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Moms Panel Monday: Disney Parks Moms Panelists Celebrate all Things Coffee at Walt Disney World Resort

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

In celebration of National Coffee Day this past weekend, we asked members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel where they would recommend guests go to enjoy a great cup of java at the Walt Disney World Resort. The list was long and fueled with passionate answers, but here are a few of their top suggestions.

For panelist Wyatt, his Disney vacation doesn’t even begin until he has one extremely special first cup of coffee!

“We have a tradition of stopping by the Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort on our day of arrival,” he explained. “We take this time to go over our plans for our trip and enjoy a delicious press pot of Joffrey’s Hawaiian Kona Maragogype Coffee! The experience of enjoying a rich cup of freshly brewed coffee while watching the monorail zip by is something I look forward to each trip! If you are in a bit of a rush, you can also stop by the Kona Island next door and request your coffee to-go. This is an excellent tip for those looking for a quick pick-me-up before heading to the parks!”

Several panelists recommend Contemporary Grounds. Here they serve up gourmet beverages on the ground floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. And did you know you can order coffee at this location with a Disney Character printed on the foam of your drink. According to Ashley, “that’s coffee with character!”

Cup of coffee from Contemporary Grounds

Next up, coffee in the parks and Ashley and Robyn have some high-octane suggestions.

“This mom of three runs on equal parts pixie-dust and caffeine, so I always stop at Starbucks to fuel my magical mornings at the Walt Disney World Resort,” Ashley states. “Each theme park has a Starbucks location just a short walk away from the entrance, making it super convenient to grab my Iced Caramel Macchiato. Did you know that nearly all beverages on the Starbucks menu qualify as a Snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan? I’ll take a Venti, please!”

For coffee and tea, Robyn recommends the Royal Anandapur Tea Company at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Located just around the corner from Kali River Rapids, this tea stand offers a great selection of loose teas, along with coffee drinks and the classic Joffrey’s giant donut.

We never miss a chance to pick up a delicious cup of tea and sit in the shade of a bamboo grove and take in the quiet beauty of the Asia area.” 

Sue, an avid coffee drinker, has many phenomenal recommendations but one of her favorites is to grab a Joffrey’s coffee and sit anywhere within sight of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Animal Kingdom Park, or along Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the shadow of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. 

Friends drink Joffrey’s coffee at Disney's Animal Kingdom park

And for those who can’t wait until they arrive at their first destination, Samantha says look no further than your own Disney Resort Hotel room.

“When I’m on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I tend to not get as much sleep as I should. Who wants to sleep when there are so many fun things to do?” asks Samantha. “Many Walt Disney World Resort Hotels have coffee makers in the rooms. I like to make a cup of coffee while I’m getting ready in the morning. I put it in a to-go cup and drink it on my way to catch the bus or monorail.  When I arrive at the theme park for rope drop, I’m fully caffeinated and ready to start my day!”

For more great tips, or for general Disney vacation questions, visit for an answer from one of our panelists.

Panelists receive compensation for their participation on the Disney Parks Moms Panel.