Tips from the DFB Guide: The Best Spots for Coffee and Tea in Walt Disney World

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.

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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 DiningWhere to Find Good Coffee and Tea in Walt Disney World.

Starbucks

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.

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Trolley Car Cafe –the home of Starbucks in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Seriously…there’s a reason for the queue ropes inside! Have you seen a Disney Starbucks on a busy morning? Madness!

The Line at a Disney Starbucks Can Get CRAZY Long

The Line at a Disney Starbucks Can Get CRAZY Long

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.

Fountain View Starbucks in Epcot

Fountain View Starbucks in Epcot

Two additional stores are located in Downtown Disney — one walk-up window nestled between entrances to World of Disney and a larger store in West Side, which boasts a Starbucks Reserve Counter.

Coffee on fire!

Enjoying a Cup of Coffee on the Patio of Starbucks West Side

Trolley Car Cafe, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starbucks outlet, opened a couple of years ago, bringing the famous mermaid to Hollywood Boulevard.

Trolley Car Cafe is now open!

Trolley Car Cafe is now open!

And shortly after Trolley Car threw open its doors, the final Walt Disney World store opened in Creature Comforts in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Starbucks in Animal Kingdom

Starbucks in Animal Kingdom

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.

New Hot Teas  at Royal Anandapur Tea Company

New Hot Teas at Royal Anandapur Tea Company

And on hot and steamy days, not tea is better than a Frozen Chai!

Frozen Chai

Frozen Chai at Royal Anandapur Tea Company

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.

Press Pot Coffee

But 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.

French Press of Kona Coffee

French Press of Kona Coffee

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.

Press Pot of Coffee

Press Pot of Coffee at Trattoria al Forno

And the best part? Many of the spots offering Press Pots to share are moderately priced table service eateries.

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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!

Comments

  1. Sandra says

    We are not Starbucks fans at all and are sorry to see them changing to full SB locations instead of just serving SB brand coffee at the Main Street Bakery and other spots. We do love tea though, and have enjoyed hot tea from the stand in Asia in AK many times. I see they have eliminated a couple from the list we used to enjoy, but they probably weren’t popular enough is my guess.

  2. bob says

    Don’t overlook the espresso at Writer’s Stop at DHS, and the Cafe Cubano at Bongo’s in DTD, also great press pot coffee at Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge

  3. says

    I’ve been known to drive all the way across property to visit Contemporary Grounds. The Java Bar at the Swan is pretty great also.

  4. ran6110 says

    The real question about Starbuck at DL or DW is can you use the new pre-order and pay feature through their mobile app?

    With Starbucks at any vacation spot you get a tremendous number of people that have no idea what they want and wait until the last minute to pay attention to the options. This just slows things way, way down and I’ve seen many people get angry enough to start making loud comments.

    One time last year at the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe (California Adventure Park) a woman almost caused a riot when after a long drawn out order process she decided to take her 4 or 5 year old over to the pastry display to let her pick something out. Even people that had been calm (up until that moment) started being very vocal with the mother and the counter help.

    It was not pretty and since then I’ve carried the Starbuck’s Via packs of Pike or House Blend with us instead of actually going to the Starbucks!

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