One scoop or two? Always go for two, you’ll thank us later. Summer is upon us, and this means we’ll be lining up for our go to summer treat, ice cream. At Walt Disney World, the perennial favorite is the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Serving up favorites like the kitchen sink and adult milkshakes, the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is gearing up for a refurbishment that could change the landscape of the “legend…dairy”, ice cream shop. We’ve got the spoons, you grab the napkins, and let’s dig in to the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop refurbishment!
Timing Is Everything
Walt Disney World has confirmed the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop will be closing on August 5, 2019 for a 5 month refurbishment to improve the overall experience. Disney World is projecting the restaurant would reopen in December, in time for the holiday season. In our experience a standard restaurant refurbishment usually takes about 3 months. When Disney extends the refurbishment period to 5 months or greater it usually means that they are making larger changes to the restaurant design, or layout. We saw this with the Flying Fish dining room refurbishment in 2016.
Passholder Insights: If you’re heading to the Flying Fish for dinner, be aware the restaurant does not have an official lounge or bar. We like to grab a drink next door at Abracadabar.
When Beaches & Cream Soda Shop closes in August it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get your ice cream on. While the restaurant is being refurbished Disney is setting up a temporary location within the Yacht & Beach Club Resort area. The temporary location will be scooping your favorite flavors for cones and cups, however they will not be offering the famed Kitchen Sink or the classic sandwiches and burgers.
Passholder Insights: Another great ice cream location is Ample Hills at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. They offer more unique flavors and it’s only a short walk from the Beach Club Resort
What Could Change?
Disney World has confirmed the goal of the refurbishment is to improve the overall guest experience. What does that mean? It could mean a lot of things, but we’re going to try to read between the lines on this one. The Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is definitely one of the more popular restaurants on Disney Property, while also having one of the smaller dinner rooms.
We’ve also heard from Disney World that the arcade adjacent to the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop will be closed for refurbishment at the same time. It would be safe for us to assume that Disney is planning on opening up the dining area to either use all of the arcade or at least a portion of it to increase the restaurants seating capacity.
What is still unknown is if any of the restaurant’s theming would change. If we had to guess we would say Disney will keep the theme, but could refresh the overall look with some tweaks to paint colors and fabric choices. Additionally, we should see the walk up window return.
Passholder Insights: We’d recommend making an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) for Beaches & Cream Soda Shop if you’re traveling prior to August 5, 2019. If you’re walking up, you’ll have a better chance of getting a table during the “off hours” for eating – like 2 pm for lunch.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is one of the many gems of Walt Disney World. The restaurant could benefit from a larger seating area .The menu is filled with classics like a hamburgers and turkey sandwiches all of which are done well. We should find out more information around the renovations over the summer. For now let’s enjoy our milkshakes. Ahh, drank too fast, brain freeze!