Starbucks has released a new series of Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Christmas Cups and Decorations, featuring old and new attractions and characters from Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. For this article, we check out each of the tumblers, share photos, and come up with some thoughts.
For starters, huge props for the merchandise team behind those Starbucks mugs. The visual style of each is based on an iconic shopping bag from the “Vacation Kingdom of the World” era. (Technically two of them – there were different designs for Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Center.) I did some research to try to figure out when these bags were being used, and I was only able to land in the middle from the 1980s.
Obviously the timeline is after EPCOT Center but before Disney-MGM studios, so we can narrow the range down from 1982 to 1988. They were definitely in use in the mid-1980s because my parents racked up some of these bags from my. first trip as a child. Maybe other longtime Walt Disney World fans can help narrow down the window that these bags were used in – I guess it was at least a few years…
There’s a ton of great Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary merchandise, especially the Vintage collection (roughly all), which is available on Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs. While we don’t usually buy or post much about the goods, we have made an exception for this. At some point I would like to do a post dedicated to this line, but this Starbucks mug post has already been significantly delayed so I could just ignore it unless there is a ton of demand for it. .
We also regularly cover the various ranges of Starbucks mugs, as we have gradually been won over and are becoming “collectors” of these mugs. It has been a gradual process. For years, we’ve avoided buying them while traveling because Starbucks is so ubiquitous; the mugs seemed to be the antithesis of the kind of unique local items we liked to find when visiting various cities around the world.
Note that the Starbucks mugs covered here are just one of many new lines for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. On top of that, there is also a new set of ‘Been There’ mugs that incorporate a ’50’ into the design but otherwise follow the familiar formula. It looks like there will be a set of similar Christmas mugs as well, as these have appeared at Disneyland before. However, we haven’t seen them at Walt Disney World yet.
Finally, there is / was the purple (?) Spiky goblet above which I believe was the subject of literal fights in the Emporium on October 1, 2021. I’m going to bite my tongue on that and just say if you like the look of this mug and I took the opportunity to give Disney $ 50 for it I’m happy for you. (Unless you rained blows on someone for it –there must be a better way!)
In practice, if you’re looking to buy all of those new Starbucks mugs at once, your best bet is World of Disney at Disney Springs. They are located on a mouthpiece at the corner of the coffee mugs section.
Each park’s mug, ornament, and “Been There” designs are also sold in each park’s main gift shop. In terms of strategy, we recommend that you pick them up as you see them, as more sales are still possible, especially as the vacation store crowds congregate at Disney Springs. While supply is plentiful right now, supply chain issues continue to plague Walt Disney World merchandise. These might sell out one day and not be available for a month or two.
We will keep you posted on the latest developments regarding Starbucks mugs at Walt Disney World. Anyway, here’s a park-by-park overview of the new designs…
The first is Magic Kingdom. This is my favorite iteration of the design of this park already. It’s the most faithful to the design of the shopping bag, and does a great job of showcasing the Magic Kingdom, old and new. The tumbler is incredibly well balanced, both in terms of design and performance.
Attractions include Haunted Mansion, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Jungle Cruise, Tron Lightcycle Run, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Country Bear Jamboree. Of course, that scores big points for me for introducing Big Al.
Next, we have the Animal Kingdom mug. I don’t know what these new Starbucks cups 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 counterparts in town. I guess we could call it the “bag cups”. There is a certain quiet stupidity.
The images on the Animal Kingdom tumbler include Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Festival of the Lion King, Expedition Everest and, of course, creatures. Despite this obviously representing Animal Kingdom, this mug is for me “Irish Mickey Mouse”.
The Disney’s Hollywood Studios Tumbler also features all of the park’s recent additions, from Toy Story Land to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is also present, Walt Disney World’s newest attraction. Dinosaur Gertie is also pictured, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is once again getting the park icon treatment.
Not to nitpick, but the Mickey Mouse character model looks different here. Rather than using the classic 1970s Mickey Mouse, it appears to be the modern Mickey Mouse. Well, still cool.
We keep the most interesting for the end with EPCOT. There have been several great Starbucks and Disney collaborations for EPCOT, and I can’t decide if it’s great or not.
For one thing, there are a lot of things I love about Epcot. Figment taking center stage in place of Mickey Mouse is pretty cool, and I can even support Remy by making an appearance. On the other hand, Olaf is very prominent. I almost feel like I’m trolled by his toothy smile. Probably too much to ask, but I really wish this one had been a bit more faithful to the original design of the EPCOT Center shopping bag, but with so much Figment.
Here is the complete line of these retro-inspired Starbucks mugs for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. Now two or three things worth noting. First, they are not dishwasher safe. That would normally make them instantly banned for us, but we still couldn’t resist the Magic Kingdom mug.
Second, unlike the “You Are Here” or “Been There” collections, these tumblers are not packaged in sturdy boxes co-branded with the Disney Parks logo. On the one hand, less waste is good… but we kept those boxes (for some reason).
There are also a bunch of the same tumblers in ornament sizes.
Personally, I’m not a fan of these and wonder why anyone would want to decorate their Christmas tree with coffee mugs. Then again, our Christmas tree is full of plush Country Bear badges, so I’m probably not the type to speak. I’m glad this product exists for those who appreciate it. (Is that diplomatic enough?)
There is also a set of pins to accompany the cups and Christmas decorations.
In terms of price, the tumblers are $ 24.99 and the ornaments are $ 14.99. That’s down from $ 22.99 for Starbucks “Been There” mugs at Walt Disney World (down from $ 19.99 last year). Tumblers tend to be more expensive, but at least it’s not as expensive as that spiky purple thing.
All in all, the new retro-inspired Starbucks tumbler designs are quite impressive. Just the fact that the designers were allowed to dig in and pay homage to the past –and a shopping bag, nothing less-is really cool. It sounds like the perfect marriage between niche products and mainstream products; Hope they will still be there the next time you visit Walt Disney World if you are a Starbucks fan!
Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Discover the hotels on our Walt Disney World hotel reviews page. To find out where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or figure out which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets Publish. Our What to pack for Disney trips post takes a unique look at smart objects to take. To know what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Rides Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Travel Planning Guide for everything you need to know!
What do you think of the new Starbucks cups for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary? Do you prefer these Been There or You Are Here mugs? Do you have a favorite park among the group? Are you a fan of coffee mug ornaments? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your comments, even when you don’t agree with us, is both interesting to us and useful to other readers, so share your thoughts below in the comments!