Disney coffee, I love you a latte (guys, I had to). As I sit here sipping my Pumpkin Spice Latte while it’s a steamy 90 degrees out, all I can think of is that coffee is just better on Main Street. It’s true, and there are T-shirts, coffee sleeves, pins, and buttons to prove it. Just check Etsy and Instagram. Think about it — Disney and coffee, what could be finer? The answer is nothing. Today we will talk about the important marriage of the two and why it’s just…so…good.
My love affair with coffee started when I was around 7 or 8 years old. My mom would always make her coffee in the morning while she was getting ready for work. I remember it like it was yesterday. Every morning, she would sit at her vanity table with her hair done up in all curlers and drink her coffee as she “put on her face.” If she didn’t have a cup at home, she would make a cup as soon as she hit the office. I would take sips here and there but then I started drinking my own cups (not during the school week; don’t flip out, people). The weekends were extra special because I could be like mom and sit and drink my coffee in the morning. Needless to say, I drank my coffee with cream and sugar, just like mom did. Still to this day, I have to have creamer (I have tried many times to get off the creamer, but it just isn’t the same).
I was introduced to Starbucks when it first came to our town (you know, and then took over the world), and I never looked back. Anyone else think it was Daddy Warbucks coffee at first, from Annie? No? just me? Anyway, I use to be a straight mocha girl but I’m happy to say I have branched out a little. I am not as ‘basic’ as I used to be. Starbucks has accompanied many fond memories of my youth and beyond (is my youth gone already?). When I think of coffee now, I think of morning coffee dates with my mom’s best friend when she was in town (Love you, Niv), shopping with mom, hanging out with Young Life leaders in high school, road trips, and, now, Disney.
Knowing my love for Disney and my love for coffee, mashing these two things together only seems natural, right? When Disney first announced they would be opening Starbucks at its resorts, I was a little disappointed, actually. I felt like Disney was a sacred, untouched place and maybe Starbucks was too mainstream. I wanted Disney to remain in tact with nothing from the real world. After actually being there and seeing each location, though, my mind was changed. Why wouldn’t I want to drink my favorite latte while walking through my favorite place on earth?
When the caffeine hits you and you’re standing in the most magical place on earth, you can’t help but feel like you’re floating on air. Maybe you’ve had a little too much coffee at that point, but still. This is why coffee on Main Street, USA is that much better. It’s delicious and it’s nostalgic.
For those who aren’t Starbucks fanatics, Disney still gives you options. I’m sure you’ve seen Joffrey’s coffee around the parks. I must admit, my experience with Joffrey’s has not been that extensive but I will tell you what I already love about Joffrey’s. They support local communities and source only 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Beans. They promote quality and sustainable coffee growing as they create relationships with their farmers. Oh, and their coffee tastes amazing! What’s not to love? I don’t have any Joffrey’s nearby at home, but I will surely be making this more my go-to when at the parks.
Did I mention Joffrey’s has the technology to put pictures on your lattes? Pictures! Guys…. That’s insane!! As if Disney coffee could get any more magical, they go and do this. Joffrey’s will essentially stamp an image in the foam of your latte. Who knew that we haven’t capped out on latte art? Don’t have a picture you want to use? Just get Mickey! He would LOVE to chill with you as you sip on the nectar of the gods while strolling around Disney. I would also love to try out one if their infamous glazed donuts. I have heard good things Joffrey’s, and I’m coming for you!
Something else I think would be beneficial for my health is a Disney coffee tour. I have never had coffee at Kona and many others restaurants like Hollywood Brown Derby etc… Who’s with me? As producer Greg (Craig) always says, “Feel free to reach out.”
Having said all this, I had to find a way to bring my love for coffee and Disney home. Enter collectable Disney coffee mugs. I first realized how big the coffee mug community is by following people on Instagram. I would see these people’s collections and get serious FOMO. How could I have this too? The answer became a tradition for me. Each trip we took to Disney, I picked out a new coffee mug.
My collection is very small but I intend to let it bloom when it chooses. My first Disney mug was my Jack Skellington large mug from the Emporium on Main Street, USA. Shopping for mugs here is probably my favorite as they have a TON to choose from. So far, this mug is my favorite and I don’t care what time of year it is; I’m using it (Disney mugs are great for ice cream and soup too). After Starbucks hit the scene, I just had to collect the destination mugs. Of course, as soon as I bought the last one in the set, they came out with all new ones. Guess what I’ll be getting over the next few trips?
Drinking coffee at home from a Disney mug is not the same as being in the parks, but it’s certainly a close second. It’s a reminder of memories from old and ones to come. I don’t see this love affair ending anytime soon and would love to hear YOUR favorite memories too, coffee, Disney, or both! Shoot me a message or comment on IG @tales.from.the.tower. Until our next trip, here’s to coffee on Main Street, USA or your own living room.
Thanks to Nicole Ellington for the use of her amazing photos!