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On our most recent trip to the magic, it was time to revisit one of our favoritest spots, Beaches and Cream Soda Shop!
Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Beaches and Cream Soda Shop has long been a favorite of Disney World guests, featuring lots of decorative touches that whisk guests right back to beach vacations of their childhoods.
With vintage “beach balls” scattered throughout, giant ice cream cones lighting your way, a jivin’ jukebox playing tunes you remember from the 50’s and 60’s, and a nostalgic and simple menu, you’ll feel like a kid again…and YOUR kids will love it just as much.
Seating is either in big pink booths or at small, white wrought iron tables. If you’re in a rush or just looking for a bit more fun, ask for a stool at the counter where you can watch the chefs and servers work their magic on classic burgers and massive ice cream sundaes.
Choose a favorite song from the vintage jukebox if you really want to get the joint jumpin’!
The Coca-Cola display pays homage to bottle designs of days gone by, and reminds you that you can get your favorite “soda pop” in vintage bottles here!
Don’t forget that guests can re-live the good old days by ordering flavored cokes like cherry, lemon, chocolate, and vanilla. (Here’s a tip! Remember that these can also be served in your Beach Club resort refillable mug!)
The 1950’s schoolhouse lighting is a nice touch, I think. It’s the little things — the ones that few folks ever notice — that make Disney’s restaurants so authentic.
Beaches and Cream specializes in burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, french fries, and all other wonderfully Soda Shoppy things. Check out our review of the regular Beaches and Cream food here! There are a couple of soup and salad options (plus a veggie sandwich) to lighten up the menu just a bit.
But the real reason we were here? The ice cream, of course! Home of the famous (and gargantuan!) Kitchen Sink Sundae, there are also plenty of ice cream shop favorites here, from classic banana splits to milkshakes and floats.
Freshly made cakes and pies, ready to be sliced, tempt you with all the decadence that awaits you. I really dig how they display them on pedestals under clear domes, old school.
Wanna know how these ones taste? Check out our review of the cranberry-apple pie and the new chocolate cake here!
We were really in the mood for a taste of Florida during this visit, so we went with the Frozen Sunshine and the Strawberry Shortcake.
The Frozen Sunshine is a cross between an ice cream soda and a milkshake. Made with lighter orange sherbet instead of ice cream, and blended with seltzer instead of milk or cream, it was light, frothy, and delicious, with just a hint of bubbles.
The blended beverage is topped with whipped cream for a rich finish, and garnished with fun candied orange slices. Look how pretty it is in the glass!
I’d been wanting to sample the Strawberry Shortcake for quite a while, and this evening was perfect as I’d just had a big dinner and didn’t have room for my standard peanut buttery and chocolatey No Way Jose sundae!
But don’t be fooled; the Strawberry Shortcake is decadent. Featuring a cake that is more like spongecake than shortcake, it’s topped with freshly made strawberry compote, a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, and softly whipped cream that gently blankets the whole thing. Sprinkles and a cherry complete the picture.
It differs from the wildly popular Sunshine Seasons Strawberry Shortcake in that it’s made to order and a little more expensive.
It offers a moister shortcake experience, as well as a generous serving of ice cream to complement the cake and not-too-sweet fruit. The ingredients were in perfect ratio to one another, and we tasted creamy ice cream, tangy fruit, and moist cake in every bite.
So, we all had that favorite soda shop growing up, right? The place at the beach or vacation getaway, or even in our hometown, where you (or your parents) remember going years ago.
Beaches and Cream perfectly channels that vibe, getting the nostalgia and the tastes of yesteryear just right. If you’re looking for a fun place to get away from the park crazy and enjoy a vacay treat, Beaches and Cream fits the bill perfectly, Daddy-O (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)
Have you been to Beaches and Cream? What is your MUST HAVE treat when you visit?