Walking into the lobby of the Beach Club Hotel, I always take a deep breath, inhaling the smell that is unique to that resort. I know immediately good things are coming my way! To get to Beaches and Cream, you wind around the resort, past The Cape May Cafe and head out towards the pool. From the outside, the tiny restaurant looks like a nondescript diner, but inside, magic happens!
Check-in for ADR’s (Advance Dining Reservations) is outside at a podium. Typically, there is a short wait as the restaurant is very compact. Tables and chairs are available outside the restaurant, and overlook Stormalong Bay – the incredible pool complex shared by The Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. In the evenings around sunset, it’s a great place to sit and watch the sun go down over the pool and beyond towards The Boardwalk Resort.
After checking in and heading inside I’m always taken aback by the size. While its size may be small, it is charming and has a welcoming feel. On our most recent visit, we were seated at one of the larger round tables inside, our friendly server came over to take our drink orders. If you are a soda drinker, the sodas with syrup are a must. I always start my visit with the Coke with cherry syrup, it’s a nostalgic treat that always brings a smile to my face. Unlike premixed Cherry Coke, at Beaches and Cream you can see that your Coke has the cherry syrup right in it.
When it comes to food, Beaches and Cream has your standard diner fare. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and big salads. I am a hamburger fanatic, and the burgers here never disappoint. The free form shape of the burger patty itself tells you that it’s made in house and isn’t some pre-made frozen burger. The bun is grilled which adds a nice crunch. Burgers come standard with lettuce, tomato, onion and a pickle on the side (note – onion and pickle are not pictured). Squeeze bottles of ketchup and mustard are on the table, and other condiments such as mayonnaise, ranch dressing and relish are brought to your table. This is definitely one of the best places to have a burger at Disney World.
The best part of Beaches and Cream are the desserts. The ice cream sundaes are amazing. My personal favorite is the fudge mudslide. Vanilla ice cream, brownie pieces, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, oreo cookies that look like Mickey ears and a cherry. When we took my daughter on her first trip, this was her first ice cream – ever! My husband prefers the No Way Jose. If you love peanut butter, this sundae is the way you should go! One of the most incredible experiences is The Kitchen Sink.
Each time we go in, someone in the restaurant orders one. Lights go out, and special lights in the ceiling go off much like the red lights on a firetruck. The servers bring out the giant sink filled with ice cream to the lucky diners willing to partake. It is an exciting spectacle and often everyone in the restaurant cheers. We have never gone with enough people to try the Kitchen Sink, but it’s definitely on our Disney Bucket List!
If you aren’t in the mood for a full meal at Beaches and Cream, there is a to-go window. You can order various ice cream concoctions to go. I highly recommend the milk shakes from the to-go menu, and best of all they count as snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan. The chocolate milkshake is amazing!
Beaches and Cream is a fantastic experience for any family vacation! The retro music, food, drinks and desserts make for a memorable meal. If you’re planning a day at Epcot, the Beach Club resort is an easy walk from the International Gateway. Likewise, if you’re at Hollywood Studios, it’s an easy boat ride (or if you haven’t walked enough walk). A drink, entree and dessert (all but the Kitchen Sink) count as one table service meal on the Disney Dining Plan. Whether going for lunch or dinner, a meal at Beaches and Cream will leave you feeling nostalgic and satisfied!