Have you ever got a free coffee refill at the Market House on Main Street? Disneyland’s Market House began serving free refills when it opened in 1955, the year Disneyland opened. After buying a first cup, guests who keep their receipts could return for another cup of coffee at any time during the same day. Such a deal!
But on Sunday April 15th, when they close the Market House to turn it into a Starbucks, there will be no more free refills. The end to a 58 year tradition. Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman said in a statement, “When Market House re-opens in the fall, the location will no longer brew Disney branded coffee or offer free refills. However, guests will still be able to purchase the various flavors of Disney Blend coffee at several Disneyland Resort merchandise locations.”
For years Nescafe was the coffee of choice at all the Disney parks and resorts. Then as reported last month Tampa-based Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company became the official “specialty” coffee of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club properties. With these two contracts in place Starbucks will get the park’s coffee shops and Joffrey’s will get everything else, including those Disneyland Resort merchandise locations mentioned by Brown.
So I guess you get the picture, Nescafe and their free refills out, Starbucks and Joffrey’s and their no-refills and higher prices are in!