The Crescent Lake Dessert Crawl at Walt Disney World

The Crescent Lake Area in Walt Disney World is a beautiful area that connects several WDW resorts, the picturesque BoardWalk, and numerous entertaining and dining venues.  This area is also within walking distance of Epcot’s World Showcase, as well as Hollywood Studios.  So even if you’re not staying at one of the BoardWalk resorts, it’s well worth a visit to Crescent Lake!  While you’re here, you’ll want to indulge in some of the delectable desserts offered in the area.  To help you narrow your choices – or to give you ideas for the perfect dessert crawl – we’ve listed some of our favorite tasty treats on Crescent Lake.


1. No Way Jose: Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Many guests come to Beaches & Cream for the Kitchen Sink, which serves a whopping 4 people and includes every single topping the shop has.  For those with slightly more discerning tastes, the No Way José sundae is the way to go.  It features peanut butter and hot fudge sauce over chocolate and vanilla ice cream, along with yummy morsels of chocolate and peanut butter, whipped cream and of course, a cherry on top.  Chocolate and peanut butter never tasted so good!

2. Lexington Sundae: Yachtsman Steakhouse

Another sundae that hits the spot, but for very different reasons, is the Lexington Sundae at the Yacht Club Resort’s flagship restaurant, the Yachtsman Steakhouse.  With salted caramel and buttered popcorn gelato, this sundae is a salty, buttery twist on a sundae, and we know you’ll love it!  It comes complete with crumbled cookies, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and toasted honey marshmallow.

3. Trio of Puddings: Ale & Compass

We’re always a fan of three desserts in one!  The Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club Resort offers a Trio of Puddings that’s perfect if you’re feeling undecided, or if you have little ones that want to share dessert.  You’ll enjoy chocolate, butterscotch and blackberry pudding – along with your favorite mix-ins, of course!

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4. Tasting of Artisan Cheeses: Flying Fish

We love desserts that you can also eat as a main course!  The Artisan Cheeses at Flying Fish on Disney’s BoardWalk are part of the dessert menu, but we won’t blame you if you eat them for your first course.  You’ll enjoy several different gourmet cheeses paired with tasty accompaniments like honeycomb, chocolate dust, pepper, and fruit compote.  This is a true taste experience!

5. Fountain Funnel: The Fountain

If the Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream is a bit eclectic for you (do jellied orange slices, peanut butter chips, coffee ice cream, and mint ice cream really go together?), head to the Dolphin Hotel to try The Fountain’s answer to this massive dessert: the Fountain Funnel.  You’ll be able to narrow down your choices for a custom creation, by choosing seven flavors of ice cream, three toppings, and three sauces.

6. Zeppoli: Trattoria al Forno

One of Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk restaurants, Trattoria al Forno doesn’t hold back when it comes to real (and really delicious) Italian desserts.  Our pick is the Zeppoli.  For the uninitiated, this is almond sugar-coated fried dough, which in itself is just a fantastic idea.  To top it off, it’s accompanied by not one, not two, but three different flavors of dipping sauces to meet every taste.

7. Ample Hills Creamery: Boardwalk

Our final ice cream entry comes from Ample Hills Creamery, where you’ll find more original flavors than you could possibly eat in one Walt Disney World vacation (although you can always put this to the test!).  Whether you opt for a cake cone, waffle cone, cup, milkshake or sundae, you’re in for a treat.  Choose from flavors like Baked/Unbaked (with its pieces of cookies and cookie dough), Sally Sells Seashells (orange marshmallow ice cream with chocolate seashells), and the vegan Shirley Temple.

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8. The Admirals Cake: Yachtsman Steakhouse

We couldn’t resist one more dessert entry from Yachtsman Steakhouse!  Guests rave about the Admirals Cake – even if they can’t remember the name of this rich dessert, the memory of its chocolatey-caramel taste certainly stays with them.  So what makes it so amazing?  It’s a layered chocolate brownie cake with caramel crunch and loads of sea-salted chocolate ganache, along with bananas Foster jam.  It also looks pretty fantastic.

9. Fruit Tart: Boardwalk Bakery

When you need a break from sugar and ice cream, head to the Boardwalk Bakery.  While you can certainly find your share of tantalizing sweet treats here (like themed cupcakes), there’s also a yummy fruit tart on offer that’s full of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and kiwi – all on a bed of delicious cream.  This is a perfect light dessert that won’t weigh you down.

10. S’mores Bread Pudding: ESPN Club

You might not think of ESPN Club when you think about amazing desserts, but you should.  The S’mores Bread Pudding needs to be tasted to be believed!  We love bread pudding, and this s’mores version can’t be beat.  It has chocolate ganache spread throughout, and delicious marshmallow ice cream for a cool contrast.  Oh, and we can’t forget about the toasted marshmallows to top it all off.  We want more s’mores!

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.