Monday, September 17, 2012

Disney Travel 101: Best Places to Get Coffee at Walt Disney World

This article from the Examiner's website is a few years old, but it's still a good read on coffee at Disney.  Enjoy!


"Coffee lovers who visit Walt Disney World (WDW) need to plan if they want to enjoy a good cup of java. While many places in WDW serve coffee, most of it isn’t good coffee.

This lack is most evident in the theme parks, especially Magic Kingdom, where many coffee carts, quick-service places, and even table-service restaurants serve Nestle® Nescafe prepared from coffee concentrate. While some people enjoy Nescafe – for those who do, order it in Norway’s Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Epcot – many guests prefer other options.

So, where’s the best place to get coffee at Walt Disney World? This article identifies several places where guest can get good coffee at Disney World, but one location in particular stands out.

Best WDW coffee – Kona Café and adjacent Kona Coffee Bar

Located in the Polynesian Resort near the Magic Kingdom, the Kona Café and its quick-service kiosk serves 100% Kona coffee and Kona coffee blends. Coffee services include press pots for the dining table, and both venues offer coffee, espress, and espresso drinks.

Officially, the Kona Coffee bar (which becomes Kona Island Sushi Bar for dinner) is open during the morning. According to Disney Moms panelist Kathy F., however, guests may order Kona Café press-pot coffee through the coffee bar during the café’s dining hours.

In addition to the quality of the drinks, other factors make Kona Café and Kona Coffee Bar a gem for coffee-seeking guests. Steps away from the monorail, Kona is a relatively convenient stop for those traveling to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Grand Floridian, and Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Kona Café also offers quality food and a good value, which makes it a solid choice for a mealtime park break.

Tips for Getting a Coffee Fix at Walt Disney World

Guests generally can’t plan their Disney vacation around one coffee place but luckily there are options.
  • Choose coffee carts run by Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company for a quick caffeine fix. They are found in the theme parks – although none in the Magic Kingdom – and Downtown Disney, as well as some WDW resorts.

  • Downtown Disney provides several coffee options, including Ghirardelli’s and The Earl of Sandwich. These shops are particularly good options for arrival, departure, and rest days spent away from the theme parks.

  • Signature restaurants, with press pot coffees, are worth considering for breakfast or lunch – not simply for the coffee, but because meal prices are less expensive at these times.

  • Starbucks is served at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Downtown Disney area’s Regal Sun and Hilton Walt Disney World, and the military resort Shades of Green.
Of course, what’s the best Walt Disney World coffee for some guests may not be the same as for others. What’s your favorite place to get coffee at Walt Disney World, and why? Other suggestions for fellow java junkies? Disney Travel 101 would love your tips!" Ticker

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