Any vacation – and especially a Walt Disney World vacation – isn’t complete without some delicious ice cream! Here are just a few of our family’s favorite frozen treats, as well as our top spots to get them:
Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar
A trip to Walt Disney World is not complete without a Mickey bar, which you can find at any of the ice cream kiosks throughout the parks. These are vanilla ice cream with a chocolate shell on a popsicle stick.
Tip: If you are in the Magic Kingdom, grab a Mickey bar right before finding a spot for the 3 p.m. Festival of Fantasy Parade. It gives kids (and you) something to do to help pass the time while waiting.
Tip 2: Get lots of napkins/wet wipes/hand wipes/etc. and maybe even bring an extra shirt or bib! They get really messy really fast, especially during the summer.
Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae
This sundae goes by many names, including the Mini Kitchen Sink or Mickey Pants Sundae, but you will only find it at two places: The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom and Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
It contains two scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, cherries and your choice of hot fudge, caramel or peanut butter (and if you get it at Beaches & Cream, it comes with additional toppings). It’s also great to share, and you get to keep the cute container.
Though not technically ice cream, you can get this refreshing frozen soft serve pineapple treat in a cup or in a float with pineapple juice (my favorite!). Dole Whips are available at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (you can also get it swirled with vanilla soft serve here), and Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Important note to parents: At Tamu Tamu Refreshments, you can get your Dole Whip with either dark rum or coconut rum! Spiked Dole Whips usually also make an appearance at one of the food booths at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in the spring and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in the fall.
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Magic Kingdom)
Located at the far end of Main Street, U.S.A. nearest the Cinderella Castle, you will find the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, home to the previously mentioned Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae and other tasty treats.
They also now serve ice cream for breakfast! Yes, breakfast! Until 11 a.m., you can get the Doughnut Sundae, a sugar coma-inducing – but oh so delicious – monstrosity for a pretty great price of $5.99, plus tax.
The Doughnut Sundae is a warm glazed doughnut (pretty sure it’s a Krispy Kreme) with cinnamon apples, a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and peanut butter chips, hot fudge, chocolate “Mickey Ears” and a cherry. We had this as a special treat (potty training reward), and while I think I will ask them to hold the cinnamon apple topping next time, it was overall pretty darn tasty. I’d recommend sharing it though…
Note: The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor also has other breakfast options with a little (okay, a lot!) less sugar.
Note 2: They also have Tofutti and Rice Dream options available by request.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop (Disney’s Beach Club Resort)
While this old-fashioned soda shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort also has a full food menu, it’s probably best known for its ice cream options. Here you will find the ginormous Kitchen Sink (not to be confused with the Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae), which has vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream and mint chocolate chip ice cream – along with every topping they have, including a whole can of whipped cream – for a cool $32, plus tax.
If that’s too much ice cream (if such a thing exists?), consider our favorite, the No Way Jose, with lots of chocolate and peanut butter goodness (and it’s still pretty big!).
They also offer an adorable Mickey Mouse Sundae – one scoop of ice cream with Oreos and a cherry – for smaller kids.
Beaches & Cream is a very small place with limited seating, so you will need to make sure you make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR), even if you are going just for ice cream (which many people do). If you can’t get an ADR, there is limited first-come, first serve space at the counter, as well as a walk-up counter with a limited ice cream menu (but it includes the above mentioned Mickey’s Kitchen Sink Sundae – and there are patio chairs and tables outside).
L’Artisan des Glaces (Epcot)
Tucked back in Epcot’s France pavilion, you will find L’Artisan des Glaces, which serves a variety of handcrafted frozen treats, including artisan ice cream. Try the Croque Glace, a scoop of ice cream pressed in a warm homemaid Brioche.
Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (Disney Springs)
Our family can’t visit Disney Springs without a stop at Ghirardelli. It really doesn’t matter what you select here because it is all good. However, everyone seems to know that, so just be prepared to wait a few minutes to get your ice cream (when you order and pay, then will give you a number to put on your table, and a server will bring your ice cream to you).
The great thing about ice cream at Walt Disney World is that it is available all over the place, and there is always something new to try. Next to try on my “must eat ice cream” list is the newish Ample Hills Creamery at Disney’s BoardWalk and a Peanut Butter and Jelly Milk Shake from 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
So what’s your favorite Walt Disney World ice cream or frozen treat? Comment below, and maybe you will help someone else discover a new favorite!