Starbucks Remodel Will Cost Disneyland History
by, 01-10-2013 at 10:08 AM (4048 Views)
As Team Disney Anaheim reviews final designs for its Starbucks-remake of Disneyland’s venerable Market House, word is that the coffee chain is muscling for as much acreage as possible, at a cost of countless artifacts of park history.
Whereas previous remodels of the 58-year-old Market House have left many of the store’s original furnishing intact, this time—according to one TDA insider—“the location will be gutted.”
Starbucks’ argument is the line of patrons at its Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe in DCA, which regularly extends the length of the restaurant. So the park is tempted to give the coffee chain as much square footage as possible inside Disneyland, to avoid lines snaking out on to Main Street.
That means most of the bulky old props, including the pot-bellied stove and checkboard, are likely history. Starbucks is also angling to take over more than a third of the adjacent Disneyana shop.
And, of course, all current merchandise—from the sundries to the popular “Disney-blend” coffee—will be gone. Reportedly, the Market House is the last location in the park still selling the Disney blend.