Main Street Bakery Review and Photo Gallery
Starbucks is now fully entrenched at Walt Disney World. The first location was at the Magic Kingdom, cleverly disguised as Main Street Bakery. A second Starbucks location just opened in Epcot and two Downtown Disney locations are on the horizon.
I will admit that I am not a huge Starbucks fan. While I have been a coffee drinker for most of my life, I like mine fairly plain. I am not big on adding different flavors into my coffee and I think that whipped cream is better served on top of hot chocolate. So the idea of taking a much loved part of Main Street, U.S.A., and turning it into a Starbucks was not one that I openly embraced. It was not that I was against people getting their Starbucks fix, I just could not understand why it could not be elsewhere in the park.
Having visited the renovated Main Street Bakery I am still not a Starbucks fan. While the location holds onto the charm of Main Street, something felt off to me. The place was busy while my daughter and I were there, a little after 11:00am. From what I was told the pastries are pretty much the same type that you would find at most Starbucks locations across the country. I asked a cast member about the cinnamon rolls that have been a part of many family traditions. I was told that they are no longer available and he did not know if they ever planned on selling them there again. I could tell that he had already answered the question dozens of times. While Gaston’s Tavern does sell a maple enhanced version of the rolls, you will have to cross the park in order to start new family memories.
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The cast members at the new Main Street Bakery are friendly, and they do their best to keep the line moving. A menu was handed to us when we entered the store. We got in line and soon another cast member asked us if we had any questions. She then directed us to a cashier, where things did not go too smoothly. I am sure that it was opening week jitters and that the bugs will be worked out soon, but we had to wait to order because another cast member needed help and took the cashier away from her register. We each ordered a Caramel Frappuccino “as light as possible”. We then waited on the side for our names to be called. Apparently we should have mentioned no whipped cream, because that was included. We weren’t going to say anything because quite honestly the place was almost a madhouse and the workers were tripping over each other.
The atmosphere still has the charm that you expect on Main Street, U.S.A. The uniforms aren’t traditional Starbucks, they’re more of a turn-of-the-century style. There is no seating and there are two sets of lines. The bakery items are displayed in the middle. There are some bottled drinks (including water) and treats like fresh fruit there as well.
For those who love Starbucks, you will probably want to check out the new Main Street Bakery. For those who love cinnamon rolls…Gaston’s Tavern is part of the New Fantasyland in the back of the park.