The Many Ice Cream Treats at Disneylandby Megan Walker, contributing writer
One of my all-time favorite things to do when I visit the park is to indulge in some ice cream. I don't know if it's the "old-timey" feel, the warm weather, or just the overwhelming feeling of happiness that does it to me, but every time I'm in the parks, I really want some delicious ice cream! Luckily, the entire resort is full of many different options for your morning, midday, or evening (I won't judge!) treat, especially at Disneyland Park (note that the list below does not include Disney California Adventure or the Downtown Disney District).
Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
Right off the bat, before you get too far down Main Street, you'll find the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. Nestled in between the Carnation Café and the Candy Palace is an old-time ice cream parlor with a menu full of single scoop ice cream options, or a nice selection of ice cream sundae variations. My favorite time to visit Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor is during the holidays when they have their peppermint ice cream flavor, and the special peppermint bark waffle cone…you just can't beat that combination! The best part of Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor however is it's location; as it's so conveniently located near where the majority of guests watch both the parade and the fireworks show at night, it makes it incredibly easy to grab some ice cream before sitting down for either of these…after all, what would a nightly firework show be without a big scoop of ice cream?
Tiki Juice Bar
Now some of you might not really consider the all-mighty, world-famous Dole Pineapple Whip to be ice cream, but it's definitely in the same realm, and perfect for a hot, SoCal day in the parks. Easily one of the most popular treats in the entire Disneyland Resort, the beloved Dole Pineapple Whip is light, tart, refreshing, and delicious, making the perfect "ice cream" treat any time during the day. Lines here are almost guaranteed to get long as the day goes on, so either grab your whip early or be prepared to be patient.
The Golden Horseshoe
One place I never used to think of to stop for ice cream was The Golden Horseshoe, but it's since become one of my favorite places to visit while I'm at Disneyland. Tucked away in Frontierland, this is a really fun place to sit and relax for a little while, especially while enjoying one of their delicious ice cream sundaes, ice cream floats, or (for an unspecified limited amount of time) ice cream nachos! The ambience inside is still the old, Western-style saloon it's always been and makes for a nice place to kick back and escape the hustle and bustle of the parks for a little bit.
I'm including Carnation Café on here because while you do have to go in and sit down (sometimes only if you have a reservation) to get ice cream here, once upon a time this place was known for their ice cream sundaes and while they don't have all of the options that they used to have, they still have some pretty great ice cream options. Carnation Café also has delicious ice cream floats, milkshakes, and malts. If you're already dining here, you happen to walk by and they are taking walk-ins, or even make a reservation, especially for ice cream, it's a perfect place to sit down and enjoy a sundae with the best view of Main Street.
If you're looking for a different type of "ice cream" dessert, try Clarabelle's, located in Toontown. Clarabelle's menu features the standard Mickey's ice cream bar and sandwich, strawberry fruit bars, and Dannon Soft-Serve Frozen Yogurt. Offered in vanilla, chocolate, or swirl, you can get your froyo in a cup or a cone and finished off with your favorite toppings, like sprinkles or chocolate chips. The froyo is pretty tasty here, and the soft-serve texture makes it more similar to ice cream then the sometimes-grainy texture of other frozen yogurts.
Ice Cream Carts
Ah, the good old ice cream carts. You can find these things scattered throughout the park, so you should never have to go too long, or wander too far to find ice cream if you're in desperate need. Almost every cart will include: a Frozen Lemonade Strawberry Bar, a Mickey ice cream bar, a cookie sandwich, a strawberry fruit bar, a frozen banana, and a Mickey ice cream sandwich (ice cream presented by Nestle). Disney, being the sales geniuses they are, have these carts located just about any place you could ever feel the need for some ice cream: parade routes, fireworks viewing, outside of long attraction lines—you name it, and there's probably an ice cream cart near by, convenient for all-day snacking!
Next time you're in Disneyland Park and you're looking for a sweet, frozen treat, you won't have to look far, there are lots of different options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Among all of these choices, what's your favorite ice cream treat at Disneyland Park?