Starbucks has released a new series of colorful mugs and Christmas ornaments for Walt Disney World, featuring whimsical designs of iconic attractions at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. For this post, we visit each of the coffee shops selling the tumblers, share photos, and offer thoughts.
While we don’t normally do merchandise posts here (aside from random stuff that catches our eyes), we’ve developed a soft spot for the various lines of Starbucks mugs. It’s been a gradual process. For years, we avoided purchasing them while traveling because Starbucks is so ubiquitous; the mugs seemed like the antithesis of the type of unique, local items we liked to find while visiting various cities around the world.
That attitude ended a while ago, as we began appreciating the consistent and sharp design style of the “You Are Here” mugs. It progressed to the point that last November we began following a Starbucks mug blog and raced to a location in Kyoto to pick up the fall colors mug on its last day available–and then returned the following day for the release of the winter mugs to complete our ‘four seasons of Japan’ set. Fast forward to this November, for our latest Starbucks mug wild goose chase…
Tracking down all of these new Starbucks mug designs was not easy. They have repeatedly sold out from the stores in the theme parks and at World of Disney.
For some reason, I thought it’d be nice to get a photo of them all together. So, we’ve made a few treks out to Disney Springs for precisely that purpose, only to find 1-3 of them sold out every single time.
Cast Members had advised us to return when World of Disney opens, as the new ceramic tumblers are popular and have been selling out frequently.
As much as I hate wild goose chases, I hate lines for World of Disney even more, so we have defiantly continued going to Disney Springs in the afternoon and evening…with predictable results.
I’m sharing this both as practical information you might want to know–it’s getting easier to find the mugs but they still do sell out–but also so you’re aware this wasn’t simply a mindless post captured while escaping the rain and perusing World of Disney last night.
Literally more work went into this than any other recent posts, and we’ve had greater success lately with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance than with Starbucks: Release of the Tumblers.
Admittedly, at some point it did become about the “thrill of the chase” and stubbornness about wanting a single shot with all four of the park mugs together. Plus, each visit to Disney Springs brings with it something new to eat, so the more excuses to visit there, the better.
Anyway, here’s a park by park look at the new designs…
First up is Magic Kingdom. This is my favorite iteration of this park’s design since the Tomorrowland-centric You Are Here mug a couple years ago. I don’t know what these new Starbucks tumblers are called (other lines have had names, like “You Are Here” or “Been There” but Starbucks has released more and more Disney mug lines that don’t have city counterparts)
Attractions represented include Dumbo, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, Haunted Mansion, and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Of course, Cinderella Castle is also featured.
Next, we have Animal Kingdom’s mug, with imagery representative of that park’s attractions and entertainment. This includes Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Festival of the Lion King, and even the Kevin walk-around character.
Even Flight of Passage is represented, which is notable because (to my knowledge) this is the first time anything from Pandora – World of Avatar has been on one of the Starbucks mugs. (Though you wouldn’t know it from the abundance of merchandise in the land, James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment is notoriously picky about licensing and approvals.)
The tumbler for Disney’s Hollywood Studios also features everything new to that park, from Toy Story Land to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Also present is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the newest attraction at Walt Disney World.
One thing worth noting about these tumblers is that, unlike the “You Are Here” or “Been There” collections, these do not come packaged in the sturdy boxes cobranded with the Disney Parks logo. On the one hand, less waste is nice…but we did save those boxes (for some reason).
We save the best and most interesting for last with EPCOT. There have been several good Starbucks and Disney collaborations for EPCOT, and this feels like the first of a “new generation” for the park.
While familiar favorites–like Figment and the Land balloons–are featured, so too are Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Harmonious, and the Play Pavilion. This leaves us wondering whether these were designed at a time when Walt Disney World believed that trio would be open by the time of the tumbler’s release, or if it’s a way of future-proofing the design. The former seems more likely, as Disney and Starbucks have not hesitated to release more new mugs in the past as things have changed.
Finally, the image I’ve been chasing! My white whale. Feel free to use it as your desktop wallpaper, Zoom background, or print it out, frame it, and hang it above the hearth if you’d like.
Not quite as stunning as an empty park photo of Cinderella Castle reflected in the wet pavement, but still oddly satisfying for me. (Hey, we all have to find new ways to keep ourselves amused during these abnormal times.)
Actually, that’s not the final image–there’s still a bit more…
Starbucks and Disney have also released the same style of mug in a Christmas design.
This is a bicoastal release, with details from both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. I know some fans don’t like these mashups, but I think this is a strong design with some fun details.
There are also a bunch of the same tumblers in ornament sizes.
Personally, I’m not a fan of these and it perplexes me why anyone would want to adorn their Christmas tree with coffee cups. Then again, I’m sitting here looking at our Christmas tree that’s full of Country Bear plush badges and realizing I’m probably not one to talk.
If you’re looking to pick up all of these new Starbucks mugs at once, your best bet is World of Disney at Disney Springs. They’re located on an end-cap (pictured above) around the corner from the coffee mugs section.
Each park’s mug, its ornament, and the Christmas mug is also sold in main gift shop of each park. In terms of strategy, we’d recommend picking them up as you see them, as more sell outs remain a possibility, especially as holiday shopping crowds pick up at Disney Springs. (Something that has already started and is only going to get worse.) If one is sold out on your visit to the parks and they’re a must-have, it might be worth hitting up Disney Springs earlier in the morning on your final day at Walt Disney World. Thus far, they have not appeared on shopDisney.
Note that the new colorful tumblers are $24.99 and the ornaments are $14.99. That’s as compared to $19.99 for the “Been There” mugs and $16.99 for now-retired “You Are Here” Starbucks mugs at Walt Disney World. Tumblers tend to be more expensive, but that still strikes us as a lot.
Overall, the new colorful Starbucks tumbler designs are generally nice, eye-catching, and appropriately whimsical. Personally, I like these better than the art style on the previous “Been There” mugs, but still not quite as much as the classy look of the “You Are Here” mugs. Perhaps it’s just personal bias and sentimentality, but the YAH mugs are still the only ones that we collect. Regardless, these new tumblers are a lot of fun, and something to watch for while visiting Walt Disney World if you’re a Starbucks fan!
What do you think of the new Starbucks tumblers? Do you prefer these, the Been There, or the You Are Here mugs? Have a favorite park amongst the bunch? Are you a fan of the coffee cup ornaments? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!