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Two new attractions prove the Mouse can still produce magic

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is entertaining (really); new Downtown Disney Starbucks is exquisite (really)



Inside, the service area is staffed by double the typical number of baristas (with an accompanying increase in equipment) for optimal brewing expedience. The seating section features a wall-sized “virtual blackboard” that turns your image into a moving chalk sketch (like an inverse A-Ha video) or lets you wave mutely at patrons of the sister store in Anaheim. The only thing missing? More electrical outlets – perhaps to deter laptop loiterers.

What really sets this cafe apart are its Starbucks Reserve selections, which it shares locally with only the new Winter Park Village outlet. Limited quantities of upscale beans (with sources listed) are treated here like rare microbrews or small-batch bourbons. They are brewed in high-end Clover machines (think robotic French press) and served simply; this java is far too fine to mask in a macchiato. Those who feel Starbucks prices are already outrageous will surely balk at the extra buck or so per cup, but the Zambian peaberry brew from the Terranova Estate that I sampled was the rare cup I could really enjoy without sugar or cream.

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