A Detailed Review of Disney’s Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is a small little resort restaurant found at Disney’s Beach Club. Tucked away behind Stormalong Bay, Beaches and Cream has a sit down restaurant and a to go counter. Serving burgers, fries, malts and milkshakes, Beaches and Cream is reminiscent of a time when saddle shoes were the footwear of choice and Perry Comeau was on the radio. With tiles covering the floors, jukeboxes at each booth and a counter with padded bar stools, the design of this restaurant is spot on. You can reserve a table here, or try to grab one of the counter stools on a first come, first serve basis. The to go counter serves ice creams by the cone, which you can take with you as you walk along the property or sit at one of their cone tables.
The menu at Beaches and Cream is very limited but is delicious. Anything you order from this menu will not disappoint. On our trip last August, we dined here while on the Deluxe Dining Plan. This meant we got to have an appetizer, entree, drink and dessert. For my appetizer I ordered onion rings, Jeff opted for the watermelon. For my entree I had the Reuben Sandwich with the Tomato Bisque, and Jeff had the Patty Melt with Fries. The drink menu is incredibly impressive.
You’ve got all kinds of milkshakes and malts to choose from, you can even choose a few that are alcoholic. We stirred clear of these choices, I did because I was pregnant, and Jeff did because we wanted to save room for dessert. This friends is Beaches and Cream’s calling card, their ice cream menu. Jeff chose the Banana Split and I went for the No Way Jose.
The Banana Split has vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice cream. Hugged by Bananas, covered in caramel and chocolate syrup, nuts and whipped cream. The No Way Jose is everything a peanut butter fan loves. Chocolate and Vanillas ice cream covered with whipped cream, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, all on a bed of peanut butter and chocolate fudge. Neither of us could finish them, there was so much ice cream and whipped cream. But each bite was delicious.
The Kitchen Sink is found here. Suggested to be shared by four people, the Kitchen Sink includes every single ingredient found on the ice cream menu and is served in a kitchen sink. It’s an impressive creation. When we dined here we saw it ordered by three separate tables.
If you’re dining on the dining plan, then this restaurant is not going to help you get close to your investment. But if you’re paying out of pocket then this is an excellent choice. The meals are filling, tasty and inexpensive. As a child, I loved dining here. I can remember getting my grilled cheese sandwich, in its red plastic basket. It was always one of my favourite meals of our trips. The ice cream comes in those silver dishes, that keeps the ice cream cool. Picking a song from the jukebox created space for a conversation about eras long ago.
Finding this restaurant can be tricky, especially if you’ve never been in this area before. If you’re staying at any of the Crescent Lake resorts it’s a simple walk around the lake to the Beach Club. If you’re staying anywhere else, you can walk or take the boat from Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Head to Stormalong Bay, the Beach Club and Yacht Club pool, and make your way to the resorts building. There is an outdoor promenade that connects the two buildings and this is where you’ll find Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.
Due to the restaurants size, there are very few reservations to be had. Making getting a reservation here nearly impossible. So be sure to be ready when your 180 days opens up or use the tips found in this previous post to grab a last minute reservation.
If you are a Disney traveller, then I would strongly recommend adding this to your list of restaurants to someday visit. If it’s your first time visiting or even second time, then I wouldn’t bother. It takes a lot of effort to get here, unless you’re staying on Crescent Lake. And you can’t even pool hop at the resort’s pool, making the trip to the area a lot of work for very little reward.
Beaches and Cream typically serves lunch and dinner but right now is closed for refurbishment.
Dining Plan: 1 Meal Credit
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