Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Girardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop!
I hope you’re hungry, because we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. But let’s talk about atmosphere first:
I know, I know — you want to see ice cream. Okay…you can be naughty and scroll ahead to see the photos, but come back up here when you’re done to read all about the place or you won’t know how to order.
Located at Disney World’s Downtown Disney, Ghirardelli is where everyone goes to grab some ice cream after dinner. Or before dinner if you’re like us. But that’s neither here nor there. You’ll see several doors when you get there, and which one you choose will determine whether you end up in the chocolate shop or the soda fountain. If you want souvenirs, go to the chocolate shop:
But if you want ice cream, head over to the soda fountain! When you get there, you’ll scan the Ghirardelli menu of goodies…
And put in your order. Be sure to let them know what kind of cone or dish you’d like, and whether you’d like dark or milk chocolate fudge (!!!). You’ll get a little number to bring to your table; when your order is ready, the CMs will bring you the goodies. While you’re waiting, tour around the cafe and order any coffees or drinks.
Once you finally have a seat (and that can be TOUGH at Ghirardelli — definitely hit this place at non-peak times if at all possible!), get ready for the ice cream avalanche!
I’m just going to post a bunch of gorgeous sundaes now. I hope that’s OK.
1. “The Golden Gate” Banana Split:
Premium vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream with a banana, topped with crushed pineapple, sliced strawberry topping, our own home-made chocolate syrup, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry
World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae:
Two scoops of premium ice cream layered with hot fudge sauce and finished with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips. (The orange color of the Whipped Cream is due to the sunset through a near-by window.)
Strawberry/Blueberry Cheesecake “The Haight AshBerry”:
A scoop of premium strawberry cheesecake ice cream smothered with sliced strawberry topping under a layer of vanilla ice cream, blueberry topping, whipped cream, our chocolate berry blues and a hand made chocolate dipped waffle roll.
Warm Brownie Sundae:
A scoop of premium vanilla ice cream paired with warm Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie smothered with hot fudge sauce and topped with whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry.
Finally, here are a couple of “make-em-your-way” sundaes. One has chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, and butterscotch sauce; the other has cookie dough ice cream and marshmallow topping.
OK, I’m ready for a nap. How ’bout you?? Meet you back here for another sugar-fest later, whaddya say? Go take a look at the menu and let me know what YOU’D order!
Sundae Photo Credits: