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Parents Rejoice As Starbucks Comes To Disney

Animal Kingdom Lodge

My children at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World.

I love Disney. Not in the “I’m a grownup who wears only Disney-themed t-shirts” way. But definitely in the “freaking awesome family vacation” way.

And yes, I know Disney now owns Babble, but who cares because that has nothing to do with what I’m talking about. I have never received free or discounted tickets to Disney or any other monetary consideration from Disney. This is pure unadulterated truth.

We took our son on his first Walt Disney World trip in the summer before he started kindergarten, at age six. To be honest, he didn’t know much about Mickey and Donald at that time, but he was a massive fan of Star Wars so we went on a Star Wars Weekend.  We stayed on property at the Grand Floridian and took a boat ride back and forth to the Magic Kingdom. We took pictures of him with Darth Vader and Chewbacca at Hollywood Studios. It was also the first time my husband had ever been to Disney World. We had an absolute blast.

We went back again a couple of years ago when my youngest turned four, because she was obsessed with the show “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and was eager to do the Hot Dog Dance with Mickey himself. (We have a rule in our house that whenever the Hot Dog Dance music comes on everyone has to drop what they’re doing immediately and run to the living room to dance together.) This time we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and every day when we came back from the parks my children would race down the halls to get to our room and run out to the balcony to see what types of animals were grazing below our windows.

Disney is magical. It’s happy making. There’s no doubt about it. Where else can you combine all the best celebrations of life — parades, fireworks, balloons, ice cream, face painting, carousels and musical revues — into one convenient package?

I’m not sure how it could get more perfect for family travel. Wait. I am sure: better coffee.

And now … could it be? My dreams have come true. The Los Angeles Times reports that Starbucks will open for the first time inside a Disney park when it opens the first of six Starbucks cafes this June at Anaheim’s Disney California Adventure. Starbucks will then follow up with more stores at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Florida.

Now I can show up at the parks right when they open with a smile on my face and the promise of caffeine in my bloodstream. Parents everywhere, REJOICE!!!

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