Tasty Treat Tuesday – Top 5 Places to Find Ice Cream at Walt Disney World
Welcome back to Tasty Treat Tuesday here at MickeyBlog.com!
We are taking a small detour from our traditional Tasty Treat Tuesday report to discuss one of my favorite treats – Ice Cream. We all know about those delicious Nestle Premium Mickey Bars and Ice Cream Sandwiches that can be found at almost every snack cart throughout Walt Disney World. But in recent years, Disney has elevated its game by offering a variety of wonderful spots where you can grab hand scooped ice cream in the most amazing flavors. Today, we are going to feature my top 5 favorite places to find ice cream at Walt Disney World. So … grab a spoon and let’s dig in!
1. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
This is the usually the first spot that most guests will mention when the topic of ice cream is mentioned at Walt Disney World. Located in Main Street, U.S.A., this vintage-style ice cream parlor has been serving up scoops to guests since the opening of Magic Kingdom in 1971. Known for its hand-scooped ice cream, waffle bowls , floats and sundaes, it is still one of the best places to grab an ice cream treat at Walt Disney World.
2. L’Artisan des Glaces
This quaint ice cream and sorbet shop located in Epcot’s France Pavillion opened quietly in 2003 and is easily overlooked by the popular bakery, Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie. I love Les Halles just like everyone else, but L’Artisan des Glaces should not be missed! Ice cream at this artisanal French shop is crafted in-house with fresh, seasonal offerings such as Caramel Fleur de Sel, Cinnamon with Caramelized Pecan, and Mint-Chocolate. In addition to ice cream that bursts with natural flavors, this small shop also offers creative artisanal specials such as macaroons and martinis to enhance the decadent experience.
3. Ample Hills Creamery
This Brooklyn-based ice cream shop opened its first location outside of New York at Walt Disney World in 2006. It is perfectly situated in Disney’s vibrant Boardwalk, a quarter-mile promenade styled after Atlantic City. Ample Hills offers a creative and whimsical take on ice cream with 16 different ice cream flavors and 6 different ice cream cone options. I highly recommend their signature Ooey Gooey Buttercake scooped in a cone studded with M&Ms. With hormone-free milk and cream from grass-fed cows and made-from-scratch mix-ins, this creamery truly does stand above the rest for quality ingredients.
4. Sprinkles Ice Cream
For those most fortunate to have a Sprinkles Ice Cream location in their city, you understand why this spot makes our list. Candace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes arguable launched the “cupcake phenomenon” with her sophisticated take on the classic cupcake. Her sister shop – Sprinkles Ice Cream – offers a similar approach by using the finest quality ingredients like sweet cream, pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and Callebaut chocolate in its base. Located in the Town Center section of Disney Springs, this is the perfect location to grab a scoop on a non-theme park day.
5. Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Last, but certainly not least, is Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. Situated between Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club resorts, this classic diner-style restaurant is a short walk from Epcot via the World Showcase and worth the trip! This 50’s style soda fountain serves tasty All-American classics like burgers, sandwiches and fries. But always come with an appetite because dessert is an over-the-top experience. Perhaps the most famous entrée at Beaches & Cream is the Kitchen Sink Sundae – a whopping EIGHT scoops of ice cream smothered with every sweet topping on the menu. Bring a spoon and your entire family to enjoy this tasty treat!
Honorable Mention: Vivoli il Gelato
Okay, so gelato is not exactly ice cream. BUT – it is still worthy of a mention on this list. Located in The Landing at Disney Springs, this shop is the first location outside of Florence, Italy for the Vivoli Family. The small shop offers 24 different flavors of gelato and sorbet which rotate regularly. Guests can find traditional Italian options such as Bacio (Chocolate Hazelnut), Pistaccio, and Stracciatella (Chocolate Chip).
Did your favorite spot make the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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