There’s nothing quite as good as eating a cool ice cream cone on a hot Florida day, and that’s why we’re taking a look at all the best ice cream locations across Disney World. Though ice cream is traditionally made out of milk and cream, we’re bending the rules a little to also consider gelatos, sorbets, and custards. In other words, if it’s sweet and frozen, it’s fair game.
Before we get started, we’re giving a shoutout to the honorable mentions: the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck in Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Scoops in Hollywood Studios. If you find yourself craving an icy treat in one of these parks, this is where you should head. With that said, it’s time to take a look at the best places to eat some ice cream at Disney World Resort.
10 Aloha Isle
We’re kicking things off by journeying to the tropical dessert shop in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland notorious for having a line. Aloha Isle is famous for serving up Disney’s most iconic treat: Dole Whip.
Dole Whip is a sweet and tangy pineapple soft-serve that is dairy-free and gluten-free, meaning almost anyone can enjoy it. Aloha Isle alternatively serves up Raspberry Dole Whip, and if you’re feeling fancy you can get the original soft-serve put in a pineapple juice float or served alongside a mini pineapple upside-down cake.
9 Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
This old-fashioned soda shop serves American cuisine as well as an incredible selection of over-the-top ice cream treats. Though you could opt to get a hand-dipped cone or ice cream soda, you should definitely consider the specialty shakes and sundaes.
The biggest sundae served at this location, known as the Kitchen Sink, features a mound of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream topped with every single topping at the store. Yes, you should bring all your friends to eat this, because it serves four.
8 L’Artisan des Glaces
If you’d rather try more artisanal French flavors, you’ll want to head to L’Artisan des Glaces located in Epcot’s World Showcase. Here, you can dine on a wide selection of ice creams and sorbets.
Though the shop features traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla, it also serves up elevated flavors including milk chocolate and orange, cinnamon with caramelized pecan, and coco-white chocolate ice cream. This location also serves macaron ice cream sandwiches, because why not?
7 Ample Hills Creamery
The New York-based ice cream chain known as Ample Hills has graced Disney’s Boardwalk with a colorful location. The handcrafted, old-fashioned ice cream served here is creamy, rich, and filled with sweet and savory mix-ins.
The popular Ooey Gooey Butter Cake features cream cheese and soft cake bits folded into vanilla ice cream. The Munchies features Pretzel-infused ice cream mixed with potato chips, pretzels, crackers, and crushed chocolate candy. No matter what you get, you’ll be happy you stopped by.
6 Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies
We’re heading back to the Magic Kingdom to check out this Tomorrowland treat location. Auntie Gravity's is known for serving up some classic vanilla soft serve as well as a few seasonal treats. Right now, the location is advertising its Pumpkin Spice Soft-serve Sundae. If fall is your thing, you might want to try it, or instead opt for the equally amazing Pumpkin Spice Milkshake.
If you’d rather just have a vanilla swirl, you'll be given the option of topping it with hot fudge or strawberry sauce.
5 Ghirardelli Soda Fountain And Chocolate Shop
If you love Ghirardelli chocolate, you’ll love Ghiradelli ice cream even more. This specialty Disney Springs dessert location serves up crazy San Francisco-themed sundaes, shakes, and floats. The Golden Gate Banana Split, for example, will have you enjoying vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice cream, topped with all kinds of fruit besides banana!
Even if you opt for a simpler cone, you’ll still be obsessed. That’s because Ghirardelli's chocolate ice cream boasts a rich, flavorful quality that is hard to come by.
If you were waiting for the aforementioned gelato to get a spotlight, you don't have to wait any longer. This sweet kiosk, located on Epcot’s World Showcase, serves up a bunch of tasty gelato flavors.
You can upgrade your Italian ice cream by topping it with options like espresso and chocolate coffee beans or mango sauce and raspberries. The location also serves alcoholic beverages including Italian beers, wines, and margaritas. If you’re into pairing your treats with your drinks, this is your new happy place.
3 The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
This little location on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom sure knows how to serve up a sundae. The Apple Blossom Sundae combines ice cream with warm apple pie and caramel, while the All-American Sundae features vanilla and chocolate ice cream with hot fudge and peanut butter drizzle.
The ice cream cookie sandwiches, which put the hand-scooped ice cream flavor of your choice between two fresh chocolate-chip cookies, are also a favorite. Mmmmmm is the word.
2 Sunshine Tree Terrace
Remember the Pineapple Dole Whip we mentioned at the beginning? This Adventureland snack shop serves up additional flavors of the soft-serve that are too good to miss.
The most iconic treat at Sunshine Tree Terrace is the Orange Cream, which blends tangy Orange Dole Whip with vanilla soft serve. This can also be made into a float with soda. If strawberry is more your style, you'll be happy to know that this flavor of Dole Whip was more recently introduced to Sunshine Tree Terrace. Did we mention the new FOMOsa, which combine sparkling apple cider with Orange Dole Whip? Yes. Just yes.
1 Storybook Treats
We’re finishing things off at Storybook Treats in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. This ice cream shop sprinkles a little extra magic on all of their treats, serving up a Peter Pan Float and The Lost Princess Cone in addition to traditional soft-serve.
The Peter Pan Float combines lime soft-serve with sprite and a decorative chocolate feather. Themed after Rapunzel’s golden hair and purple dress, The Lost Princess Cone is instead loaded with lemon soft-serve and edible flowers. The ice cream here is just as pretty as it is delicious.