Check Out My Top 15 Ice Cream Spots at Walt Disney World!
Unless you’re new here, you know I’m here for the food! And one of my FAVORITE foods is ICE CREAM! Especially in sweltering hot Florida summers! There are plenty of places to get ice cream at Walt Disney World, but I have compiled a list of the Top 15 Ice Cream Spots in Walt Disney World. These are places you CANNOT miss. Let’s get into it!
15. Aloha Isle – Magic Kingdom, Adventureland
I get it, you’re shocked this is #15. If you’re a first timer at Disney World, I guarantee someone said “you HAVE TO get a Dole Whip.” And yes, they’re delicious. But I don’t consider Aloha Isle as one of the BEST ice cream spots.
For starters, it isn’t even the only place you can get a Dole Whip anymore! (More on that to come). Secondly, and I know this is weird, but not everyone loves pineapple. And there are not a ton of alternatives available at Aloha Isle. Finally, the seating is not great, the lines are always long, and it’s not that in-the-shade, so your delicious frozen treat melts all too quickly! But all that aside, Dole Whip is a must-do for first timers! It is light, delicious, and refreshing!
Currently, you can get pineapple, vanilla, pineapple-vanilla swirl, coconut, coconut-pineapple swirl, raspberry-pineapple swirl, bottled water, and pineapple juice at Aloha Isle. And they do have mobile order. A LIFE SAVER.
14. Storybook Treats – Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland
This ice cream spot in the Magic Kingdom is great for a quick snack, but it’s just a simple quick service window. Serving soft-serve ice cream, fountain drinks, and bottled water, guests can get sundaes, floats, cones, or cups. Flavors include Dole Whip Lime, Chocolate, Vanilla, or Swirl. There are also specialty treats, usually themed after Fantasyland, like Peter Pan Float or Snow White Cone.
13. Pineapple Lanai – The Polynesian
Again, nothing extraordinary, but this is the location OUTSIDE of the parks that is home to the traditional pineapple Dole Whip! Available in Pineapple, Vanilla, or Swirl, and, unlike Aloha Isle, you can add a shot or two of rum! Even though it’s simple and basic, it deserves to be in the Top 15 Ice Cream Spots for that reason alone!
12. Aunty Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland
Located in the heart of Tomorrowland, this place is good for a quick bite. But there is no indoor seating. Maybe not the best for a SUPER hot summer day. Here, you can get Floats, Sundaes, Smoothies, Shakes, Cones, and Cups, as well as assorted fountain drinks and bottled water. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, or swirl.
Maybe this seems silly to include in the Top 15 Ice Cream Spots, but occasionally they have fun Tomorrowland-themed treats, like the 50th Anniversary Carousel of Progress Uncle Orville treats! There IS a great, big, beautiful tomorrow with all that delicious ice cream in a souvenir bathtub!
11. Swirls on the Water – Disney Springs, Marketplace
DOLE WHIP FANS, REJOICE! Alright, fam, this is the BEST Dole Whip location at Walt Disney World. Here, you can dive head first into the Dole Whip Nachos! Dole Whip, Waffle Cone “nachos,” and toppings. Or, for the ULTIMATE Dole Whip experience, try the new Dole Whip Flight: Lemon and blue Cookie Dough, Pineapple and Vanilla, and Habanero Lime DOLE Whips! Or maybe you want the Dole Whip Sangria Float? Trust me, this new place is exactly where you want to go for your Dole Whip fix!
10. Sunshine Tree Terrace – Magic Kingdom, Adventureland
If you know me at all, you know my favorite things are Orange Bird and Sunshine Tree Terrace, so it might surprise you that it’s only number 10! But they got rid of the classic Citrus Swirl (HANDS DOWN the #1 Walt Disney World treat of all time), and, like Aloha Isle, the lines are long and there is not a ton of seating in the shade. It is not uncommon to end up wearing a lot of your ice cream treats here!
Soft-serve flavors here include chocolate, vanilla, chocolate-vanilla swirl, Dole Whip Orange, and Orange-Vanilla swirl. You can get a cone, cup, or float, with your favorite ice cream flavor and your favorite fountain beverage. Fountain Beverages , bottled water, coffee, tea, and hot cocoa are also available.
I would be remiss if I did not introduce you to what is likely the BEST float available inside the theme parks. Give the I Lava You Float a try! It is to DIE for! Themed after the Pixar Short, this float is Orange Dole Whip, strawberry Fanta, Passion Fruit Syrup, and topped with Pop Rocks. It’s absolutely delicious and I cannot get enough of it!
9. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop – Disney Springs, Marketplace
If you’re looking for an old-fashioned soda jerk with endless options, this is the place for you! There is indoor and outdoor seating available, but the lines can be VERY VERY VERY LONG. Here, they’re serving up Hand Scooped Ice Cream Cones, Sundaes, Shakes, Malts and Coffee Specialties, with the World Famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy as the star!
8. Boardwalk Ice Cream – The Boardwalk
Located on the Boardwalk in the former home of Ample Hills, this ice cream shop is serving up cones, cups, sundaes, milkshakes, fountain beverages, and bottled water. Flavors served include vanilla, cookies & cream, rainbow sherbet, chocolate, butter pecan, coffee, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, chocolate-vanilla swirl (no sugar added), and vanilla or chocolate soy milk ice cream (plant based).
7. Gelateria Toscana – Epcot World Showcase, Italy
Bongiorno! This relatively amazing new location is serving up Gelato, Sorbet, Assorted Italian desserts, Peroni, Chianti, Prosecco, Italian Sodas, Espresso, assorted fountain beverages, and coffee.
Gelati, cone or cup – two scoops. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, cookies & cream, stracciatella (an Italian gelato variety with fine, irregular shavings of chocolate), and Amerena cherry (a smaller, darker cherry grown in the Bologna and Modena regions of Italy).
Sorbetti, cone or cup – two scoops. Flavors include Lemon or Strawberry. Also available: Gelati Floats, Italian Margaritas, and Frozen White or Red Sangria!
6. Anandapur Ice Cream Truck – Animal Kingdom, Asia
I cannot emphasize just how much I love this place. And truly, it’s nothing special! It’s literally just an ice cream truck! But one of our new favorite activities is to ride Expedition Everest and then relax with some yummy ice cream!
Serving cones, cups, and floats, choose from chocolate, vanilla, or swirl. You can choose whatever fountain drink you want for your float, or order a fountain drink to wash down your ice cream cone. They also serve beer.
For a unique treat, try the Yeti Sundae! Chocolate soft-serve, topped with vanilla soft-serve, blue cake crumbs, sugar, snowflakes, and a chocolate Yeti!
Here we go! We’re getting into the TOP 5 of my Top 15 Ice Cream Spots in Walt Disney World!!! Has your favorite already been listed or are you still waiting to see if it made my list?!
5. Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – Magic Kingdom, Main St. USA
This classic, located right across from Cinderella Castle, offers one-of-a-kind ice cream sundaes, cones, and cups. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, cookies & cream, swirl (fat free and no sugar added), raspberry sorbet (no sugar added), and plant-based options are available!
The best part about this location is the view. Time your visit right and you could grab front row seats for the fireworks!
4. Hollywood Scoops – Hollywood Studios, Sunset Boulevard
Located right at the base of the Hollywood Tower Hotel (checking in?), this ice cream place is serving up sundaes, cups, and cones. Choose chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, cookies & cream, butter pecan, mint chocolate chip, orange sherbet, or fat free, no sugar added vanilla.
The best thing about Hollywood Scoops, though, isn’t the ice cream. You can actually get Mickey waffles for breakfast here, and wash them down with a nice Mimosa!
3. Beaches and Cream Soda Shop – Beach Club Resort
Located at the Beach Club, just a short walk from the International Gateway at Epcot, this incredibly popular location is an EVENT. Serving lunch and dinner, advanced dining reservations are incredibly hard to get and HIGHLY recommended. If you don’t get a reservation, there is a walk-up window that serves ice cream exclusively, but if you want a meal, you’ll need a reservation!
Known for the World Famous Kitchen Sink, which is an entire ice cream shop in an actual kitchen sink, there are WAY more desserts available that are just as good. Here, you can also enjoy the plant-based cookie fries! strawberry shortcake, and brownie a la mode! Or maybe you want a milkshake, ice cream soda, or alcoholic float! Ice cream flavors include vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, cookies & cream, butter pecan, rainbow sherbet, and coffee. Choose a banana split, fudge mud slide, Snickers sundae, old fashioned sundae – 2 or 3 scoops, cones, or cups.
Or go with the No Way Jose! This peanut butter and hot fudge sundae is chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate chips, whipped cream, and a cherry on top! Disney World’s true hidden gem!
2. Salt & Straw – Disney Springs, West Side
Yes, it is THAT good. Just opening in April, this spot DID jump straight to number 2. Why? It is that delicious! This ever-evolving menu is unbelievably delicious, combining flavors that don’t sound like they match, but WHOA BABY do they match!
Serving up cones, scoops, or pints, flavors include sea salt with caramel ribbons, double fold vanilla, chocolate gooey brownie, panther coffee chocolate tres leches, salted malted chocolate chip cookie dough, cinnamon snickerdoodle, honey lavender, strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper, salty donut guava and cheese, and arbequina olive oil. Vegan flavors available include freckled mint chocolate chip and roasted pineapple coconut sherbet.
1. L’Artisan Des Glaces – Epcot World Showcase, France
The. Best. So good, that I need you all to stop going there. The lines are ridiculous. But seriously, this is THE place to get ice cream at Walt Disney World. I will not apologize for my correctness on this one!
This is home of the Croque Glace – an ice cream sandwich made on homemade brioche, pressed fresh to order. TikTok told you, I’m sure. I know this because the last time I went here, after standing in line for 20 minutes and still miles from the door, a cast member came out and told the line it was sold out because TikTok made it so popular they run out of bread. So GO EARLY!
Or maybe you’re like me, and you’re just here for the Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich BECAUSE IT’S GLUTEN FREE! I know, me too. Or maybe you want an Ice Cream Martini! Yes, you read that right. ICE CREAM MARTINI. They also serve cups, cones, and sundaes! Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, candied peanuts with chocolate peanut fudge, caramelized pecan, cinnamon caramel apple, coconut white chocolate, coffee, caramel fleur de sel, yogurt & blueberry, and mint chocolate ice creams; and mango, strawberry, raspberry, and pina colada sorbets.
So there you have it! Did YOUR favorite ice cream place make the list? If not, where else do I need to go?!?! For more information about Walt Disney World, visit here.