Beaches & Cream Soda Shop – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
If you ask any Walt Disney World fan where to get the perfect hot dog, they will most likely answer with Casey’s Corner, a Main Street USA staple since opening day of the Magic Kingdom in 1971. However, we would have to disagree. Here at Bucation we are all about busting the myths, breaking down stereotypes, and thinking outside the (Disney) box. In honor of #NationalHotDogDay, July 14th, 2016, we had to share our vote for (Walt Disney) World’s best hot dog – For us, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is the hands down wiener.
Follow along on Day 1 of our Fall 2016 Walt Disney World Vlog featuring lunch & our review of Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is located in Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, and this fantastically Americana soda shop has been a part of the Resort, and our Disney lives, since its opening in November of 1990. From the moment you enter, Walt Disney Imagineers instantly transport guests to a charming 1950’s soda shop where an old-fashioned jukebox plays only the classics (Think “Lou’s Cafe” from Back to the Future).
Nestled at the very spot where these two New England-style sister resorts meet, this quaint seaside Soda Shop is conveniently located just steps from the Resort’s main attraction – Stormalong Bay. The colorful interior brings a smile to our faces each time we visit, and the waitstaff always make our day a little more magical!
In our younger years, we spent a lot of time with our respective families at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort, and they have since topped our list for favorite Disney Deluxe Resorts. Although the oversized retro booths complete with porcelain beach balls and ice cream cone-lamps (with their table-side jukebox controls) were our favorite as kids, today a seat at B&C’s marble counter is an absolute must. Afterall, it’s the perfect place to ketchup! This is one of the few places on Walt Disney World property where a guest can grab an old-fashioned Coca-Cola in a glass contour bottle and have a seat at the counter fully immersing themselves in all of the behind-the-scenes action.
Let us be frank, B&C is best known for its ice cream, most notably its world famous “Kitchen Sink Sundae,” but this is the place where we come for a good old-fashioned all-American hot dog, known here simply as a “Beaches Hot Dog.” We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate #NationalHotDogDay & #NationalIceCreamMonth (July 17th, 2016 is #NationalIceCreamDay)!
It may not be much to look at for some but this juicy all-beef hot dog explodes out of a perfectly toasted bun, and it certainly hits the spot! B&C serves their dogs with a house-made pickle and offers optional toppings such as sauerkraut, bacon, cheese, chili, grilled onions, and coleslaw.
Over the years the vibe at B&C has certainly changed, but the original menu, and the overall space has mostly remained the same. The restaurant’s decor and theme have largely remained untouched. Unlike other restaurants that opened with the Yacht & Beach Club in November of 1990 and have since shut, Beaches and Cream Soda Shop is still going strong.
- Restaurants of the Past: Ariel’s, The Beach Club’s upscale seafood restaurant, was the Resort’s deluxe dining option, and it was similar to The Yacht Club’s Yachtsman Steakhouse. Sadly, Ariel’s closed its doors in May of 1997, and it can now be rented for Walt Disney World Wedding events, conventions, banquets, and it has been known to host Tables In Wonderland events in the past.
Long gone are the days where the waitstaff kicked-up their heels and danced an impromptu sock hop for a crowd of dinners, a quick service line was added in order to meet the demand for Resort Mug refills and to-go orders, the table-side jukebox controls have been removed, and walls were built to permanently separate the dining room from the adjacent arcade.
Today Beaches & Cream is part of the Disney Dining Plan as one table service credit and although Advanced Dining Reservations are recommended, they are not required. We have never needed reservations to dine at our favorite soda shop, but we also don’t mind the wait – it’s worth it!
- B&C participates in the Tables in Wonderland discount dining program which offers 20% off your food AND beverages! However, the discount is not offered on take out.
- The Kitchen Sink Sundae, which will cost you just under $30.00, is best fit for large groups to share and is totally worth ordering for the fanfare alone.
- We recommend the nearby respective (or hop from one to the other depending on your wait time!) Crews Cup or Martha’s Vineyard lounges and an ice cold adult beverage for the perfect spots to wait for your table/seat at the counter.
Our pick for (Walt Disney) World’s Best Hot Dog may be a little off the beaten path, but we love to see guests of The World explore more than the four theme parks. Beaches is a must-dine on each and everyone of our visits to the World, and it never disappoints. Perhaps you’ve forgotten about this Disney Dining gem, and we hope you’ll give it a try on your next visit to the World! If hot dogs aren’t your thing, we highly recommend you try one of their fabulous desserts, and if you so dare – the Kitchen Sink Sundae!
Franks a lot for celebrating #NationalHotDogDay with us! Have you had the chance to visit Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, or do you have another pick for (Walt Disney) World’s Best Hot Dog? We’d love to hear from you!
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