It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for… .
Say it with us — I scream, you scream, we all scream for…ICE CREAM. Today we’re bringing you our OFFICIAL ranking of every ice cream spot in Disney World. So grab a (REALLY BIG) spoon and get ready to DIG IN!
Florida is well known for its intense heat, meaning ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and all other types of frozen treats offer delicious waves of relief.
There are a TON of ice cream stops available at Disney World, so we’re going to give YOU the full scoop and rank all the offerings from least to GREATEST.
(Spoiler Alert: Even our least favorite is pretty darn tasty.)
26 — Gelateria Toscana
The little ornate details of the stand itself are both simple and classy. This kiosk blends in with its surroundings so nicely that it already feels like it’s been around forever and a day. But, really, $11.75 for the Affogato Espresso Gelato is (at least in our opinion) WAY too much for that tiny portion we received. 💰 (Even if those few bites we had were quite tasty.)
The other menu items are also good, but the portions are way too small for the prices we paid (again, in our opinion). So maybe you skip on the pricey gelato and opt for some delicious pizza instead!
25 — Haagen-Dazs Kiosk
It’s located on the West Side of Disney Springs. It has a very simple brick storefront that fits in well with the other surrounding stores. (Almost a little too well — you may walk right past it and not realize it’s there!)
We have no big complaints here — it’s got a classy storefront and those delish Dazzler sundaes (like the EPIC Birthday Cake Dazzler you see below) for $9.99 (or $8.99 for a small). But there are so many ice cream options in Disney World, so this one just doesn’t stand out.
The menu is pretty limited and offers standard options you could probably find back home.
Perhaps you’re more in the mood for a Margarita? Learn about Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs HERE!
24 — Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
There’s typically not much to Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, located in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. Auntie serves up your standard soft-serve sundaes, cups, and floats. And the spot itself isn’t particularly memorable. You can’t even eat inside! So why don’t we have it at the very bottom of our list?
Because we love Auntie Gravity’s for its seasonal offerings! Take, for instance, the Pumpkin Spice Soft Serve Sundae typically available around Halloween.
And Auntie REALLY surprised us with the limited-time tribute-in-a-shake to the Carousel of Progress attraction: the “Just a Dream Away Shake!”
For a period of time, we even got to grab a 50th Anniversary treat here that was served IN a bathtub.
We find ourselves often peeking in at this location just to see if there’s anything new on the menu, and you should, too!
23 — BoardWalk Ice Cream
This newer ice cream spot is directly inspired by ANOTHER Disney World ice cream location (which we’ll talk about later on 😉).
We’ve enjoyed our experiences at BoardWalk Ice Cream well enough, but again, it’s mostly standard ice cream options. The Kids’ Mickey Mouse Sundae, priced at $4.99, comes with a scoop of your choice of ice cream, chocolate cookies (Oreos), and a cherry. (AND It looks like Mickey, so it does earn a few extra points for that!)
Our favorite offering at this location is easily the Thundering Surf Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sundae, which has chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate chips, whipped cream, and a cherry for $7.99.
(But that might just be because we’re HUGE peanut butter fans around here… .) Overall this spot is good but nothing that’ll knock your socks off.
22 — The Basket at Wine Bar George
You won’t find any sprinkles or ice cream sundaes here. BUT you will be able to enjoy some frosty options that cater more to an adult palate. Have you ever been eating a DOLE Whip and thought, “Man, I wish this was spiked?” Well, The Basket at Wine Bar George over in Disney Springs has you covered.
Wine Bar George tends to over overshadow its quick-service partner, but this little location nestled underneath the full Table Service restaurant’s patio seating is packed with big flavors!
The Basket is more focused on creating custom picnics and charcuterie boards rather than ice cream treats, but it lands on our list because the DOLE Whip Frozcato is…*chef’s kiss.* 🤤
The recipe is simple: DOLE Whip Pineapple, Moscato, and Vodka. It’s a $13 wine slushy that’s fruity, refreshing, and a little bit on the tart side. Don’t miss it!
21 — Storybook Treats
Over in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland, Storybook Treats sells a few standard soft serve ice cream treats.
But sometimes this quick service location comes up with an exclusive flavor or float themed around our favorite Disney characters.
In the past, we’ve also seen delicious treats offered here, like the Peter Pan Float, which is made with DOLE Whip Lime soft serve, Sprite, and a chocolate feather. And the (currently offered) Snow White Cone (made with DOLE Whip lemon!) is one we could eat EVERY DAY.
It’s definitely worth checking out — especially if you’re ready to try a new DOLE Whip flavor other than pineapple.
20 — Aloha Isle
Aloha Isle is colorful, tropical, and an all-around nice little quick service stop for all your DOLE Whip needs.
But this spot serves so much more than the classic Pineapple DOLE Whip and DOLE Whip Float. In the past, our favorite limited edition treat has been the Kakamora Float! It’s made with coconut soft serve on top of pineapple juice, non-alcoholic blue curacao syrup (because Disney *loves* blue curacao), and garnished with a chocolate cake pop (that’s in the adorable shape of a Kakamora from Disney’s animated film, Moana).
Unfortunately, this beauty isn’t available at Aloha Isle at the moment, but it has disappeared and returned over the years so we’re hopeful that we’ll see it again!
Even though the Kakamora Float isn’t available, the Tropical Serenade IS available and it’s DELISH! This treat features Pineapple-Orange-Guava Juice (a.k.a. the famous POG juice), Coconut Soft-serve, and an Upside-down Pineapple Cake Pop.
Tropical POG juice flavors + coconut soft serve = parade in the middle of a hot Florida day.
19 — Hollywood Scoops
Picture this: You’re wrapping up your day in Hollywood Studios, walking down Sunset Boulevard, and you decide to end the night with a hand-scooped ice cream cone from Hollywood Scoops. Sounds pretty perfect, right?
Its cute vintage facade fits right in with the other shops lining Sunset Boulevard, and it has tasty hand-scooped ice cream for $5.99 a scoop.
BUT! You can also order sundaes OR a not-so-little something called the Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion Shake from this spot. The Explosion Shake features chocolate ice cream layered with peanut butter sauce topped with whipped cream, garnished with chocolate-peanut butter crumbles, and a chocolate-dipped peanut butter doughnut (!!!) for $9.49.
When fellow guests see you walking around with this decadent ice cream concoction, you may find that you’ll have your own paparazzi as inquiring minds ask where you got this! What a way to wrap up a Hollywood Studios day, right?
18 — Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction
If you’re still in Hollywood Studios yearning for something cool, then look no further than Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction on Echo Lake.
You can’t miss it! The giant dinosaur near the front of the park? Yep, that’s our ole pal, Gertie. She’s been serving up classic soft serve treats and Mickey Ice Cream Bars for a while. And we love her for it.
But we love her MORE for the unique history she brings to Disney’s Hollywood Studios along with those ice cream treats!
Take it from us, ice cream tastes better when it is served from a giant dinosaur! 🦕 This place can be closed sometimes so just be sure to check and see if it’s available during your trip.
17 — Milk Stand
No, it’s not quite ice cream, but it’s definitely cool, creamy, refreshing, and maybe it’s Batuu’s answer to ice cream? Does it belong in this ranking? Well, we felt the Force was strong enough with it to list it here. Yep, it’s the Milk Stand in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
And no stop in Black Spire Outpost is complete without a visit.
Love it or not, it’s a rite of passage to try the colorful drinks that Luke Skywalker made famous. And don’t forget to take an iconic picture with it. Because does it even count if you don’t have a photo?
16 — Happy Landings/ I.C. Expeditions/Snack Shack
This signature sundae has chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream, waffle pieces, sprinkles, cookie pieces, hot fudge, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a cherry on top — all served in a GIANT bucket with a shovel for $13.99!
Ice cream AND a beach toy!? Sounds like a win to us! Sure, the shareable concoction gets a little soupy toward the end, but you gotta give it points for the massive quantity and added souvenir.
Aside from the Sand Pail Sundae, both locations serve tasty hot fudge brownie sundaes, ice cream in waffle cones, and some other limited items.
And we have to give a VERY special shout out to Snack Shack at Typhoon Lagoon. With Typhoon Lagoon’s reopening we got some EPIC new and returning creations at this spot. You can opt to create your own unique DOLE Whip concoction (with or without alcohol)…
…go for the returning DFB favorite, the Hei Hei Cone…
…try the beautiful Motunui Island Twist…
…or even try something with a bit more of a kick with the Habanero Lime Galley Shack Swirl!
If you’re at Typhoon Lagoon and looking for a fun DOLE Whip treat, THIS is the place to go. Note that currently Blizzard Beach is closed, but Typhoon Lagoon is open.
15 — Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill
See? We TOLD you there were a lot of Disney Springs’ ice cream offerings!
Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill has both dine-in and grab-and-go offerings. Most notably, they’ve got an awesome variety of gelato creations at the outdoor counter that are so different from other gelato combos we’ve tried.
For example, we’ve tried the Salted Caramel Banana Pudding and it was FANTASTIC. It’s made with banana pudding, banana chunks, vanilla wafers, and a scoop of salted caramel gelato. The pudding was smooth and rich and really went well with that gelato!
And we have to give a big nod to Mortimer’s Key Lime Sorbet Margarita made just for the grown-ups out there. CHEERS!
Menu offerings can change so be sure to check and see what frozen goodies are available during your visit! We hadn’t seen this spot open for a little while, but during a recent trip we saw that it was open and serving guests, so just be sure to check and see if it’s available during your trip.
14 — Vivoli il Gelato
If Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill doesn’t satisfy your gelato needs over in Disney Springs, perhaps Vivoli il Gelato will!
This classy gelato quick-service stop in The Landing is totally there for you for when you’re out shopping and need a quick pick-me-up. The atmosphere is homey, decorated with dozens of black-and-white photographs of the Vivoli family.
And the gelato concoctions can get very unique here! Some favorites of ours include the Bombolatos (gelato sandwiched inside a warm Italian donut) which are generally around $10 (but have ranged in price before depending on what you got).
We also love the Gelato Waffles (which are exactly that — gelato on a waffle) that are generally around $12.
Some of the offerings can be a bit on the pricey side, but the quality is there and keeps us coming back for more.
13 — Marketplace Snacks
Along with your standard DOLE Whip or DOLE Whip float, the Marketplace also has DOLE Whip Nachos for $8.99. This was initially declared to be a one-day-only treat, but its popularity has helped it stick around longer than that. And we’re happy to see it!
The DOLE Whip Nachos are loaded with waffle cone chips topped with DOLE Whip, mango boba pearls, fresh pineapple, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles. Such fun flavors in every bite!
You’ve got your sweet, your boba-bursts, your crunchy waffle chips…so unique and so yummy!
12 — Dino-Bite Snacks
Who knew a little nook in DinoLand U.S.A. in Animal Kingdom would make its way to this list? WE DID. Because we really adore Dino-Bite Snacks!
We love its quirky retro facade and its small selection of sundaes, floats, and ice cream scoops. But what we REALLY love are those ice cream cookie sandwiches for $6.99.
Freshly baked cookies and creamy vanilla ice cream… . Can’t go wrong there!
But DinoBites really stands out thanks to the Seasonal Ice Cream Sandwiches that go well beyond the norm, like the stunner that is the Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich which sometimes pops up for the holiday season!
But the seasonal offerings don’t stop with ice cream sandwiches. One of the most recent seasonal treats we tried at Dino-Bite Snacks was the Baby Tuk Tuk Ice Cream Sundae for $6.99 — with chai spiced caramel cake, chai caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, green tea cake crumbs, salted caramel crispy pearls, and an edible image of Baby Tuk Tuk.
It was a unique experience with a rather *interesting* flavor profile that’s def not for everyone, but we loved how adventurous it was! It just goes to show how unique Dino-Bite Snacks can be!
11 — Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
Before we start talking about the soft-serve ice cream offered at Anandapur Ice Cream Truck in Animal Kingdom’s Asia, can we talk about that DESIGN??
Honestly, out of all the locations on this list, Anandapur is by far the most artistic. Just LOOK at it! But we can’t judge a book by its cover, right? Actually, this time we can.
The usual vanilla and chocolate soft-serve flavors at Anandapur are interspersed with especially fun seasonal treats like that Mighty-Mist Soft-Serve Ice Cream for $5.49. The Mighty-Mist was an Insta-worthy mix of strawberry and vanilla soft-serve in a blue-tinted white chocolate waffle cone.
Head over right now and you might just find the Kite Tails Sundae, which is just as fun! This one is made of strawberry and lemon-flavored soft-serve swirled together and topped with a white chocolate medallion.
We really enjoyed this treat and loved the balance of sweet and tart. While the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck’s traditional menu can be very standard, it’s those specials you’ll want to keep a special eye out for!
10 — Swirls on the Water
Swirls on the Water is located just behind Goofy’s Candy Company, and they feature Dole Whip treats like soft-serve swirls, specialty flavors, and floats. The 50th Celebration Cone comes with DOLE Whip Lemon and Cookie Dough soft-serve swirled together in a cone with EAR-idescent sprinkles and a white chocolate Mickey decoration. And best of all? It works!
You can also get a Dole Whip flight if you can’t choose only one flavor! In the past, we tried the Habanero Lime, Pineapple and Vanilla Swirl, and Cookie Dough and Lemon Swirl (which is the same as the Celebration Cone).
If you’re a Dole Whip fan, Swirls on the Water might be a must-visit for you in Disney Springs!
9 — Pineapple Lanai
Let’s reminisce on a couple of the wonderful exclusive offerings Pineapple Lanai over at Polynesian Resort has provided us over the years… .
Who could forget the Heart of Te Fiti Cone with lime Dole Whip, a green cone, and a lovely decorative flower?
Or that Cinderella 70th Anniversary Ice Cream with vanilla ice cream, crispy pearls, a white chocolate clock, and edible GLITTER!!! Good times… .
There’s just something about eating a DOLE Whip at the Polynesian that makes it all the more enjoyable.
And we especially love that there’s a constant stream of limited edition Dole Whip flavors & creations that pop up here!
Who knows what they might come up with next?
8 — Tamu Tamu Refreshments
In Animal Kingdom’s Africa, you’ll find a little snack shop that has a tucked-away courtyard where you can enjoy your treat of choice.
Tamu Tamu Refreshments has specialty DOLE Whip floats (that can be spiked with coconut rum)!
Our must-have at this location is the Simba Sunset made with pineapple DOLE Whip and topped with watermelon, strawberry, and coconut-flavored syrup for $5.99.
When we’ve ordered a Simba Sunset at Tamu Tamu in the past, we’ve received it in the same-sized cup typically used for a float — meaning you get more DOLE Whip at a price that’d normally get you a smaller DOLE Whip serving at other locations around Disney World!
7 — Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
We’d rank Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney Springs high up on our list just for the scents alone. As soon as you start walking past the World of Disney gift shop, the sweet and warm aromas of Ghirardelli will waft past your nose, enticing you to come on in.
One absolute favorite is the Crissy Field Cookie Bits Sundae: vanilla and cookies-and-cream ice cream, a TON of homemade hot fudge, and big, soft, buttery, half-baked chocolate chip cookies crumbled up and topping the entire thing. Oh, and some whipped cream. 😉
It’s beyond worth the stop when it’s available! Word of advice — be prepared for a bit of a wait at this ice cream spot. You’re not the only guest that’s going to be enticed by the smell of fresh-made waffle cones… .
6 — Sunshine Tree Terrace
We’ve got another Adventureland spot on the list!
Sunshine Tree Terrace is home to none other than the unique-to-Magic-Kingdom Citrus Swirl. But be warned: this beauty hasn’t been available there for a while! We’re hoping it’ll make a delicious return soon.
Other fun finds include the I Lava You Float for $6.99, which was gone for a while, but is now BACK and we’re HYPED to see it! It features Fanta strawberry soda and passion fruit flavors with orange DOLE Whip and popping candy.
But if you don’t want a Fanta strawberry soda, there are plenty of other soda float options to choose from — such as root beer, Coke, Sprite, and even Powerade!
We were definitely surprised by the Powerade Mountain Berry Blast Float — Find out more about it HERE!
5 — The Fountain
The Fountain offers a great variety of shakes and sundaes from your classic vanilla…
… to the Grasshopper with Minty Chip Ice Cream, Bailey’s, Creme de Cocoa, Whipped Cream, Creme de Menthe, and a grasshopper cookie on top!
How about sundaes? Yep, they’ve got plenty of those, too! The Caramel Apple Sundae is an absolute star.
You know how we love Beaches and Cream around here (yep, we haven’t forgotten it on our list!), but The Fountain is a more-than-solid option all its own, and a quite a hidden gem!
4 — Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
If you’ve been following DFB for a while now, you know that an old favorite of ours is the Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich WITH peanut butter drizzle. Note that the peanut butter sauce no longer appears on the menu, but some of our team have been able to ask Cast Members there for some and they’ve been able to get it. So it never hurts to ask!
So. Much. Goodness. Plus, the outdoor seating around the Plaza gives you the most epic view of all — a view of Cinderella Castle.
3 — L’Artisan des Glaces
EPCOT’s France pavilion impresses us constantly with its selection of treats, and L’Artisan des Glaces is no exception.
First off, it’s got a beautiful storefront and atmosphere. (Who wouldn’t want to dine on a sweet treat in the middle of a street bustling with French architecture and music?)
But on top of THAT, it’s got a great selection of unique house-made ice creams and sorbets.
The Croque Glace is just one of the stars here: it’s a scoop of ice cream with your choice of sauce in a homemade brioche, pressed warm.
The brioche would’ve been great on its own. The ice cream is great on its own, too. But you put them together and BAM. Perfection. And speaking of perfection…
…in case you need even more reason to try L’Artisan des Glaces yourself, you can also get an Ice Cream Martini.
Plus this spot often serves up seasonal creations that’ll make you DROOL.
Basically it’s an ice cream lover’s paradise any time of year!
2 — Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
It’s time for the second place winner. Our NUMBER TWO ice cream stop in Disney World is…🎉🎉🎉 Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort! 🎉🎉🎉
This is a CLASSIC ice cream stop for Disney guests who are staying on (or off) the Beach Club property. This table service restaurant was remodeled and expanded in 2019 to accommodate even more guests (which is good because this place can be HOPPIN’).
The No Way Jose Sundae has long been one of our favorite sundaes on Disney property. It is made with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter(!!), hot fudge, peanut butter and chocolate morsels, whipped cream, and (of course!) a cherry on top.
It’s a hefty sundae, for sure, but it’s not NEARLY as big as the famous Kitchen Sink that serves FOUR people for $35! The classic Kitchen Sink has scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream; then, it’s smothered in basically every topping you can get at Beaches and Cream.
It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser and a WHOLE bunch of fun. Oh! AND you can get it in a Chocolate Lovers or Neapolitan version, if your group prefers! (Yep, you’ll need the whole crew to tackle it!)
1 — Salt & Straw
And the NUMBER ONE WINNER is….drumroll, please…Salt & Straw in Disney Springs! Salt & Straw just opened on the West Side of Disney Springs in April 2022 and it changed the way we think about ice cream.
Salt & Straw is known for SUPER unique ice cream flavors, made with handmade ice cream sourced with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. We’ve tried flavors like Mathilde’s Hibiscus and Coconut Sherbet, Honey Lavender, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, and lots more unusual flavors!
Salt & Straw also features special monthly flavors available for limited time periods, and in June we tried Cinnamon and Honey Fried Chicken and Deviled Egg Custard with Smoked Black Tea — and we enjoyed them!
There ARE traditional ice cream flavors available at Salt & Straw, but why not step out of your comfort zone to try some of the more unusual flavors?
Are you craving ice cream yet? Hopefully, this list helped make up your mind about which place — or places! — to choose the next time you’re in Disney World and are craving a sweet, cold, and refreshing treat. 🍨
Will we be adding ANOTHER entry to this list soon? Click HERE to find out more about a NEW ice cream shop coming to Disney World SOON!
Which ice cream spot is your favorite on this list? Let us know in the comments!