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Starbucks makes a grand debut at Disney's Grand Californian

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After an inspired start in Disney's California Adventure park, the mouse's association with Starbucks coffee resulted in yet another winner of late as a new Downtown Disney location opened its doors to fitting fan acclaim. Situated below a corner of the luxurious Grand Californian Hotel, the well-received store takes over a traditionally troubled spot at the edge of the World of Disney with views of Naples Ristorante e Pizzaria across the way.

The third store at the resort is also the first outside of a park. Without a theme park environment to guide its aesthetic, the new location instead referred to underused elements of Disneyland's heritage. Dubbed a "reflection of two iconic brands," the cafe is heavy on wood and stone stylings that compliment the Arts & Crafts look of Grand Californian hotel above. Even the materials themselves were specially chosen for the location. Walls are adorned with reclaimed wood taken from old boxcars, a feature that contributes to the building's LEED rating as well as representing Walt Disney's passion for trains. A large painting above the counter welcomes visitors with imagery of sunlit Orange orchards, a reference to the area's citrus history. Numerous displays line the interior, including a ten-foot video installation showing the "story" of Starbucks' coffee beans and an interactive chalkboard touchscreen for kids to interact with. Outside, guests can view a living wall display comprised of a thousand native plants.


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