Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Life's a Dream at Beaches and Cream

If you’ve ever wanted to get in a time machine and go back to the 1950s, I’ve got just the place for you!  Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, just beside the famed Stormalong Bay pool, you will find Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.  This small eatery is a great place to take a break from the parks and will be a big hit for everyone in your group.  The older adults will love the nostalgia it evokes as they remember their own teenage years.  Kids will love the fun colors and the playful atmosphere.  And who doesn’t love a jukebox!  An actual, working jukebox!


Beaches and Cream serves up your standard soda shop fair—hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, and fries.  But who are we kidding?  The hamburgers are great, but you go to Beaches and Cream for the ice cream!!! 


The Kitchen Sink

Even if you’ve never heard the name of this restaurant, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of their legendary Kitchen Sink!  This gargantuan sundae is comprised of eight scoops of ice cream and every topping in the house, including goodies like brownie, Oreo cookies, marshmallow cream, bananas, and even a whole can of whipped cream.  That’s right.  I said a WHOLE can of whipped cream!!! And it really does come in a kitchen sink!  As if that weren’t fun enough, when you order the Kitchen Sink everyone in the place will know it…lights start flashing and an announcement is made as the giant treat is paraded to your table.


Be sure to get every last bit!
If the Kitchen Sink is too daunting for your group, or if you want individual desserts you have plenty of options.  They have milkshakes, malts and classics like a banana split or strawberry shortcake.  In addition, there is an array of creative sundaes to choose from.  My favorite is the No Way Jose:  “A Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge Delight with Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream and a Cherry.”  You can, of course, make your own custom sundae or simply order an ice cream cone.


No Way Jose



This restaurant is a great way to take a break from the parks.  It is within walking distance of Epcot’s World Showcase or you can hop off the boat as you park hop between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Be aware that since it is on the small side, it can get quite crowded at peak dining times and just after Illuminations, making for a long wait.  If you are simply wanting a scoop of ice cream or a milkshake you can order from the to-go menu and take a stroll around the resort.  My favorite time to visit is in late afternoon.  Waits are generally low then and a cold treat is just what I need to get relief from the heat by that time of day.


Have you visited this blast from the past?  What was your favorite item to indulge in?


Aubrey

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