There are more than one-hundred different restaurants and eateries located throughout the Walt Disney World Resort area and nearly half of them are just a short walk from my resort hotel. With so many different possibilities my choice was simple, I chose the closest one: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop.
My family and I tried dining here last year, but we were told that there was nearly a two hour wait, so I was completely surprised when the attendant outside said that she had a table available for me. This was my first time at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop so I had no idea of how small this Disney Dining Plan **location really was. There were only three booths, seven tables and twelve counter seats to accommodate the hundreds of patrons that are served daily.
The decor took you back to a turn of the century soda fountain found along the coast of New England. The pink and white striped walls were completed by a boarder of flying hotdogs, onion rings, and banana splits. The entire ensemble complimented the colorful mosaic tiled flooring found throughout the restaurant.
I was seated at a little table for two along the far wall next to the take out line. My wait person was Maria and she was dressed in a classic soda jerk style that enhanced the “days gone by” experience. After a quick, review of the menu I chose to have a cheeseburger $7.89 and a vanilla coke $2.48 (my total tab came to $11.05 with tax). The service was a little slow and Maria wasn’t the friendliest or most outgoing person I would encounter on this trip, but the food was delicious; everything you would expect from a soda fountain burger. Maria also ensured that my vanilla coke would never run out, I drank three of them before I would leave.
Overall my lunch at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop was delightful. I had a hearty, tasty burger and three perfect vanilla cokes. The only negative thing I could say about this restaurant is that it is built alongside the Lafferty Place Arcade and with the small dining area of the restaurant, it gets a little noisy.
Would I return to Beaches and Cream Soda Shop? *I sure would!* It is the one place I can think of where dreams are available with whip cream and a cherry on top.