We’ve talked about ice cream sundaes and we’ve talked about milkshakes, but now it’s time to devote the day to ice cream cones! Honestly, there’s nothing like that first taste of a true, hand-scooped ice cream cone in a favorite theme park, and here are my four favorite places to get one:
Hollywood Scoops: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This cheerful ice cream spot at the end of Sunset Boulevard sits at the base of the Tower of Terror and next to the entrance to Rock n Roller Coaster. It’s Art Deco styling in mint green, blue, and pink will have you thinking you’re in a Cali suburb in no time!
The menu is simple here: get your ice cream in a cone, a cup, or a hot fudge sundae! Flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cookies & Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecan, and Fat-Free No-Sugar Added Vanilla.
Dino-Bite Snacks: Animal Kingdom
This fun kiosk can be found on the way into Dino-Land from Discovery Island. This is one of my favorite areas of the park because the themeing here is spectacular, so slow down, grab an ice cream cone, and check it out!
Enjoy your ice cream here in a waffle cone, float (Coke or Root Beer), or hot fudge sundae. Flavors include Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, or Chocolate Chip. You can also get churros, potato chips, or freshly-baked chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies here! And, when I was there in April, the famous ice cream sandwiches were still on the menu.
Fountain View Ice Cream
While this spot used to be a popular bakery, ice cream is Fountain View‘s specialty these days! But my favorite part about this location is the homemade waffle bowls you can actually watch them make! YUM!
Located right next to the Fountain of Nations in Epcot (thus the name), this is the perfect pace to unwind after a long day in the theme parks. The Fountain is a great form of entertainment!
The menu here is expansive and runs from ice cream cones (regular or waffle), sundaes (hot fudge or caramel) in waffle bowls, ice cream floats with Coke or Root Beer, soft drinks, hot drinks, and a smoothie! The best thing on the menu, perhaps, is the ice cream sandwich — another great way to use hand-scooped ice cream!
Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: Magic Kingdom
Of course I wouldn’t forget the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor! This is the quintessential spot for ice cream cones in Disney World. Located on the corner of Main Street between the Bakery and the Plaza Restaurant, the Ice Cream Parlor is the ideal place to grab a giant cone just in time for the Main Street Electrical Parade or Wishes! It’s also a great place to stop on your way out of the parks — the perfect “kiss goodnight.”
The menu here is small, and includes ice cream cones and floats (Coke or Root Beer), a Mickey Mouse kids’ cone (with chocolate cookies for Mickey ears!), and the famous Plaza Ice Cream Sundae in a waffle bowl. Flavors include Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Fat Free Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl, and no sugar added Raspberry Sorbet or Butter Pecan. Tofutti and Rice Dream are also available here.
While these aren’t the only places you can get hand-scooped ice cream cones in Disney World (Beaches and Cream and Ghirardelli surely come to mind!), these are what I consider the best places to get those indulgent cones in the theme parks themselves.
Remember, all flavors and menu items are subject to change!
Thanks to Brett Young for the Plaza ice cream cone photo!