Review: New Menu at Beaches and Cream in Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Recently, we told you about about a new menu at one of my very favorite spots in all of Disney World: Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

With so many loyal fans, many of you expressed concern for the changes and wondered if the new options would measure up. I was right there with you! So does Beaches and Cream still rate as THE place to go for burgers and sundaes at Walt Disney World?

Time to find out! We headed over ASAP to try out the new menu…


Walk into Beaches and Cream, and you’ll feel that you just traveled back in time to that beach side soda fountain of family vacations gone by. From the tall and frosty Orange Sunshine to the flavored cokes, this place will definitely bring back memories.

Don’t you love the beach balls decorating the booths? They’re a completely awesome pop of color and immediately make me smile every time I see them.

Seating and Beach Balls!

Seating is comfortable (snag one of the three booths if you can!). And don’t forget to check out the ice cream cone-shaped lights…

Seating -- Up Close

Pastel musical notes and beach towels romp alongside some of the fun dishes served at the restaurant in this colorful mural.

Mirrored glass shelves host a collection of Coca Cola in glass bottles, as well as an impressive array of glassware. This is a great reminder that you can still get your “soda pop” as a fountain drink, or in a cool “nostalgia bottle.”

Murals and Vintage Coca Cola Bottles

It’s always fun to [Read more…]

Snack Series: Sundaes at Ghirardelli in Downtown Disney

Ghirardelli deliciousness can be found at both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World now.

And I knew it was time to take a look at a couple more fan-favorite sundaes at these lovely locations!

Recently, I showed you the amazing Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa and the to-die-for Drinking Chocolate, but today it’s time to check out some sundaes that many of us can only dream about as we count down ’til our next Disney vacation!


In case you aren’t familiar with Ghirardelli Soda Fountain in Walt Disney World, it’s a combo chocolate shop and old-fashioned ice cream parlor located right beside World of Disney at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace.

Even if you don’t indulge in a decadent treat, be sure to pop into the retail shop; they’re often giving out Ghirardelli chocolate square samples!

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain, Downtown Disney, Orlando

But if it’s ice cream you’re after, you are in for an amazing treat! There is a fantastic collection of huge ice cream sundaes here, big enough to share (although you may not want to).

Sundae Menu — Click to Enlarge

There are also plenty of other options, like ice cream cones, shakes, floats, hot cocoa, and espresso.

Ice Cream Cones and More Menu — Click to Enlarge

Ghirardelli Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa

But let’s get on to the sundaes!

Cookie Bottom Sundae

There are few things in life that I love more than a good cookie and ice cream combo. And I loved checking out this highly recommend sundae!

Cookie Bottom Sundae

Half of a warm Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookie forms the base of this sundae. To that, they add [Read more…]

What Are Your Favorite Disney World Hotel Restaurants?

I love hearing from you about your favorite restaurants and experiences in Disney parks and resorts. So as I gear up for another trip to Walt Disney World in the very near future, I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite restaurants at Disney resorts (aka: hotels)…and hoping you’ll share right back!

Beaches and Cream

What are your favorite Disney World Hotel Restaurants, and why? What are the spots that keep you coming back, visit after visit?

I’ll tell you mine, and then I want to hear all about yours…

Beaches and Cream

If you know me, you know that Beaches and Cream Soda Shoppe is truly my go-to place (and it’s my parents’ go-to place…chances are you’ll see AJ’s Dad and AJ’s Mom there if you’re in Disney World at the same time they are)!

Nestled between the Yacht Club and Beach Club resorts, this table service restaurant — which does NOT accept reservations — is just like the soda fountains that you grew up going to (or hearing about)! This is THE place at Disney for burgers and ice cream treats, like my absolute favorite, the No Way Jose.

The ooey gooey peanut butter and hot fudge confection is pretty amazing, don’t you think?

No Way Jose

Flying Fish Cafe

The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn consistently wows me every time I dine there. With unique decor, awesome service, and inventive food, this spot currently holds one of the top spots on my list of hotel restaurants…and never disappoints.

Whether you choose seafood or a land lover’s option, you will leave happy! And fun desserts, like this Trio of Concession Sweets (a nice tribute to their spot on the Boardwalk) are just [Read more…]

Disney’s Soda Fountain: The Brave Sundae & Breakfast with Merida

Last Friday I had the pleasure of visiting the El Capitan in Hollywood to see Disney/Pixar’s latest masterpiece, Brave…

…and then to indulge in a little post-movie treat!

“Merida’s Perfect Target” Sundae

After the movie, we headed next door to Disney’s Soda Fountain to check out their newest ice cream creation inspired by Brave: Merida’s Perfect Target. The sundae features shortbread cookie crumbs topped with strawberry cheesecake ice cream, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and a fresh strawberry. 

It’s finished off with a shortbread “Target” cookie that is designed to look like the archery targets Merida aims for in the movie.

Merida's Perfect Target Sundae

I love fruity sundaes and I love cheesecake, so this combo was perfect for me. I was a little concerned about the shortbread cookie and cookie crumbles; I thought that maybe they’d be [Read more…]

“Spaghetti” Sundae at Disney’s Soda Fountain!

For the run of Lady and the Tramp up at El Capitain Theatre in Hollywood, Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store is offering another featured sundae! This time, it’s the L’amore e un Spaghetti Sundae — an adorable sundae designed to look like it came straight out of Tony’s Italian Restaurant from the movie.

L'amore e un Spaghetti Sundae Description

Strawberry & vanilla ice cream are swirled with strawberry & chocolate sauces, then topped with two “meatless” balls (aka chocolate truffles) accompanied by a serving of “spaghetti” icing. Isn’t it [Read more…]

A Valentine’s Day “Family Date” at Disney’s Soda Fountain

When I think of  Lady and the Tramp, my mind immediately goes straight to the “Spaghetti Kiss” outside of Tony’s Italian restaurant where the cute pups enjoy their first date. Well… that and the Siamese cat scene. 

This year, Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store in Hollywood is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a very special candlelight dinner where you can engage in your own spaghetti kiss, if you please…

Here comes the spaghetti kiss!

My family and I headed to Hollywood on a family “Valentine’s Day” date night to check it out.

Disney's Soda Fountain


The first thing I noticed was the adorable set up. The decor included red and white table cloths, candlelight, and even bread sticks. Just like the movie. Disney even added an extra touch, a [Read more…]

First Look: New “Ice Cream” Pins from Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store

A recent trip up to Disney’s Soda Fountain & Studio Store in Hollywood led me to discover these adorable Limited Edition ice cream themed pins that I just had to have. Just released recently, there are only 300 of each pin available.

The pins will set you back $10.95 a piece. I wish those ol’ time ice cream prices on the signs still rang true!

Mickey Ice Cream Sundae Pin

Minnie Ice Cream Pin

Love the Chip and [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: January 22, 2012

Did the Frito Kid have a hand in inventing Doritos?

Lots of Disney food news popped up this week, including lovely, flavorful things like wine, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cake, and more!!

Plus, we’ve found some seriously interesting posts to share with you — did you know that Doritos may have been invented in Disneyland?? Check it out…

Treat Yourself to Updated Disney Food News

For more decadent food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis — even little stuff that you might not see in a full post on the blog! Worth a look… :-)

DFB Disney Dining Adventures e-Book

Have you read our newest Disney Food Blog e-Book?

DFB Disney Dining Adventures includes over 80 pages of pre-planned food fun to add to your family’s plans on your next trip! Let us do the planning for you — all you need to do is have a blast!

Want a day full of Dole Whips or a day planned for a Princess? Perhaps you have a dino fan in the family — we’ve got two days of pre-planned Jurassic-sized fun! And if you’re traveling with the grown-ups, check out our full two-day Beer Adventure!

The e-Book includes:

  • Fully themed strategies that cover one day, two days, or a full week
  • Themed breakfast, lunch, and dinner suggestions
  • Disney attraction and ride suggestions that complement each Adventure theme
  • Our favorite snacks that are within easy access during each Adventure
  • Historical and behind-the-scenes tips and details that make the Adventure come alive!
  • Plus more bonus sections!

You can check out sample pages and even more details here! Or get your instantly downloadable copy right here! Use code: ADVENTURE for a $2 discount!!

On to the Round-Up!

AKL Resort takes us to the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa at Kidani Village. Try the yummy Naan bread!

OC Weekly investigates the origins of Doritos? There may be a Disneyland connection!

Main St. Gazette clearly agrees with me that the Picnic Burger is a slam dunk at Disney World’s Sci Fi Dine-In! Woo!

WDW Parkhoppers heads to dinner at the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe.

MousePlanet reviews the story behind Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DisneyParks Blog shares favorite healthy eats at Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Soda Fountain Review: The Beauty and The Beast Sundae

With Beauty and the Beast 3D hitting theaters this past Friday, Disney’s Soda Fountain is celebrating with a special movie themed sundae. My family and I hit the road to Hollywood to check it out.

Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store

Beauty and the Beast Sundae Table Topper

Almond Praline Ice Cream with a hint of strawberry sauce, swirls of whipped cream, and topped with a “Luscious” candy rose was the description.

However, as soon as it arrived at the table, I noticed that the sundae also had caramel in it! SCORE!

Beauty and the Beast Sundae


Although I’m still a bit sad about the fact that the Soda Fountain switched from Dewar’s ice cream to Dreyer’s, the Almond Praline that was used in this sundae was quite tasty!

I am normally not a big strawberry sauce fan, but it literally was just a [Read more…]

Review: Most Sensational Muppet Party at Disney’s Soda Fountain

I will admit to you that I am a Muppet fan, a serious Muppet fan. I mean, like, I’ve loved the Muppets for as long as I can remember. Sadly, years gone by, they sort of fell off my radar.

I am, however, happy to announce that with the release of The Muppets I was able to fall back in love at my favorite movie theater, The El Capitan.

A Perfect Pair!

A Perfect Pair.

If you’ve got Muppet fever, then you must know about a very special event going on at Disney’s Soda Fountain (aka El Capitan’s next door neighbor), Disney’s Most Sensational Muppet Party. Muppets, food, cupcakes, and a special surprise…what could be better!!! My two sons and I were recently treated to a very special afternoon in Hollywood. Read on to hear all about it!

Most Sensational!


Before we dive into the review, I want to let you know the details if you’d like to book your spot at The Most Sensational Muppet Party! It’s offered pre- or post-movie at Disney’s Soda Fountain on Saturdays and Sundays, November 23rd through January 5th. Available party times are [Read more…]