With today being National Ice Cream Day, I thought it would be fun to offer my take on the five best Disney frozen treats from around the world. There are iconic treats (the Mickey Mouse ears ice cream bar), there are unlimited treats (the all-you-can-eat ice cream on board the Disney Cruise), and there are forgotten treats (so sad when they stopped making the grape-lime swirl sherbet at Tokyo Disneyland), but these are the five favorites of mine. What are yours?
Best Non-Dairy Ice Cream – Dole Whip Float: This was a no-brainer. The lines alone show I am not alone in my love of the famous Dole Whip, but if you haven’t tried the Dole Whip Float, I think you’ll be in for a surprise. The addition of the pineapple juice just heightens the flavor of the treat. Be prepared to wait, though as there is almost always a fairly long line.
- If you are in the area, you can get some amazing Dole Whip Floats and Dole Whip and other Dole Whip creations at The Local Place in Torrance!
Best Soft Serve Ice Cream – Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co.: Best soft serve at any Disney location. I still haven’t figured out why. It’s very simple – just vanilla, chocolate, and swirl. You can also get a soft serve float if you’re so inclined. But something about the flavor or the machine or something makes these so good every time it comes out. With the exception of Italian soft serve (which is a category all on its own), this is the best anywhere – not just at the Disney parks.
- Joe’s Italian Ice which is a cast member favorite is located very much near Disneyland and has some spectacular Italian soft serve
Best Ice Cream From A Vendor – Tiramisu Ice Cream Sandwich: This was so good. It was pretty plain – just ice cream in between two sandwich cookies, but the flavor was nice and different from your standard ice cream sandwich. The ratio of ice cream to cookie was perfect and the flavor was different enough to be unique but not so much that it was weird. The only problem? You can only get this sandwich at Tokyo Disneyland
- Curious what other treats they have at Tokyo Disneyland?
Best Creative Ice Cream Treat – Orange Soda Ice Cream Float: This wasn’t just vanilla ice cream and orange soda mixed together. At Palo on the Disney Cruise my wife, Cassie, wanted to try something different and the waiter suggested this little item. It was a fishbowl glass of vanilla ice cream and above it was a cup of orange soda held in a chocolate cup. You pierce the cup and the soda falls down gently over the ice cream. Then you crack the chocolate more and it falls into pieces on top of the ice cream soda. Just cool to play with and fun to eat.
- Learn more about our Palo dining experience on the Disney Cruise
Best Ice Cream With A Bonus – Disney Studio Store Pin Trader Sundae: How can you go wrong? Not only do you get a HUGE hot fudge sundae (I believe you can get hot caramel also) with whipped cream and a cherry, but it comes with little Mickey sprinkles and Ghirardelli Hot Fudge. But what makes this one so special? The bonus limited edition pin that comes with it. People wait around for hours just to get the next set of pins. It’s the only ice cream sundae I know of that people don’t actually eat the sundae because they want the pin so bad.