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Starbucks makes a grand debut at Disney's Grand Californian

New store contains numerous homages to the Disneyland location and company history.
New store contains numerous homages to the Disneyland location and company history.

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.