Where to Eat: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

September 1, 2015, 2:34 PM · Planning our visit to Disney’s Beach Club Resort involved one must-have dining reservation: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop. I have read so many rave reviews about the ice cream concoctions that I was in danger of shorting out the keyboard from drool. As soon as I booked our hotel, I booked a dinner at Beaches and Cream. I had heard that this restaurant had limited seating. I just didn’t quite grasp how limited we were talking.

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop

I booked this reservation for our first night at the Beach Club. Upon entering within the place, I was immediately struck with the lack of space. Within this tiny eatery, there are about 10 tables and 11 chairs at the counter for patrons to sit and enjoy their meals. When I say tiny space, I mean that you better enjoy sitting very close to those at other tables and being able to hear every single word of their conversations. We were seated at a table that reminded me of the small patio tables one typically finds out on someone’s deck.

Our dining time was around 5:45pm, which is a popular dinner time. Every table was full. After adjusting as well as we could to our seating, I then began to notice that the place does possess some charm. The décor, castmembers’ clothing, and the jukebox playing oldies reminded me of George Lucas’s movie American Graffiti. This was the place you wanted to go to after dancing at the hop and were in desperate need of a chocolate malt.

Angus Beef Burger

The boys and I ordered the Angus Beef Burgers ($15.99). I exchanged my fries for onion rings. The burgers were well cooked and the onion rings were nice and crispy. Chuck ordered the Beaches Seafood Salad Sandwich ($14.99). It consisted of shrimp and crab salad tossed in an avocado vinaigrette with pickled cucumber and onions. The type of roll that the seafood salad was on took away from the ease of eating. Chuck ended up just using a fork to eat the in inside. He said it was okay, yet it would not be something that he would order again. Now, I know I keep bringing up the space, but our table was squeezed between two other tables. Each time we moved our arms, we bumped into our neighbors chairs. This did not make for a pleasant dining experience. Due to the confinement, we ordered our desserts to go.

Beaches Seafood Salad Sandwich

Chuck and Sam each ordered ice cream on a cone ($4.19). They were very satisfied with this, especially being able to eat it outside. Luke ordered a chocolate milk shake ($5.29) and declared it tasty. Since none of them would work with me and actually order some of the more creative ice cream temptations, I had to try something new and ordered the No Way Jose ($8.49). No one warned me that this would be large enough to feed myself and the rest of my family. The No Way Jose is a peanut butter and hot fudge delight featuring chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate morsels, whipped cream, and a cherry. As soon as I took a bite of this gooey perfection I wished I had not eaten so much at dinner. It is heavenly. This was the wow factor I was looking for.

No Way Jose

Due to the close quarters, I will not be returning here for a sit down meal. The food we had was fine, but not enough to tempt me to make another reservation. Now if we have a craving for the ice cream, I will most likely go to their “to go” counter. The counter is at the front with a separate door. One can stand in line and order from a limited menu. This will be what I do next time we visit the Beach Club Resort. With its close proximity to Stormalong Bay, one can sit outside, enjoy their favorite ice cream treat, and watch people splash down from the water slide.

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September 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM · A few years ago, I arrived in Orlando on the heels of a tropical storm. It was cold and rainy, not at all how I pictured my August vacation starting. After checking into Beach Club, I walked over the Beaches and Cream and ordered the perfect combo for a blustery day- a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato bisque. It was delicious, and really hit the spot! The place was only half-full, but even then it seemed crowded. I can imagine space being an issue during peak times.
September 1, 2015 at 2:54 PM · I love love love the No Way Jose! Great choice. For my family of five we usually order two sundaes (No Way Jose and then one with a Milky Way candy bar in it) and share. I've never actually eaten "food" at Beaches and Cream as we just go in between meals for ice cream. Probably the best option with their limited space.
September 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM · I have never been there either but made a reservation for our upcoming trip in October. There are 8 of us! The thing is, our reservation is at 3:20 so I am thinking that is the perfect time to have ice cream!!!! Thanks for the review.
October 6, 2015 at 6:04 PM · Not all menu items, including the No Way Jose, are available at the "to go" counter. They changed their "to go" menu a few years ago and it is now very limited. And, my recommendation is to get it with all chocolate ice cream. Hands down, the best peanut butter ice cream sundae in the world.

Update: As of October 2015, Beaches and Cream has resumed offering their full menu at the take out window. There were too many complaints about not being able to get the specialty sundaes.

September 1, 2015 at 9:37 PM · A group of friends went off to the Beach Club Resort to split a Kitchen Sink while the rest of us stayed at DHS.

I still regret it to this day.

September 5, 2015 at 12:20 PM · I love the pun - but it is dangerous. Has anyone here been to Sonova Beach? ;)

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