7 of the Best Places to Grab an Ice Cream at Walt Disney World
When the temperatures start to soar at Walt Disney World, the snack on most visitor’s minds is ice cream! From the theme parks to the resorts to Disney Springs, Disney has a number of fantastic places to stop to get your hands on this refreshing treat. However, not all ice cream is created equal. That’s why we thought we’d share with you 7 of our favorite places to satisfy our ice cream cravings!
Ample Hills Creamery – Disney’s Boardwalk – No visit to one of Epcot’s three resorts would be complete without making a stop at this wonderful ice cream shop. With over 16 signature ice cream flavors on offer, there’s bound to be a treat for all tastes. The Creamery will even let you sample as many varieties as you like before finding “the one.” In addition, Ample Hills also offers homespun milkshakes, luxurious sundaes and six different types of ice cream cones including the classic waffle cone to more adventurous options like the pretzel cone! Ample Hills Creamery is typically open from 12pm – 11pm daily.
Vivoli Il Gelato – Disney Springs – If authentic Italian-style gelato is more your thing than we’ve got just the place for you. Vivoli Il Gelato is a world-famous, family run gelato shop from Florence, Italy. Here you’ll find a wide range of hand-crafted goodies including Italian gelati and even espresso drinks. There’s a nice classic range of flavors including creme custard, amaretto, and tiramisu. For a special treat, order the Cannoli Milkshake. The shake is made up of Cannoli gelato mixed with milk. It is then served inside a chocolate dipped waffle cone. Toppings including whipped cream pistachios, chocolate sauce and crushed cannoli shell! Vivoli Il Gelato is typically open from 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM.
Hollywood Scoops – Hollywood Studios – No visit to Hollywood Studios would be complete without a stop at this hand-dipped ice cream kiosk located on Sunset Boulevard. This location is known for its ice cream cookie sandwiches made with fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies. Another highlight is the Apple Crisp a la Mode made with a warm cinnamon apple, vanilla ice cream and topped with a crispy cinnamon streusel. This location is the perfect pit stop for those looking for a sweet treat after visiting the newly opened Toy Story Land. Hollywood Scoops is open from 12:30 AM – 10:30 PM most days.
Aloha Isle – Magic Kingdom – A Disney World ice cream list simply would not be complete without a mention of the home of the Dole Whip. Here you’ll find the iconic pineapple soft serve offered in a variety of different ways. Purists may prefer to get it in a cup where more adventurous visitors may want to consider the Pineapple Float or the newly released Pineapple Upside Down Cake. No matter which option you choose we’re sure you’ll find this beloved Disney snack to be absolutely delicious. Aloha Isle is now part of Disney World’s mobile ordering service meaning you can also order a Dole Whip in advance and have it waiting for you! Aloha Isle is open from park opening to close.
Beaches and Cream – Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort – At some point, every family has to try the kitchen sink challenge. It is a Disney rite of passage! For this, you’ll want to head over to Beaches and Cream located near Stormalong Bay at the Yacht and Beach Club. For $32.00, this mammoth sundae will feed a family of four. Its made up of scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream and mint chocolate chips. The sundae is then smothered in every topping imaginable for an over the top treat. It provides the perfect family photo op! Beaches and Cream also offers a nice lunch/dinner menu with soups, burgers, sandwiches as well as floats and milkshakes. As it is a Table Service restaurant, advanced reservations are recommended and can be made at My Disney Experience or at 407-WDW-DINE. Beaches and Cream is open from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM daily.