Recently my boys and I returned from another fun-filled adventure in Disney World. As with all great Disney vacations, one of the things we strive to include beyond the attractions are some delicious sweets. At home we don’t eat many extravagant desserts, so when we are on vacation the sky is the limit when it comes to tasty treats. One of our favorite stops is Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. When we first tried this restaurant several years ago, we were enticed by stories of mountains of ice cream and the legend of a famous sundae. Now we keep returning, not only for these enchantingly sweet concoctions, but for the ambiance and other delectable dishes that Beaches & Cream continues to offer.
On this particular occasion, my boys and I had just enjoyed a full day exploring Epcot when it was time to make our way over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort for dinner. We took a leisurely stroll through the International Gateway and along the paved path that follows Crescent Lake taking in the sights along the way.
At exactly 180 days in advance, we had booked our ADR for Beaches & Cream so we were hoping that we wouldn’t have too long of a wait to be seated. Once we arrived at the restaurant, we checked in at the stand and were given a pager. We decided to spend our time waiting in the arcade located directly next door. My kids played several games and before we knew it our pager was buzzing.
We were seated in a comfortable booth where we could soak up some of the 1950’s diner atmosphere while we reviewed the menu. The entrée menu is small and features mostly sandwiches. The main draw of Beaches & Cream is their famous desserts. We chose burgers; a kid’s cheeseburger for my youngest son and my oldest son and I planned to share the Angus Beef Burger so that we could all save precious stomach space for ice cream.
Even with the busyness of the restaurant, our food was served to us very quickly. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the kitchen staff had already split the meal my son and I were sharing. The fries were piping-hot, well-seasoned, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The burgers were also flavorful and well-prepared. In my opinion, this is the best “fast-food” style burger on Disney property. Although it is more pricey than most counter service burgers; a whopping $15.99 price tag in comparison to $9.99 at Liberty Inn in Epcot, the taste and quality of the burger at Beaches & Cream is far better.
We made quick work of our meals and we were soon ready to move on to what we had been longing for…the ice cream! Beaches & Cream serves malts, shakes and many incredible sundaes. Here are just a few of the possibilities:
- Milky Way Sundae – Three scoops of vanilla ice cream, drenched in hot fudge and caramel, and topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a cherry.
- Fudge Mud Slide – A gooey chocolate brownie covered in hot fudge, three scoops of vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, and topped with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and a cherry.
- No Way Jose – Vanilla and chocolate ice cream covered in peanut butter and hot fudge, topped with peanut butter and chocolate morsels, whipped cream and a cherry.
- Mickey Mouse Sundae for Kids – A single scoop of ice cream, with Oreos and a cherry.
- Old Fashioned Sundae – Two scoops of ice cream with your choice of topping and covered with whipped cream, toasted almonds and a cherry.
We were almost full so we went with two Mickey Mouse Sundaes and they were delicious!
What about that legendary sundae I mentioned? That sundae is known as the Kitchen Sink, my friends! This enormous combination of wonderfulness includes 8 scoops of ice cream (2 vanilla, 2 chocolate, 2 strawberry, 1 mint chocolate chip and 1 coffee), hot fudge, chocolate syrup, butterscotch, peanut butter, strawberry topping, pineapple topping, marshmallow topping, a banana, a brownie, angel food cake, a Milky Way bar, Oreos, whipped cream, sprinkles, almonds and cherries. As much as my boys and I wanted to try it, there was no way the three of us could have even made a dent in The Kitchen Sink Sundae. However, there were some nice people seated near us that allowed us to take their picture while they were enjoying their Kitchen Sink. See how happy they look? Everyone needs to try one of these at least once!
What if you are dying for some ice cream, but you didn’t make an ADR for Beaches & Cream? No worries, they have a walk up counter where you can purchase select items including the Mini Mickey Sink. This is a slightly different take on the legendary Kitchen Sink smaller in both size and cost plus you get to keep the cute dish that it comes in.
Do you love Beaches & Cream Soda Shop? Have you conquered The Kitchen Sink? Please leave a comment!