Disney Food History: Disneyland’s Carnation Ice Cream Parlor

As many of you know, Disney Company and Disney parks history is of great interest to me, so when James (a.k.a. @DisneyNorth) sent along this fantastic menu, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Here’s a short quote from his email, describing his vintage find:

Thought you may find this item interesting. I bought it recently on eBay. It is a 1962 Carnation Ice Cream Parlor menu from Disneyland, that doubles as a postcard. Check out the prices on some of those sundaes!!!

In addition to the burgers, franks, and grilled cheese, the restaurant showcased sundaes created to highlight different parts of Disneyland, like Frontierland’s Old Timer, made with Peppermint Stick ice cream; and Fantasyland’s Snow White Sundae, made with Vanilla ice cream, coconut, and marshmallow topping.

Here are the images of the menu; you can click each photo for a larger version.


I love that the sandwiches are “delightfully” garnished with cottage cheese; and that the Mammoth Matterhorn Mountain sundae, “One of the world’s largest sundaes,” with 5 scoops of ice cream, sliced pineapple, 5 different sundae toppings, sliced banana, chopped almonds, whipped cream and cherry, costs just $1.00.

This description is to the right of the menu when the postcard is fully unfolded:


Here’s the postcard back of the menu ($.03 postage!):


Carnation Ice Cream Parlor History
Carnation Ice Cream Parlor opened with Disneyland in 1955. An outdoor dining area was added in 1977, and the restaurant was closed in 1997. The indoor area now houses the counter-service Blue Ribbon Bakery, and the outdoor area survives as the Carnation Cafe, serving table-service meals.

You can read a great memory of the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor’s final day over on mouseplanet.

Thanks, James!


  1. says

    That is really neat! The Peter Pan Sundae looks good to me. “Delightfully garnished with cottage cheese”–LOL! I don’t know too many people who would consider cottage cheese to be “delightful”!

  2. tfc3rid says

    This is a great menu posting… Those prices are incredible and I am sure all of the sundaes were pretty large…

    And a fantastic blog!

  3. says

    Gray — I think I’m the only one! I love cottage cheese!

    Janna — Yep, as cold as it is here, I’m in the mood for a sundae…

    tfc3rid — Thank you for the compliment! I agree, there aren’t too many ways to make 5 scoops of ice cream into a small sundae.

  4. James (Disneynorth) says

    I failed to mention that there is a full size menu from 1955 on eBay selling for $225. Looks very similar to the one I purchased but waaaaay out of my price range!

  5. says

    Does anyone know what dinnerware was used in the Disneyland Carnation Cafe when it first opened in 1955? There is some speculation that it was white Russel Wright Sterling with an airbrushed carnation pattern. I would love to see a photo of the interior of the restaurant, with its original dinnerware, when it first opened!

  6. Cary says

    I can’t believe it is closed! One of my foodie must stop ats was the Carnation Ice Cream Cafe to a double scoop of chocolate chip! So sad that it is gone. Another must have was a dill pickle from the pickle barrel on Main Street and a fudge pie from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle candy shop. My little sister loved the fritters from New Orleans Square, but they didn’t do much for me ;)!

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