Starbucks Comes to Disney World, Controversy Ensues

The coffee giant's presence on Main Street does not please purists -- but we have some ideas for keeping it on-brand

If you're a coffee lover and a Disneyphile, you might thrill at this news: Disney is adding a Starbucks location to Main Street at its Disney World park in Florida.

The Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom is being revamped and transformed a Starbucks, even as you read this, with new signage going up in and around the building this week, the Disney Food Blog reports.

But not everyone is happy about the new developments. Disney purists worry that the bakery space will lose its quaint Victorian-inspired charm, and that Starbucks doesn't fit in with the utopian version of small-town America Main Street is meant to represent. After all, the theme park means to immerse its guests in the total Disney experience -- and many argue that a corporate coffee giant simply makes that impossible.

To ease the transition, Starbucks might consider Disney-fying the venue -- and the old-timey spin on the logo as seen in Disney Food Blog's photos show that it's already making the effort.

Here are our other ideas for how else the famous brand can make it happen:

We like the coziness of the logo -- and that it's rendered in a more muted brown rather than bright green. But what about punching it up with even more Disney pop -- by substituting Mickey or Minnie for the mermaid?

We'd like to see the baristas in outfits that pay homage to a utopian Main Street ideal. How about cute vintage-inspired waiter and waitress garb?

And what about new coffee drinks unique to Disney? We can hear it now: "I'll have a double half-caf skim Mickey mocha…"

In keeping with a turn-of-the-last-century feel of the old Main Street Bakery, let's see Starbucks offer its drinks for a nickel!

What do you think of the new Starbucks opening at Disney World?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer, iVillage's Chief Lifestyle Blogger, and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter

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