Here’s the scenario: you’ve spent the day at the park, you’re exhausted, your kids are exhausted, your spouse is exhausted, you don’t have an ADR, and you’d rather not stand in line at another counter service restaurant. You need comfort food and you need it now.
I’ve got a great answer for you…
The Fountain at the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort brings back memories of your favorite diner. With a bright red stools at the tiled counter, an ice cream freezer flanking one wall, booths in the back, and more milkshakes than you can could possibly drink listed on the menu, this is the perfect place to sit back, relax, and indulge in some serious comfort food.
At the Fountain, the menu is full of your favorites. Choose from hearty soups and chili, salads, and build-your-own burgers and hot dogs. Also available are tuna, turkey, and organic burgers as well as a vegetarian sloppy joe! Want your sandwich grilled? Check out the Griddled Fladen Breads and melts!
On our recent visit, we were ready for some burgers and dogs, so we ordered both, along with a bowl of chili and the chili cheese fries for good measure! I pretty soon realized that I had to ask for the recipe for their melted cheddar cheese. You guys know I love plastic cheese, and this was some of the best I’d had! If you’re anywhere close to the Swan and Dolphin, you must stop into the Fountain for some cheese fries!
My husband enjoyed the chili, and the burger was great. The hot dog was good as well, but the bun ended up being a bit too hard and chewy to make the meal ideal. I appreciate the effort to use a roll vs. a bun, but this was just wasn’t working out in terms of ease-of-eating.
However, the real reason we’d come to the Fountain was to test out those incredible milkshakes we’d been hearing so much about! Check out the dessert menu — there are 8 types of shakes, not counting the “regular” kind!
I’d heard great things about the PB&J shake (and I wanted to compare it to 50’s Prime Time Cafe‘s PB&J shake) so I had to get that. We also ordered a plain vanilla shake (what better way to test out quality than get an original?) and a Caramel Apple Sundae!
The vanilla shake was wonderful — the epitome of what a pure, thick milkshake should be. Of course, I had to go and order a little side dish of hot fudge (research purposes!) and tested it out on the milkshake — delicious!
The PB&J shake, however, was not what I was expecting! After the nearly vanilla appearance of the 50’s Prime Time Cafe version, I figured this would have the same issue. Boy was I wrong! This shake was pink and had a very distinct strawberry jam flavor. While the strawberry overtook the shake, I could still taste the peanut butter ice cream, and the Reese’s Pieces on the top actually added to the flavor in the shake. I’m not sure I would order it again, but it definitely delivered on the promise in the menu!
Finally, the gorgeous Caramel Apple Sundae was delivered. This is basically exactly what it should be: a huge piece of fresh apple pie covered in ice cream and caramel. Seriously — real apple pie! Voila! The only thing that could make this better would be hard-scooped ice cream. Not sure why they don’t have vanilla hard-scooped ice cream, but…alas…
If you’re on-the-go, you can stop by the Fountain’s to-go area for a quick bite.
And there’s a groovy kids’ menu, too!
This is a wonderful place to stop for a quick bite or to indulge in some made-to-order comfort food. By far, the best reason to go is the spectacular dessert menu — I wanted to try everything! — and those awesome cheese fries. Plus, this restaurant is within walking distance of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so it’s a great end point to a day in either of those parks, or a great opportunity to escape for a nice, quiet lunch.
Also, just want to make the promise that we’ll compare the Fountain to Beaches and Cream in a later post, but, I have to say, they both have their pros and cons! We’ll see who comes out on top…