My Take on Starbucks Coffee Locations Coming to Disney Parks

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

My Take on Starbucks Coffee Locations Coming to Disney Parks

When I moved here to Savannah almost three years ago, I never even thought about the possibility of not having a drive-thru Starbucks [or three] within five minutes of my house. That’s probably a good thing, because if I would’ve researched it, I wouldn’t have found very good news. You see, there is only ONE drive-thru Starbucks in Savannah [yes, I really said ONE], and it’s about a 35-minute drive from my house. There is one inside Kroger, but I can hardly even count that one because, seriously…who wants to park, get out of their car, stand in a line of at least six people, and come out 15 minutes later with their drink? Not this girl. Coffee is serious business in Seattle and the longer I’m here, I’m realizing that it’s NOT a priority for people to have a drive thru on their way to work because there aren’t any of those tiny little coffee stands either.

Here’s the funny thing about me and coffee. I only like the fancy espresso drinks at Starbucks. My favorite summer drink is a White Chocolate Mocha Frappucino and my favorite winter drink is a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha. The only drip coffee I LOVE is from Dunkin’ Donuts. And it’s not their fancy, flavored stuff either, just the plain old regular. We were lucky to have Costco back home and when they started carrying Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, we became spoiled. Then we learned about the Keurig! Thank goodness for Dunkin’ Kcups! Don’t get me started about their prices though…that’s a whole separate blog post!

Anyway, as some of you may have heard, Starbucks will be opening locations at Disney Theme Parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. The first two Walt Disney World locations will open in 2013. The picture below shows the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café that has already opened on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park. I’m super excited that the very first location EVER inside a Disney theme park where you can enjoy refreshing Starbucks coffee and espresso drinks has opened at the Disneyland Resort!!

At Magic Kingdom Park, Main Street Bakery was closed for refurbishment back in January 2013. When it re-opens in early summer, Main Street Bakery will keep its name and theming and continue to serve Disney favorites like cookies, brownies and seasonal cupcakes, in addition to Starbucks signature beverages and other menu items. At Epcot, Fountain View has temporarily closed. When Fountain View reopens in midsummer, it will serve Starbucks products.

Now, don’t worry, each Starbucks location inside a Disney Park will reflect the theme of its surroundings. At Magic Kingdom Park for example, Cast Members will wear a costume consistent with the early 20th century look and feel of Main Street, U.S.A. At Future World in Epcot, the new Starbucks location and Cast Member costumes will be designed to match the park’s futuristic theme. The Imagineers know what’s up and I have complete confidence that when I walk into these new locations, it will not feel like I’m walking into my local Starbucks in my home town.

My friend Nicole over at SparklyEverAfter.com was fortunate enough to visit with her friend Robert Farrell, an Artist at Disney Consumer Products, and was able to capture and share some of the artwork he drew for a few select Starbucks locations at Imagineering, Walt Disney Studios and the creative campus where Disney Consumer Products is! Check out Part I and Part II of her awesome report! You won’t believe how awesome the drawings are!

I am so excited about the thought of walking down Main Street, U.S.A. during the holiday season with my Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha that I LOVE! How about you? Which signature Starbucks treats are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Wordless Wednesday

My Princess Minnie Mouse coffee cozy hand-made by my FABULOUS sister-in-law!

Wordless Wednesday

10 Tips on Making Life Easier & More Efficient while On The Go

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10 Tips on Making Life Easier and

More Efficient while On The Go

 

I don’t know about you, but my time is a hot commodity these days. I am always looking for ways to save time and keep things fun in our on-the-go summer lives here in Savannah!

1. If you have kids, you need to invest in portable DVD players for your car! They’ve saved our lives for long [and short] road trips. We keep our DVD box in the car permanently so that we never forget it. Thanks to live-streaming, we don’t need them at home much any more.

2. We live by the beach and keep all of our beach supplies packed in our vehicle so they’re ALWAYS ready to go at a moments notice. We rinse everything before we leave the beach so it’s always clean when it’s in the van.

3. Always keep a handful of plastic grocery bags in your glove box and have one hanging on the arm rest to use as a garbage. Kids’ garbage seems to multiply quickly!

4. Have your kids keep a travel backpack that’s always ready to go. Our kids keep their handheld gaming systems and games in there with the chargers. Our younger one keeps crayons and a pad of paper in her backpack. We let them pack their own so they have what they want!

5. Road munchies are a MUST! We like to bring chewy granola bars in the car with us to fill in the cracks between meals. We choose the chewy ones because they don’t [usually] make a big mess in the car!

6. Always keep a list with you! I keep separate ongoing lists for different stores I frequent. One of the things on my list are the sizes of all the air-conditioning filters we have in our house because I’m always at the store when I realize we need them!

7. Ask for help! If your kids are old enough and capable of helping you get ready, have them give you a hand! I love it when kids take the initiative to help out when they’re a little older and starting young gets them thinking about it early.

8. Use your smartphone! It’s really the best thing ever! You’ve heard me talk about my online calendar in a previous post, sync it with your smartphone and your world will be a better place. I still run into people that don’t think they need one, but trust me, THEY DO!!

9. Keep a box of baby wipes in your car! Even though you’ve done all the prep work for these great road trips, you’re going to need to be prepared for those unexpected messes!

10. Sometimes you run into things that are a little more expensive because they are REALLY convenient. Every now and then, spend the extra money for the convenience and spend the extra time with your family! You’ll be really happy you did!

The biggest thing that keeps me on the go is my coffee! I’m a huge coffee fan from Seattle and I have to tell you, I am pretty excited about these new Seattle’s Best Iced Lattes! They are the official latte of pretty much everything, great for any time or place for us busy on-the-go coffee drinkers, especially road trips! You want to try one, don’t you? Well, here’s a coupon for $1.50 off a 4-pack to get you started. Go ahead and try them and let me know what you think in the comment section!

About Seattle’s Best New Iced Lattes

It’s low calorie: Just 130 calories per can.
It’s affordable: A premium latte for just $1.49? And a 4-pack is an even better deal, at just $4.99.
It’s everywhere: Available in major grocery, convenience and other retail stores.

About Seattle’s Best Coffee

As coffee blenders and roasters since 1970, we’ve seen a lot come and go. We went from a tiny shop on the Seattle waterfront to being declared Seattle’s Best Coffee in a local competition. In 2003, we joined the Starbucks family which has allowed us to place more resources into further honing our special way of crafting delicious, impossibly smooth coffee. Every step of the process, from coffee cherry to your cup, is managed to fit our exacting standards and our premium approach to coffee. Now, we’re making it easier to find your perfect coffee with our new Level System.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Top Ten Time-Saving Tips For Busy Moms

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Top Ten Time-Saving Tips For Busy Moms

 

When I was a new mom, I used to look at parents I worked with and think, “how do they have the time to get it all done?”. Now that I have a 13-year old and a VERY BUSY 9-year old, I get it…all moms are busy moms! I thought I would share my top ten tips for saving time that help keep me on task and get everything I need to get done DONE every week, with some help from Dad and the kids!

1. I plan out our meals with the family on the weekend so we know what we’re having each day. We account for the leftovers too so we can make something completely different with them on another day.

2. I grocery shop once a week in the earlier part of the morning WITHOUT my kids!

3. I top off my gas tank when I’m done shopping because the gas station is right in the same parking lot.

4. I have a poster on our fridge with a daily “chore list” for everyone in the family because a little mess to clean up daily is much better than a huge mess on the weekend. If they don’t clean it as good as you, who cares? They’ll learn!

5. I make lots of crock-pot meals that are started in the morning and cook for 8 hours saving the evening time for homework and pool time!

6. I plan my days so that I can run errands together that are close to each other not only saving on time, but fuel too!

7. I keep an online calendar that also downloads to my smart phone so I know where I’m going and what I’m doing even when I’m not at home. I don’t know how I EVER lived without it!

8. I am sure to have “me time” at some point each day, because if I don’t, I’m no good at multi-tasking at all and that doesn’t help any of us!

9. When school is in session, I have the kids pick out their clothes and pack up their book bags before they go to bed so they don’t have to get up so early.

10. I make a different breakfast casserole on Sundays and wrap it in individual pieces for breakfast so the kids can just microwave it and not have to sit and try to figure out what to have in the morning

I’d sure love it if you’d share your strategies in the comments section below because I can always use some fresh new ideas for saving time!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Starbucks blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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