Five Reasons You Are Going to Love Ice Cream at Disney

Ice cream is a theme park staple. It is cool and refreshing on a hot day, and there are plenty of those in Central Florida! Just like almost everything else, the ice cream at Walt Disney World is special. The variety alone will make it hard to decide what to order. Here are five reasons why you’ll decide that the heat isn’t all that bad because it makes cooling off with a refreshing treat even better. Fortunately, you’ll never be far away from a place that sells ice cream when you visit.


5) Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

Downtown Disney

If you think that ice cream and chocolate are the perfect combination, you need to visit Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. Featured are Specialty Sundaes such as The Treasure Island Warm Brownie Sundae, also Intense Dark Sundaes like Espresso Escape, and so much more. If you’re not in the mood for a sundae enjoy a float or a shake instead. Ice cream is also available in cups and cones, and you can pick your own toppings as well. Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop also features chocolate drinks and coffee creations. The shop is extremely popular, so plan your ice cream stop accordingly.

4) World Showcase


Ice cream lovers will want to scream their way across World Showcase. You can try Corn Ice Cream in Mexico, Caramel Ginger Ice Cream in China, and ice cream on a funnel cake in the American Adventure Pavilion. There are a few ice cream places in World Showcase that need to be mentioned by name. L’Artisan des Glaces in the France Pavilion features 16 housemade flavors of ice cream and sorbet. You can get your fix in a cone, dish, as a macaron sandwich, or as an ice cream martini. In Italy you’ll want to stop by Gelati. This cart features gelato, which is Italian ice cream. You can try it by the scoop or between chocolate chip cookies. It’s not quite ice cream, but Kabuki Cafe in Japan features kakigori in various flavors, which is Japanese shaved ice. The stand also serves a few unusual flavors of ice cream such as Green Tea.

3) Sand Pail

Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Spending the day in a water park can make you hungry for some ice cream. Disney has come up with the perfect solution, the Sand Pail. Available in various places at both water parks, this is a treat that you might want to share. Soft serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream are swirled together. Hot fudge and caramel sauces are added, and then it’s topped with pieces of cookie and waffle cone, sprinkles, and whipped cream. The finishing touch is a cherry. The creation is served in a plastic sand pail, and you’ll be given a shovel to use as a spoon. The Sand Pail is a delicious way to take a break from the water on a hot afternoon.

2) The Kitchen Sink

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Disney’s Beach Club Resort

The Kitchen Sink is the largest and most decadent ice cream creation that you will find while at Walt Disney World. The sundae is intended to serve four, and even then there is a good chance that you won’t be able to finish it. It all starts with eight scoops of ice cream. The toppings include hot fudge, peanut butter, and butterscotch. Thrown on top of all that you’ll find bananas, candy bars, brownies, cookies, and more. There are sprinkles, whipped cream, and cherries as well. According to Disney, the Kitchen Sink features “every topping we have”. The creation is served in a bowl that is shaped like a kitchen sink. This sundae is not to be confused with Mickey’s Kitchen Sink that is served at the Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. While that one is also loaded, it’s not nearly as big as what you’ll find at Beaches & Cream.

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1) Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar

Various locations

The number one reason why you’ll love ice cream at Walt Disney World is also the most simple. Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars are classic. They are so popular that over three million are sold at Walt Disney World each year. Vanilla ice cream that is shaped like the famous mouse is covered with chocolate and served on a stick. They are available in countless places, so you’ll never have to look far to enjoy this delicious snack. At 330 calories, they are lower than most ice cream treats, and they are also easy to eat while heading across a park for your next ride. Mickey Bars are so popular that they are featured on T-shirts and other merchandise. You can even buy an air freshener with the scent so that your car will always remind you of your trip. A Mickey Bar will make a great vacation even better.



About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.