Starbucks and Walt Disney Co both have very high standards in terms of their requirements for guest experience. They also both are the best at their industry...theme parks & Coffee. The fact that these shops will be themed to the surrounding areas, I think it will be a welcomed addition to the Parks. I certainly doubt that these will be cookie cutter Starbucks like around the world, each restaurant will have a story to go along with.
I am super thrilled about this....my husband says as long as they keep the stuff at the Main Street Bakery we are good :O) We are big fans of the bakery as well!!! :O)
I don't mind third party food/drink vendors. I still miss McDonald's fries in fantasyland!
"Is it a good move to start introducing third-party businesses in the parks, even though they would still be under the control of the Walt Disney Company?"
Disney's history is littered with examples of third-party businesses and sponsorships (the Orange Bird and Sunshine Tree Terrace and just about all of the original EPCOT Center are good examples), so as long as Starbucks continues its high standards, this is a good deal.
Disney could probably learn a lot from the training and standards Starbucks demands from its employees.