinema Prop Storage under refurbishment

The location will carry food items found at Starbucks locations across the country (known as the Starbucks La Boulange line) as well as Disney-specific goodies.

"Pardon Our Dust"

“Pardon Our Dust”

So, there you have it… Hollywood Studios officially joins the ranks as the third of four Disney World parks to have its own Starbucks, along with Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery and Epcot’s Fountain View.

Starbucks certainly isn’t a stranger to Disneyland, either, where the very first in-park Starbucks location debuted at the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café in California Adventure.

Fiddler Fifer and Practical Cafe

Fiddler Fifer and Practical Cafe

With Labor Day weekend upon us, it’s already hard to figure out where the majority of 2014 went  ;) . If this year is any indication, February 2015 will be here before we know it. As always, we’ll keep you posted on more information as the date nears. In the meantime, have a great Labor Day Weekend, everyone!

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Trolley Car Cafe? Please let us know with a comment!

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22 Comments

  1. Randi says:

    I’m not too happy about it. When I go to Disney, I want unique food and beverage items that can only be found there, not at any of the 32,000-or-so locations of a chain that is EVERYWHERE. I don’t even care for Starbucks- everything always tastes burnt to me. I’ll just save my precious Disney dollars for other eating options.

  2. Sydney C says:

    Phew! *wipes forehead with hand* Writers Stop and Starring Rolls are safe!

  3. Gail says:

    Have to say, not impressed with Disney losing it’s uniqueness and allowing these big box chains to invade the parks. I too will spend my money elsewhere.

  4. Sandra says:

    We are not Starbucks fans in my family, although my son likes their hot chocolate in winter. I don’t mind if they want to serve SB brand coffees but I am disappointed to see unique places being turned into something I can see on every corner at home.

  5. Lynne says:

    I have to wonder what this will mean for Starring Rolls.

  6. Melanie says:

    As long as they leave my beloved Butterfinger cupcake alone, I am good with whatever they want to do with any of the food and merchandise locations in Hollywood Studios.

  7. Essie says:

    If this changes Starring Rolls’ or the Cappuccino cupcake at Pizza Planet, I’ll be very, very, very upset (and I think a lot of other people will be, also).

  8. Lisa says:

    I agree with others, I’m not a Starbucks fan at all and I too like to have unique food and beverages when I’m at Disney. I’m not impressed with any of this!

  9. Rocco says:

    I love Starbucks, so I’m excited! I’d never been to the place that they’re converting… As long as Writer’s Stop and Starring Rolls will still be there, I’m fine with a new starbucks :)

  10. Jon says:

    For all those talking about the “uniqueness” of food at Disney Parks and big brands coming in, they have always had big brands ever since day one. Ten years ago McDonalds fries and McNuggets were on sale in all WDW parks. Disney have partnered with coca-cola and Dole for many years as well as various other brands. Doritos were even invented by Frito-Lays at DisneyLand! Disney have also been serving Nescafé and Joffrey’s brand coffee for several years.

    Partnerships with brands are nothing new and many people like Starbucks. If you don’t get a Joffrey’s instead.
    I understand the frustration when the Main Steet Bakery was replaced as the new Starbucks has less baked goods and no seating. But at DHS they are replacing a shop with Starbucks at least.

  11. Cartier says:

    I personally don’t like Starbucks and I work there part-time so I don’t understand the hype, but I think Disney should get WAWA for Downtown Disney. Just a suggestion

  12. Nicole says:

    I was so nervous reading this news, worrying that Starbucks would be taking over Writer’s Stop. I am relieved that it is not as I love having this “hidden gem” in Hollywood Studios. I don’t mind the Starbucks presence in Disney too much but I hope they continue to incorporate them subtly into the existing park themes and keep it to one per park. Love the coffee but would probably get food and baked goods from solely Disney places.

  13. Sarah says:

    I doubt I’ll go to Starbucks while we’re in Disney- count me among those who prefer to try things at the parks that I can’t get at home. That said, I don’t really have a problem putting them in the parks. Glad to hear that with this one they won’t be putting it in the place of another beloved establishment.

  14. Georgeanne says:

    Sydney- I thought the EXACT same thing!!

  15. D says:

    I do enjoy Starbucks and have been to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot locations. A cup of coffee is an accompaniment to a meal; like Heinz with French fries or Coke at the concession. Starbucks with my Disney cup cake completes the experience. Did you think they were harvesting and roasting their own coffee beans before? They just replaced one brand with another contract. What is the difference between Starbucks and Dole Whip? Both are corporate inventions. One is ‘pure Disney’ the other is ‘invading the parks’. Come on…

  16. Gail says:

    Yes, John big box partnering is nothing new. But previously these partnerships did not replace iconic favourites in the Disney parks, such as Main St Bakery and Fountain View. For me the Starbucks in these locations, are notable steps down from Disney unique offerings, which were popular and positively reviewed eating/snack options. It seems like they are replacing a lesser option in DHS, but that was not the case in MK and Epcot. My husband and I now skip these Starbucks as when we walk into those spots we might as well still be at home instead of in the ‘magic’. As well, comparing Starbucks to Dole is a stretch, as I can’t walk into a shop at home and purchase a dole whip.

  17. Phil says:

    I have no problem with Disney partnering with any company…they have done it for years….but this is a bit different to me. Serving Starbucks coffee at Main Street Bakery would be one thing, but turning it into a Starbucks is another. It’s nice to find your favourites at the parks but the Bakery felt like it belonged in Walt’s recreation of Marceline, his cherished inspiration for Main Street USA. When I walk in now, it feels more like the strip mall 10 mins from my house.
    Same with Fountain View. I can only describe it as “feeling Disney” when you’d enter….now it doesn’t. I’ll reserve judgement on DHS until I see whether they can make it maintain the “Streets of Hollywood” feel or not.
    DISNEY REQUEST- If you’re going to make me see/experience Starbucks in every park…..can you put a Dole Whip station at the Starbucks near my house? THANKS!

  18. Kristina says:

    My first thought is I hope part of the deal isn’t to get rid of Starring Rolls, but hopefully since Disneyland has both Starbucks on Main Street and the Jolly Holiday close by, it’s safe. I won’t be buying any pastries at SB however their coffee is fine by me. Now there’s only AK left. Can’t imagine a SB in the Oasis!

  19. Rachel says:

    I love having Starbucks location in the parks but, for the love of god, get disney pastries in there! Starbucks pastries are so bad that I wouldn’t eat them in a disney park if I had to! Love drinking Starbucks in the morning walking down Main Street though :)

  20. MaryEtta says:

    LOVE Starbucks…and including it at the Disney Parks is a welcome addition!! Will love it with my Disney Cinnamon Roll!! Just wished it was served at the resorts too!

  21. Lynne S says:

    I do have a dole whip about 1 mile from my starbucks. It doesn’t taste the same as having 1 in the parks. I also feel like my starbucks just tastes better in the parks!!

  22. roz says:

    Can’t wait!!!! We love,love,love starbucks…but I agree, please leave Starring Roles as is and don’t, please don’t take away the Cappuccino cupcake as is…. that is our all time favorite cupcake…. Counting down until our trip!!! Less than 8 weeks…. will be there for the Christmas celebration… what a fabulous time to be at WDW ( of course anytime is a fabulous time to be there!!) SEE YA REAL SOON !!!!!

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