It’s the end of March and we just got pounded with snow last night. It’s times like these I like to look to my favorite snowman, Olaf and do what he does, “sometimes I like to close my eyes, and imagine what it’d be like when summer does come.” Although I secretly think it’s never coming, a girl can dream. My summers are not complete without weekly ice cream stops (sometimes multiple times per week.) I just can’t get enough of the delicious creamy cold stuff. When I’m eating ice cream, the world slows down and I’m happy (true signs of an emotional eater.) Luckily when you are at Disney World, you can have your favorite flavor all year round. These are my 5 top spots in Disney World to get ice cream.
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at the Beach Club
Beaches and Cream serves up some serious ice cream. Located at the Beach Club resort, you can eat your ice cream inside the 50’s style soda shop, sit by the Stormalong Bay pool (with valid magic band), or venture out by the lake and sit on a hammock or walk the path. They also have a to-go walk up counter if you are just interested in ice cream. I am a sucker for
sprinkles and think that all ice cream shops should give you unlimited sprinkle refills but regardless, the amount of ice cream in my giant waffle cone was able to satisfy my sprinkle need. If you are feeling courageous, or are traveling with a giant group, consider splitting the “kitchen sink.” They are definitely enormous, and for almost $30, they should be. Beaches and Cream also offers other soda shop classics like banana splits, sundaes, and milkshakes.
This is by far the best smelling ice cream parlor on my list. I’m assuming they pump scents into the air to get your tongue salivating faster. This is my go to ice cream spot when I’m at the Magic Kingdom. Sometimes I’ll get it to eat during the parades or fireworks. Sometimes I get it and like to pop a squat on a bench and do some serious people watching. At the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, they have hard ice cream and specialize in sundaes. You also get some additional options for the guest that is trying to watch their waistline with sugar free and fat free options. Sugar and fat free ice cream just sounds like an oxymoron to me but whatever floats your boat.
Hollywood Scoops on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Everytime I get ice cream here I’m blown away by how much ice cream they give me that’s technically 1 scoop. Hollywood Scoops is located directly across from the Beauty and the Beast Show on Sunset Boulevard. It’s become somewhat of a pre show ritual to get a scoop and head to the show. On super hot days, you will be thankful for your frozen treat. Once upon a time, when I asked for sprinkles, they gave me ones in the shape of Mickey heads. There was something about tiny little Mickey’s all over my ice cream that made it even more delicious. I’m not sure if they still have these magical sprinkles, but it’s worth asking. Hollywood Scoops is also in a great waiting spot if you’ve opted out of doing Tower of Terror and/or Rockin’ Roller Coaster. The time will fly by with your ice cream in hand and piercing screams in the background. They also have sundae options available.
Italian Gelato Kiosk at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot
If you are at Epcot and walking around World Showcase, chances are you might be feeling an urge to suddenly become more cultured. Look no further than the Gelato Kiosk at the Italian Pavilion. The best part is you won’t have to feel guilty about eating it or giving it to your kids because you can rationalize it as cultural experience.Get a single flavor or opt for one of the Gelato Creations. This super creamy ice cream will keep you satisfied on your worldly travels around the lagoon. Delizioso!
Seashore Sweets at the Boardwalk
Boardwalks and ice cream seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly…it just works. Seashore Sweets is in the perfect spot to get your ice cream to go and take in the sights and sounds of the Mid Atlantic inspired Boardwalk. Last time I was there I ordered the smallest size kiddie cone (with sprinkles) and it was just enough to satisfy my craving and leave me with the option of second dessert. It can get a bit crowded in there at times, but in my experience, ice cream is worth the wait.
When a Mickey ice cream bar just won’t do the trick, head to one of these delicious spots to cleanse the pallet, kick back, and enjoy. When you are surrounded by good people at the best location with yummy ice cream, life can’t be beat. Perhaps time will slow down for you as well.