Being that Walt Disney World is located in central Florida, it can get pretty hot. That is why even in January it’s nice to cool down with an ice cream treat while guests are touring the parks or enjoying the resorts. Here are the top five “must try” ice cream treats located throughout Walt Disney World.
5. Kitchen Sink at Disney’s Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
This ice cream treat is not for the faint of heart, but anyone who orders the Kitchen Sink will be well rewarded. Available at the Beaches and Cream restaurant at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (the Boardwalk area outside of EPCOT’s International Gateway), this gigantic ice cream sundae is designed to feed a family of four, but really two hungry adults could tackle this.
As for the ingredients, the Kitchen Sink Sundae is eight scoops of your favorite premium ice cream in such flavors as chocolate, strawberry, coffee, and mint chocolate chip. Then it is topped with every topping available, including such favorites as hot fudge, caramel, strawberries, nuts, and sprinkles/jimmies. Finally, this ice cream sundae to top all ice cream sundaes is topped with an entire can of whipped cream and served in a kitchen sink!
Ordering the Kitchen Sink Sundae is an event, and kids, and kids at heart, are sure to get a kick out of the presentation. Having the Kitchen Sink Sundae at least once should be on every Disney Fanatic’s bucket list.
4. Ice Cream Martini at L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop in EPCOT’s France Pavilion
L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop in EPCOT’s France pavilion is the latest ice cream parlor to open in Walt Disney World. Modeled after an old world creamery, L’Artisan serves up ice cream that is a mix between traditional premium ice cream and Italian gelato.
This shop serves up traditional ice cream flavors, as well as some that taste better than they sound including pistachio and salted caramel (my favorite). An icy sorbet would surely cool down anyone on a hot Orlando day.
If you are looking for a way to add a cool treat to your Drinking Around the World tour, then the Ice cream martini offered by L’Artisan is a can’t miss. As the name suggests, two scoops of ice cream or sorbet are served in a martini glass and drizzled with a shot of either Gran Marnier, whipped cream vodka, or rum. There isn’t enough alcohol to really overpower the flavor of the ice cream, but it does give the ice cream a nice kick! Some suggested pairings are mango sorbet and rum, vanilla and Grand Marnier, or mint chocolate with whipped cream vodka. The options are endless!
3. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at the Magic Kingdom’s Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
A must have treat for any trip to the Magic Kingdom is a homemade, ice cream cookie sandwich. These sandwiches were famous at the old Main Street bakery, and I’ll never forget the looks my husband and I got when we ordered one for breakfast on one morning of our Disneymoon. Unfortunately, the ice cream cookie sandwich did not make the menu of the revamped Main Street Bakery/Starbucks, but lucky for us we only have to walk a few more steps up Main Street U.S.A. to get this treat.
Now a famous snack of Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, which is located at the end of the spoke leading into Liberty Square from the Hub, this ice cream cookie sandwich is made from the stuff of dreams. Sandwiched between two freshly made chocolate chip cookies the size of a dinner plate, is two scoops of premium vanilla ice cream. Sleepy Hollow makes this treat extra special by usually offering a seasonal ice cream flavor in addition to vanilla. Pumpkin in the fall, peppermint in the winter, mint chocolate chip, and even birthday cake!
2. The “Plaza” Ice Cream Sundae at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
Step back in time and visit a vintage ice cream parlor that serves up sundaes much like the ones Walt would have enjoyed himself. Located at the corner of Main Street U.S.A. nearest to the hub, the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor is the perfect place to grab an ice cream treat before you head over to Tomorrowland or as your waiting for Wishes to start.
The must have treat of the parlor is the famous Plaza Ice Cream Sundae! This sundae is simple and includes vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and cherries all served in a freshly made waffle cone bowl. It’s no secret that Walt Disney enjoyed ice cream, and this nostalgic sundae is surely one of the kinds he enjoyed. So be sure to raise your spoon at his window, located above the parlor and facing the castle, and enjoy this sundae in his honor.
1. Dole Whip at Aloha Isle Refreshments in the Magic Kingdom
Sure you are able to find Dole Whips at other places on Walt Disney World property, but nothing beats having one from the original shop in Adventureland. This ice cream treat is a Disney icon in and of itself, and is a can’t miss treat on any trip to Walt Disney World.
You’ll find this refreshing pineapple treat at the Aloha Isle Refreshments in Adventureland right across from the entrance to the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. The stand has a sort of blink and you’ll miss it vibe since it blends so well with the other buildings, but the line for dole whips will surely let you know you’re in the right place.
The Dole Whip pineapple soft serve is cool, refreshing, and tastes like nothing you’ve ever tried before! It’s a cross between a pineapple sorbet and a soft serve ice cream, and is heavenly. The pineapple flavor is strong, but not overpowering. For those of you who love pineapple, then be sure to try the Dole Whip Float! A parfait glass is filled two thirds of the way with freshly squeezed pineapple juice – this is the real deal, not juice from concentrate – and the pineapple Dole Whip is swirled right into the juice. The Dole Whip melts into the juice and creates a creamy treat perfect for the Florida heat!