I’d forgotten to post these photos I took a few months ago when Starbucks first opened it’s doors at Downtown Disney West Side. Well, better late than never I always say. This new Starbucks location is right on the water and has a fantastic rear porch. Of course it’s only a few months out of the year here in Central Florida where it’s actually cool enough that you’d want to sit outside let alone sit fireside, but Starbucks has ya covered with it’s moss covered mermaid fireplace.
OK. I admit it. There was one person outside on this sweaty afternoon.
Grass. It’s not just for grazing animals anymore. Actually, it’s an environmental feature.
The new site is Starbucks 500th LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) store. The standard, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a rating system for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. LEED certification is just one component of energy and environmental design for the Starbucks.
Among the elements of sustainable design at the new store at Walt Disney World Resort: 100 percent energy-efficient LED lighting; reclaimed oak, maple and other materials used throughout the store; community tables made from salvaged trees; a green roof consisting of hundreds of lemon grass plants. All the grass was grown in a nursery and it was fed with compost from coffee grounds from a nearby Starbucks store.
Love this big long window cause I love me some people watchin’.
Let’s take a look inside shall we?
The nearly 4,000 square foot store is a new page in the collaboration between two iconic brands. In March of this year, Starbucks and Disney teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.
David Daniels, the lead designer of the Orlando store, says both locations are the result of the “magic” that can happen when two storytelling companies work together to design distinctive, memorable experiences for customers.
The Orlando and Anaheim Starbucks locations share another special bond. For the first time, Starbucks is connecting customers through in-store interactive touchscreens. The 70-inch digital display panels – one in each Starbucks store – use built-in cameras to create chalk sketches of guests and their surroundings. Customers in the Disney World Starbucks will be able to interact with those in the Disneyland location.
The location is also the first Starbucks Reserve Store at the resort, offering rare and exquisite small-batch coffees from around the world. The store is equipped with the Clover Brewing System and four Mistrena espresso machines. Elegant bar seating encourages interaction between Starbucks baristas and customers. The store also has a more expansive food case than most cafes, and 30 Starbucks partners (employees) per shift serving customers.
This newest Disney Starbucks is modern and hip just like you’d expect it to be. It really is a beautiful space and will help draw tourists to the West Side area.