Starbucks and Disney recently joined forces to open a new coffee shop store inside the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This green-roofed cafe will be Starbucks' 500th LEED certified store. Complete with reclaimed wood furnishings, all LED lighting and a living wall installation, this green coffee shop serves up Starbucks Reserve small-batch coffee to Disney fans who need a quick pick me up while visiting the Magic Kingdom.
This latest of Starbucks exquisitely-designed coffee shops is located right in the heart of the magical kingdom of Disney World in Downtown Disney West Side. David Daniels, Senior Designer for Starbucks, headed up this project, which was also a collaboration between Disney and Starbucks. The 3,900 sq ft shop aims to create memorable experiences for its customers and includes a number of interactive features to help tell the story of the iconic coffee brand. A 70 inch touchscreen in the lounge lets customers play with the built-in cameras to create chalk sketches of guests, and they can also interact with customers at the Disneyland Starbucks in Anaheim. The outdoor patio looks out over Lake Buena Vista, while inside, 10-foot screens tell the story of where the coffee is sourced around the world.
On top of the intriguing design of the coffee shop, it will be Starbucks’ 500th LEED store, and is currently awaiting certification. Daniels says that he is most pleased by the environmental features of his latest project, including the use of reclaimed oak, maple and other materials used throughout the store as well as the community tables, which are made from salvaged trees. All of the lighting is energy efficient LED and the green roof is planted with hundreds of lemongrass plants fertilized with coffee ground compost. The store also features a moss art installation by Miami-based Industrial designer and artist Paloma Teppaa. Finally, the store also features a Starbucks Reserve Store that serves up rare and exquisite small-batch coffees from around the world.
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