Dessert is an essential facet to a Disney vacation. While you cannot go wrong with a classic Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar, there are some serious ice cream locations on Disney property.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort
This is probably the most famous location on Disney property for ice cream, and for good reason. Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is the home of the Kitchen Sink.
Kitchen Sink Recipe:
- ½ cup fudge topping, warmed
- ½ cup butterscotch topping, warmed
- ½ cup peanut butter topping, warmed
- 1 medium banana, sliced in 1/2 –inch slices
- 1 cinnamon spice cupcake (2 ½ x 1 ¼-inch), quartered
- 1 angel food cupcake (3 x 1 ½-inch), quartered
- 2 4-oz. scoops vanilla ice cream
- 2 4-oz. scoops chocolate ice cream
- 2 4-oz. scoops strawberry ice cream
- 1 4-oz. scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream
- 1 4-oz. scoop coffee ice cream
- 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- ¼ cup marshmallow crème
- ¼ cup strawberry topping
- ¼ cup pineapple topping
- 1 14-oz can dairy whipped topping
- 1 brownie (6-inch x 6-inch), quartered
- 1 regular-sized (2 ounce) candy bar, quartered
- 4 chocolate cookies with cream filling
- 1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds
- 1 tablespoon dark and white chocolate shavings
- 1 tablespoon chocolate cookies with cream filling, crushed
- 1 tablespoon chopped jellied orange slices (approximately 2 large slices)
- 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chip morsels
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter chip morsels
- 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles
- 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles
- ½ cup drained maraschino cherries
A great value at $35.00*, it is advertised to serve four people but can very well accommodate more. Included with the price is a ceremonial dimming of the lights, siren light, and proclamation by the staff that you are embarking on the Kitchen Sink quest. Only going as a party of two? There are plenty of other sundae options, such as my personal favorite, the No Way Jose - A Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge delight featuring Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream (I get it with all chocolate!), Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry for $11.00*.
Beaches and Cream has a small dining area and can build up quite a wait, so it is recommended to grab reservations in advance. There is also a quick-service window for simple to-go ice cream needs.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at the Magic Kingdom
We rarely walk down Main Street, U.S.A. without stopping inside Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. From simple scoops of ice cream to yummy sundaes, there is something for everyone. You even have the option of a waffle bowl, or the famous Mickey pants souvenir bowl for a mini Kitchen Sink (your choice of Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter or Caramel topped with Whipped Cream and two Cherries with your choice of two hand-scoops of Ice Cream $16.99*). Our favorite is the All-American Sundae with Old-fashioned Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream (though I get it with all chocolate!) with Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter Drizzle, Whipped Cream and a Cherry for $6.99*.
Don't like ice cream? There are also menu items such as the Apple Blossom Sundae (apple pie) and Brownie Sundae that you can get without ice cream.
L'Artisan des Glaces at the France Pavilion at Epcot
Hidden within the France pavilion is an artisan ice cream parlor serving up the ultimate ice cream sandwich. The Croque Glace is one scoop of Ice Cream with choice of Sauce in a Homemade Brioche, pressed warm for $7.04*. The warm brioche is delightful!
Want an adult ice cream? There is an Ice Cream Martini (Two Scoops of Ice Cream, with a shot of Grand Marnier, Whipped Cream Vodka or Rum for $11.97*) to enjoy around World Showcase.
Places I am looking forward to trying on our next trip: Sprinkles at Disney Springs and Ample Hills Creamery at Disney's Boardwalk Inn (which has closed since this article was first published) — both of which I am sure will be a new favorite.
Where are some of your must-hit ice cream destinations on Disney property?
*Prices subject to change at any time.