A few weeks ago, we shared our excitement about Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, opening up today on Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street.
Well, it’s time to hop on the Red Trolley and take a ride to check it out. Be sure to notice the fun ad for Clarabelle’s while you’re in the trolley. See you there!
Clarabelle’s Back Story
From the moment I heard about Clarabelle’s, I was really looking forward to checking it out. It has a fabulous little back story.
In the early 1920’s, it’s said that a young Walt Disney often visited an ice cream shop run by “Clarabelle Cowherd.” The bovine-obsessed Clarabelle ran her ice cream shop using farm fresh dairy products, and used old fashioned churns to make her flavorful hand scooped ice creams.
It’s said that she was the inspiration for Disney’s humorous Clarabelle Cow character. And I love that Clarabelle’s story is a part of the decor of this new ice cream stop on Buena Vista Street!
Located smack in between the new Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Cafe and Trolley Treats, Clarabelle’s is a walk-up counter service spot to get some traditional Disneyland Resort goodies as well as something totally new to the parks’ menus: The Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bar.
Clarabelle’s is tiny. With just three registers to place an order, I think on a hot day this cow-crazy cone shop is going to be an E-Ticket attraction sized line.
Don’t let it’s size fool you, though, because imagineers were able to pack some very snazzy decor into a very small space.
The first thing that I noticed when I walked into Clarabelle’s was the lighting. Each of the light fixtures here are designed to look like ice cream cones.
There are individual “cones” as well as a full chandelier hanging from the center of the room. The glass is colored, giving off a lit stained glass effect. So pretty!
Because I wanted to know a little bit “extra” about the decor, I took to asking this fantastic cast member, Sal. He helped out a ton by explaining the little details.
See the photos behind Sal? Those are photos of Clarabelle and her cows on her farm. There are several of them lining the walls of the ice cream shop! Here are a few closer up:
Now, on to the secret of the tiles chosen here at Clarabelle’s. Each one represents a color of the types of ice cream served here!
The white = vanilla, brown = chocolate, tan = mocha almond fudge/butter pecan, pink = strawberry, green = mint chocolate chip.
AND the dark and lighter brown tiles above on the cow photo wall represent dark and milk chocolate for the hand dipped ice cream bars!
Another gorgeous feature of Clarabelle’s? The stained glass window above the doors. From the outside you can see it; but it’s not until you get inside and can see the sun shining though that you see the detailed design that includes ice cream cones and an ice cream sundae.
The ice cream service area is located directly behind the registers, and there are several cast members waiting to scoop your cone or dip your bar!
All of the ice cream served here at Clarabelle’s is provided by Dreyer’s. You can get scoops, cones, waffle cones, waffle cups, waffle cones dipped in chocolate, waffle cups dipped in chocolate, and a variety of specialty sundaes.
The specialty sundaes offered here at Clarabelle’s are park standards. You’ve got the Chocolate Chip Cookie Hot Fudge Sundae, the Strawberry Sundae, the Mint Sundae, & the Mocha Sundae, all which I have seen before.
Something new and pretty adorable? Any sundae can be served in a souvenir Red Trolley cup for $5.00 more.
Now, on to what I’d been waiting for! The brand new-to-the-resort menu item: The Hand Dipped Ice Cream Bar.
For $4.99 you can choose from three different ice cream bar flavors. There’s Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, and Mixed Berry Sorbet. After you’ve chosen your ice cream, you then move on to your “dip” choice: dark or milk chocolate.
Finally, you choose the toppings. I actually thought there would be more toppings, and was surprised to see that there were no nut options like crushed almonds or peanuts.
The choices were chocolate chip morsels, confetti Mickeys, blue raspberry bursts (think POP ROCKS!), and rainbow sprinkles. If you can’t make up your mind, like me, you can order “The Whole Herd” and get a little bit of everything on your ice cream bar!
I’m happy to report that the ice cream bars were fabulous. The vanilla bean ice cream was great, and the chocolate didn’t melt too fast, which made it easy enough to eat without making a total mess.
I also like the little trays the bars are served in because they catch any toppings or chocolate pieces that would otherwise be lost!
I really love the story and decor ideas behind Clarabelle’s. I’m also excited about the new addition of hand dipped ice cream bars at Disney California Adventure.
The location is fun, too; who wouldn’t want to take a trolley to the ice cream shop!?!
Will you be visiting Clarabelle’s on Buena Vista Street on your next visit to DCA? What would YOUR ice cream bar toppings be?