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How to get FREE coffee and treats at Disney!

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Have you heard that you can get free coffee and treats at Disneyland and Walt Disney World?  It is true that there are simple and completely allowed ways to get food at Disney parks for no money at all!  A trip to Disney can be pricey, but check out these tips and tricks for freebies you didn’t know existed!  Let’s start with free Starbucks coffee!  Just updated to include FREE MEAL PLANS at Walt Disney World.  These plans go fast, so book quickly.  Make sure to use the discount code HIGHLIGHTS when booking for an additional discount with GetAwayToday.

how to get free coffee at DisneyEveryone knows our family loves Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  We are experts in saving money and stretching a budget at Disney. How about Free Coffee at Disney? I have a couple great tips on how to enjoy some completely free treats on your next trip to Disneyland. My husband loves that there are now multiple Starbucks locations at the Disneyland Resort. Treats and coffee can really eat into a Disney budget; pun intended. Here’s how to get delicious Starbucks coffee and treats for FREE at Disneyland and Walt Disney World!

*Since I know you love a deal – make sure to check out discounted Disneyland and Walt Disney World vacations through our affiliate Get Away Today!  Use the code Highlights before you check out and you will get an additional $10 off your trip for two or more (2 night minimum).  Bonus!*

You may have heard some outdated information that you can get free coffee refills at Disneyland. This used to be true, and sadly it is no longer.  Don’t worry though! There are several free treats available and I am about to share about how you can get FREE Starbucks on your next Disney trip!

free ghirardelli at Disneyland



Some Samples may not be available as we transition out of Covid, the below information may not be accurate.  While things may be closed for now, I assume this is temporary and will keep the information on free sample snacks at Disneyland available for if and when it returns. I have faith that Disneyland will be operating as it once was someday soon. Faith, trust, and Pixie dust…

Let’s start with free samples!  Did you know that you can get free samples at the Disneyland Resort? You can!  Our kids never miss a trip onto the Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure Park.  There we take a stroll through The Bakery Tour, it is fun to watch the sourdough being made, but they also get a little slice of sourdough bread as you walk in. Just across the way you can visit the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop where you can enjoy a free piece of delicious chocolate.  These are small things, but always worth the stop for our little snack lovers! I would love for Walt Disney World experts to share where there are free snacks available in Florida too!

Starbucks mickey cookie free at Disneyland

Free Coffee at Disney

When Starbucks opened at the Disneyland Resort it was everything! Starbucks is a special treat, not an every day for our family.  There is nothing like sipping on a real Starbucks latte (or a hot cocoa for the kids) while walking down Main Street USA. What if I told you that you can get FREE coffee at Starbucks in Disneyland?!  Not just free coffee, but literally anything in Starbucks for free. We do this every time we go to Disneyland. Disneyland can be pricey, but little tricks like this keep it in the budget!

starbucks at Disneyland

You do need to set something up, but then it is literally no work at all!  We personally use Swagbucks as our search engine.  We use Swagbucks.com instead of Google.com for our internet searches.  That’s it.  Because Swagbucks is lesser known than Google, they reward their users with points (or “Swagbucks”) and you can turn those points in for all kinds of things, including Starbucks gift cards!


Click this image below to get started – it is super easy (And yes, you can totally get other gift cards but Starbucks is my favorite and it really stretches our Disney budget!)

downtown Disney Starbucks coffee

“What do I have to do though?” Literally just sign up and use the search engine.  That’s it. Points will add up.

“Is there more I can do to earn them faster?” Absolutely. You can take surveys, play games (what?! my kids love games, they can play them for me!).  But you don’t NEED to do anything else, they will accrue even with just using the search engine.  Honestly, I rarely do any more than use the search engine. It adds up just fine and you can use that to get free coffee at Disney.

free coffee

“But I bet that search engine is using my search information for something?” Probably.  I know for sure that Google does.  If you are worried about someone using your search information for marketing purposes you should probably go back to the library. It’s fine guys, use Swagbucks and get your free coffee at Disney parks.


We never go to Disneyland without at least $25 in Starbucks gift cards, and we go several times a year! Remember that Starbucks carries food, drinks, and even souvenirs. And guess what guys? On my last trip to Walt Disney World I bought a little something with my Swagbucks to share with YOU! I brought home this adorable “You Are Here” Collection ornament from the Magic Kingdom. It set me back $12.95 plus tax, except that I used a Starbucks gift card, I also got one for myself, and a coffee, and a giant cookie I am not really proud of eating all by myself. Swagbucks work and I really hope you will try them out.

But wait! I have a great post on how to save money at Disneyland in other ways too. Check out 5 simple ways to save money on a trip to Disneyland! You can thank me later!

But wait!  This post is so popular and so many of the friends that read it never come back! Did you know we host giveaways – even theme park giveaways on the regular?! Make sure to subscribe to Highlights Along the Way so you never miss a sweet ticket deal, way to save, or even a fun giveaway!


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BREAKING NEWS as of January 2, 2019!!

In anticipation of Galaxy’s Edge opening in 2019, Walt Disney World has announced that FREE DINING dates will run from July 5th – Septempber 30th 2019! MUST book by February 10th! Rooms do fill up quickly!

If you have already booked your trip for these dates you  can be applied to previously booked trips, but you have to call or go online and have the offer applied IF they still have availability for the offer for your resort and dates. They do run out of rooms that qualify for promotions.

Some of the fine print:
Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019

FREE Disney Dining Plan

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019

FREE Disney Dining Plan

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disneys Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019

FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Select Disney Value Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019

FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites only
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Advance reservations are required. Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket.

Offer Details

Book Through
February 10, 2019

Valid for Arrivals Most Nights

July 5 through September 30, 2019
Package Includes:

Theme park ticket(s) with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option
Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)

More information….

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Advance reservation required.
Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket. Visit GETAWAYTODAY for more details or call 855-GET-AWAY to speak to a travel expert directly (Make sure to mention HIGHLIGHTS to enjoy a bonus discount just for our readers!)
Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
Gratuities are not included.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

you are here collection disney mug

So the giveaway is over – but I have something else that is fun to read! Don’t miss hearing about how some lady stole my free trip to Walt Disney World (Don’t worry, it is totally OK now).

OK so who wants to win this cute little addition to their “You Are Here” Collection? It’s easy! This is a subscriber giveaway so make sure you are subscribed to Highlights Along The Way.  You get bonus points for signing up for Swagbucks (you don’t even have to install the search engine – but you totally should!) and for sharing with your friends, but the only requirement is that you are a subscriber here! Easy peasy reward for spending a little bit of time with our little community here! Prize can only be mailed to physical addresses (no PO Boxes) within the United States.



This giveaway is going to last longer than most of our giveaways! I really want news of how to get free Starbucks and Disneyland to spread, so I am gonna let it ride! Winner will be contacted within 2 days of the giveaway closing so make sure to watch your email. Winner has 48 hours to respond. Should the winner not respond within the time frame, the prize is forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be contacted via email. First name and last initial will be on the entry form visible on the entry form above.


Until Next Time ~ Kate
  1. CHRISTINA says:

    I like to get free Starbucks gift cards from E-Rewards. I can get a $25 card every quarter…That’s $100 a year. I stretch them when they have happy hour of BOGO or complete a challenge to earn free rewards with my Gold card.

    • kate says:

      Oh! that is a good one too! And yes, we love to go when there is BOGO or some kind of special. Starbucks is a once a week type deal for us, not really an every day. But at Disneyland we always get a Starbucks treat because it is kind of a ‘freebie’ with Swagbucks!

  2. Lacey says:

    I am pretty excited to try this swagbucks out now!

  3. Love this idea Kate… I haven’t used Swagbucks in years but will start back up. We aren’t really Starbucks people but I love the idea of using the gift cards for a snack/treat in the parks!!

    • kate says:

      Yes! Use them for just treats or an iced tea at a Starbucks location – it is one of those things that just adds up and it really does help us stretch our budget when we say “OK guys, it’s snack time, you can have anything you want as long as it comes from Starbucks” lol – they love the giant mickey cookies there – so everyone wins!

  4. Susan says:

    My family and I love Disney, thank you for the tips

  5. Cindy H says:

    Yes I am a subscriber to Highlights Along the Way. I have never tried Swagbucks before, but going to check it out now. Thank you for the info. Love Starbucks, Love Disneyland.

  6. Kim Nusenow says:

    I love all the tips you have! Love a great deal , especially at Disney where it is so expensive! Thanks!

  7. JJ Wong says:

    I love going to Disneyland. We just bought annual passes after many years and have been having lots of fun spending random and spontaneous days there. I will have to give Swagbucks a try!

  8. These are great tips! I’ve played with Swagbucks but it was too time consuming to do surveys and watch videos. I didn’t even realize you could use it as a search engine, I will definitely be trying that out!

  9. Melissa Dupont says:

    Great Disneyland tips to follow!

  10. nicole says:

    We are a new passholder family – with 4 kids – so all the freebies we can get are great! thanks!

  11. Jillian Gordon says:

    What a great idea. Thank you for sharing!d

  12. Ruina Opina says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  13. Marci W. says:

    I haven’t used Swag bucks in years. Maybe time to start again.

  14. Cathleen King says:

    I am subscriber and yes, swagbucks are a great way to use as my sister has been using it for awhile.

  15. Sara Moore says:

    Thanks, this is awesome! Always love tips to make the trips even more special 😉

  16. Candace says:

    I justbecame a subscriber to you AND Swagbucks! Thanks!

  17. Maryanne says:

    Was already signed up for swagbucks solace67.

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  19. Shelley says:

    Love Starbucks at Disney

  20. Austyn Burns says:

    Subscriber here! I signed up for Swagbucks, but I also have a ton of Starbucks rewards that I’ve just acrued from my regular order using the app. I haven’t had a chance to test if they work in parks (anyone know?)

    • kate says:

      I don’t know this – but I do know I have registered the free cards I get so I accrue points with those free cards – double dip!

    • Nora says:

      I went to Disney World in March. The Starbucks in the parks don’t accept the Starbucks rewards.

  21. Penny says:

    I’m a subscriber. Love this giveaway!

  22. Anne N. says:

    Yes I am a subscriber to Highlights Along the Way. I haven’t done swagbucks, but going to check it out.

  23. Kelly Fitzgerald says:

    I’m a subscriber! Love this giveaway.

  24. Mindy says:

    Awesome giveaway and great tips! Thanks!

  25. Lauren says:

    I’m glad you can get it to work for you. I think once you figure out the swagbucks system it could be very rewarding. Personally though, it just wastes my time. Every survey I try, I don’t qualify for. One even told me that my answers were inconsistent and kicked me out without giving me anything (it is possible to not prefer name brand products OR generic products- I buy both). To get swagbucks for games, you have to make in game purchases and only get a fraction of the cost of the game purchase back in SB. And then I tried watching videos, and at the end of the last of 6 videos, it took me to a scam page that wanted my address so they could send me $1000 Amazon gift card (don’t fall for that one, just because those comments look like they are from Facebook, doesn’t mean they are. It never says Facebook anywhere on the page), and I never got my 1 SB for those 6 videos I watched. I spent 2 hours on their site trying to earn points, and I only got 6 SB- which translates to 6 cents in gift cards. All of which came from surveys I didn’t qualify for. I also never received my points for searching or answering their poll.

    • kate says:

      oh wow – that is really odd. I personally only use the search bar and then you get swagbucks randomly for anniversaries or birthdays – I also sometimes find a ‘secret code word’ in the tool bar – I never play the games or do the surveys – but my kids sometimes do – we have typically not had problems getting the codes. I wonder if there is perhaps a glitch – maybe email Swagbucks directly? it really has been so good for us (I would not write about something that we don’t personally endorse) – it can take a long time to add up – but we always get our gift cards – I am sorry your experience has not been the same.

  26. Albert says:

    You are a terrible person. “We love Disney”. Bullshit lady, you just want to go and look like a big deal while tryouts no your best to scam them. Just say, ‘here is an ad for a company who will give me a few cents if you click this link.’ At least you would be genuine and not some fake, cheap, broke-ass loser who can’t even afford a coffee. Do the rest of us a favor: just go to legoland with the other trash.

    • kate says:

      Hey Albert – we go to Disney all the time. I’m sorry you don’t understand how Swagbucks work, most people can understand it but maybe it is too complicated. Also they give me several dollars per sign up. I wrote this post about a year ago and keep making money. Cha-ching! Also, I don’t feel like I need to show you my tax returns or anything – but we are 100% debt free other than our mortgage (and we are WAY right side up!) and are not even a little bit broke. Frugal, but not cheap. We can afford coffee, it’s just fun to use free gift cards. Also – we LOVE Disney (you can see many blog posts about Disney on our site) but we also enjoy Legoland.

      You have a great day!

  27. Keri says:

    I love this! I use Swagbucks and generally turn it in on Amazon cards. I honestly never thought about redeeming them for Starbucks cards and taking them to the Park. Great idea! Thanks!

  28. carol clark says:

    this is very interesting never been to disney but who doesnt wwant to learn how to save a little i know i do for when i go thanks

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