Are you looking for the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy a sun-drenched day with your family at Disney World? Look no further than Beaches & Cream Soda Shop!
This casual beach theme dining experience located between Beach Club and Yacht Club resort (in the Epcot resort area) is sure to have something that everyone will love, making it a must-stop restaurant during your stay.
From their famous Kitchen Sink Sundae (yes, you heard right!), burger selection and wide selection of shakes and floats, Beaches & Cream has everything necessary to create an enjoyable afternoon or evening escape while on vacation. As an added bonus the decor feels like a beachy soda shop, complete with jukebox. In this blog post I'll give you an insider's review of all the offerings available so you can make sure to plan accordingly before your trip!
Beaches and Cream is located in the Epcot Resort nestled between Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts.. You'll find the entrance near the pool at Beach Club Resort.
If you are staying in the Epcot resort area, or are planning on visiting on a day you'll be at Epcot or Hollywood Studios, you will be able to walk to Beaches and Cream.
If you are staying at a Skyliner resort, take the Skyliner to Epcot. You'll be dropped off at International Gateway at Epcot. From there you can walk to Beach Club Resort.
If you plan on taking a bus from your resort, you can take a bus to Hollywood Studios. From there you can walk on the path behind the bus stop (along the water) to Beach Club resort, or you can take the ferry boat from Hollywood Studios over to Beach Club.
If you decide to drive yourself or take a ride share service, know that when you get to the resort the security gate officer may require that you have an advanced reservation before they allow you in. This is up to their discretion.
Beaches and Cream is open for both lunch and dinner. Entrees range from $15 - $20. You'll find burgers and sandwiches as your main course options.
Sides range from $6 - $9 and include chili, tots, and onions rings.
But the star of this restaurant would be their dessert menu. You'll have choices ranging from brownies and cakes to milkshakes and sundaes. These range from $8 - $13 depending on what you order.
If you're feeling extra brave (and super hungry) you can go for the famous Kitchen Sink. This dessert serves 4 and costs $36.
You can find the full menu on Disney's website.
Getting a table will require you to make reservations in advance. You can do this by heading to Disney's website 60 days in advance.
Reservations for Beaches and Cream can be difficult to get during busier seasons. I would suggest being ready at the 60 day mark, and if you are staying at a Disney Resort, booking this reservation towards the end of your trip might be easier (you can read more about that and other tips for had to get reservations here).
If you want to try to walk up to get a table, there is often availability. You can check for walk up availability in person or in the My Disney Experience app.
If there is no luck with restaurant reservations, you also have the option of ordering from the To-Go window. The menu is limited to milkshakes and drinks, but it's perfect if you're spending time at Stormalong Bay pool at Beach Club Resort.
Photo courtesy of Disney
Experience that classic American soda shop feel when you visit Beaches Cream restaurant at Disney World. This eatery is like a trip back in time, with its jukebox and old-fashioned soda counter that has all the usual fan favorites.
The pastel and beachy decor complete the atmosphere, allowing you to relax and find some relief from the hustle and bustle of the Walt Disney World Resort.
Stop by for some ice cream sundaes, floats, banana splits, or any other taste of America's favorite summer treat! Enjoy sound quality of your favorite tunes while indulging in sweet treats: Beaches Cream doesn't just look like a trip down memory lane - it sounds like one too!
Photo courtesy of Disney
Our visit to Beaches and Cream at Disney World was a great experience. We grabbed a walk up reservation spot for lunch one afternoon while we were staying at The Swan Hotel. So we were able to quickly grab the walk up spot in the My Disney Experience app and walk over quickly for lunch.
First on the menu for us, the Angus Beef Burger. It was cooked to perfection, and the cheese and bacon tots that we chose for our side were laden with all sorts of deliciousness - they could have easily been their own meal.
We also ordered the classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, which was truly extraordinary - likely the best grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had! The cheese was gooey and so satisfying. And dipping it in the soup was like perfection. Although I will admit that the day I visited it was a chilly 50 degrees outside. The perfect day for this meal.
To finish off our meal, we went for dessert with a milkshake. Honestly, this was a tough decision with no shortage of options - but in the end we chose the Milkshake topped with a confetti cupcake that had us leaving on such a satisfied note! We were pleased to find out that we could sub the milkshake flavor with whatever we wanted. We chose cookies and cream. I can safely say it was the correct decision.
Truth be told, the only thing that could have been better was the souvenir cup the milkshake came in. It was a plastic mason jar-style mug. It would have been better if the mug was glass. We honestly didn't find the plastic cup worth keeping.
But it was a small complaint for an otherwise amazing meal.
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