5 Best Places to Get Disney Ice Cream Cones
Everyone loves Disney ice cream cones, right? Like life itself, my ice cream preferences are always changing. I have my core flavors that I always fall back on, toppings I know I like, and brands I know to steer clear of like the plague. “Would you like soft or hand-scooped?’ Hand-scooped. “Chocolate or vanilla?” Chocolate (duh). “Would you like that in a cup or on a cone?”
Ummm…hang on. While I have the answers for practically every ice cream-related question any scoop shop employee can toss my way, the cup vs. cone debate is one that I just can’t choose a side.
The Best Disney Ice Cream Cones
My ice cream indecisiveness combined with my frequent visits to Walt Disney World means that I’ve tried equally as many cups as cones! For years I’ve been stuck in what my family and friends call an ‘ice cream phase’, but I disagree.
On midnight on my 21st birthday, my friends and I threw back shots of creamy and delicious ice cream in lieu of the more traditional alcohol; a phase my friends swore was just one of novelty. Here I stand to tell you one fact I’ve come to terms with: my love of an unadulterated, hand-scooped ice cream cone is not, nor was it ever, a phase! So, were are the best places to get Disney ice cream cones? Read on to find out!
Ample Hills Creamery
Let’s start off with a hometown classic for me. Better known as the New York classic, Ample Hills is located at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort right between ESPN and the Boardwalk Bakery. The homemade ice cream company started in Brooklyn, and its shop at Disney’s Boardwalk marked the first out-of-NY-state spot for this creamery.
If you’re in the mood for a classic or want to venture off the beaten path and try something a little bit more wild, Ample Hills has all of that and more waiting for you. You can opt for a traditional flavor here, but the ice cream shop is known for creating exclusive, signature flavors you can’t get anywhere else! ‘Sally sells seashells’ is the Disney Boardwalk-exclusive flavor…and when in Rome (read: Walt Disney World) order two scoops on a waffle cone!
Beaches and Cream
Directly behind the sand-bottom pool at Yacht and Beach Club is where we’re headed next; to Beaches and Cream Soda Shop! This traditional, 1960’s Jersey shore boardwalk era eatery is a hidden gem passed over by all too many resort guests.
Its understated entrance and tiny, tiny dining area- think 6 tables- make it easy to overlook, and hard to book a reservation. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about booking a reservation to hop into the ice cream line! The restaurant has a separate area just for to-go ice cream orders!
I love the fudge mud slide, but on National Ice Cream Cone Day (September 22), I would opt for a two-scoop combo of strawberry and vanilla. Clean, classic, and so delicious. Plus, you can lick your ice cream while taking in views of the nearby Crescent Lake…talk about a perfect afternoon!
When you’re walking down Sunset Boulevard in the middle of a hot Florida afternoon, Hollywood Scoops comes into view like a beacon of divine light at the end of the street. Situated at the foot of the Tower of Terror, the scenic views are not hard to come by after you’ve received whatever ice cream concoction you’ve ordered at the window!
There are fancy toppings and sundaes for folks with big appetites, but the simple kids’ cone- complete with two chocolate Mickey ears- is a classic way to enjoy classic Hollywood on a classically hot Florida day!
Maleficent Lime Dole Soft Serve (Magic Kingdom)
I’m going to get ‘seasonal’ on you, because the Halloween time-exclusive Maleficent lime Dole soft serve is only available during the fall season- and luckily National Ice Cream Cone Day perfectly aligns! The sinister-looking jet black cone is the perfect backdrop for the shock of green that comes by way of the lime Dole soft serve.
Two chocolate-covered ‘horns’ complete the Maleficent theming…but the impressive presentation is only the beginning of the fun! The lime-flavored Dole soft serve is surprisingly sweet and not at all bitter. At first, the black waffle cone was a little off-putting. One bite, however, proved it to be a normal waffle cone all dressed up in black- nothing to be scared of! The flavors really play nicely together, so don’t waste your time in picking one up before they disappear!
The epitome of all ice cream destinations is, in my humble opinion, Ghirardelli at Disney Springs. When I visited San Francisco a few years ago, I made my family go to Fisherman’s Wharf each and every evening of the vacation for a Ghirardelli cone or sundae. Every. Single. Evening.
I think it was because the views of Alcatraz are unparalleled from the shop’s windows- or maybe because the ice cream is so darn good- but they never hesitated to oblige! I try to hit Ghirardelli at least twice on each Walt Disney World vacation: once for a brownie sundae, and once for a chocolate-dipped waffle cone with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.
Trust me, that second one may seem like the most simple concoction, but the piping hot house-made fudge on top of the richest and creamiest vanilla ice cream you’ll ever taste really can’t be beat!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer thrilled to a part of your Disney vacation planning! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!