Just a couple of years back, if you wanted to get a decent cup of coffee or tea somewhere inside the Big Purple Gates, you were out of luck.
With Nescafe on standby in most spots, the coffee outlook was dismal. And while Twinings teabags are available all over the place, there still wasn’t anything special about them.
But in the last few years, Disney has really stepped up their game in both the java and cuppa departments!
Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite tips from the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining — Where to Find Good Coffee and Tea in Walt Disney World.
By far, the biggest beverage news to hit Disney in the last few years has been its partnership with coffee giant Starbucks. Love them or hate them, you can’t dispute — they’re super popular.
Seriously…there’s a reason for the queue ropes inside! Have you seen a Disney Starbucks on a busy morning? Madness!
The first two Starbucks to open in Walt Disney World replaced established eateries — Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and Fountain View in Epcot. Now you can stroll right up to Cinderella Castle with your Vanilla Latte in hand, or enjoy your Frappuccino in the shade of Spaceship Earth.
Trolley Car Cafe, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starbucks outlet, opened a couple of years ago, bringing the famous mermaid to Hollywood Boulevard.
Aren’t a fan of Starbucks? Joffrey’s is considered the “official” coffee of Disney World and still operates a number of kiosks throughout the Parks, where you can grab a cup of coffee or a selection of espresso drinks.
Great Spots for Tea
If you prefer tea to coffee, there are also some great spots for you to enjoy a cup. And we aren’t just talking about your grandmother’s cup of tea.
One of my favorite spots for tea is the Royal Anandapur Royal Tea Company, a Joffrey’s location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I especially love to stop by here for an early morning cup and have that part of the Park to myself for just a few minutes. And with a wide array of exotic choices, I can always try something new.
And on hot and steamy days, no tea is better than a Frozen Chai!
If you’re looking for full tea service, you may want to check out Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Lounge in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. But be sure to book an advance dining reservation — it’s become quite popular.
In Disney Springs, Joffrey’s Tea Trader’s Cafe also offers up a variety of teas (including seasonal varieties) in hot, iced, and blended forms!
Press Pot Coffee
If you’re looking for a great pot of coffee to start your day or end your meal, you have some terrific choices there as well. Many of Disney’s table service restaurants offer fresh Press Pots of Coffee.
Often, the coffee variety complements the food served in the particular restaurant. For instance, guests dining at the Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy a press pot of genuine Kona Coffee at Kona Cafe.
Restaurants like Sanaa, Boma, and Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge serve Kenyan Coffee in Press Pots. And we’ve enjoyed a delicious signature Italian-style blend in Trattoria al Forno, located at the BoardWalk.
And the best part? Many of the spots offering Press Pots to share are moderately priced table service eateries.
What’s your favorite place to enjoy a stellar cup of coffee or tea in Walt Disney World? Leave a comment and share your best tips below!