Beaches and Cream Soda Shop refurbishment pushed back

Jun 25, 2019 in "Beaches and Cream"

Posted: Tuesday June 25, 2019 9:05am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort will now be closing for a refurbishment slightly later than originally planned. 

The closure is now planned to begin August 26 2019, with a reopening set for December 2019. During that time, there will be a temporary location at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort offering ice cream, but not the Kitchen Sink. The to-go window at Beaches and Cream will also be closed during the refurbishment. The closure was originally planned for August 6.

And fans of the Kitchen Sink, don't worry. When Beach and Cream reopens at the end of 2019, it will continue to offer the super-sized dessert along with other fan favorites.

To make additional space for Beaches and Cream, the adjacent arcade will be closing.

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CommunicoraDec 31, 2019

I don't have a real opinion of this place, but from the photo it looks like they went in a direction closer to the themed era of the resort with the cement tile on the floor. Not coincidentally a somewhat popular design trend right now.

Aries1975Dec 31, 2019

My own impressions from photos, not directed towards anyone in particular...Two things that made the place unique were the stained glass and the cone shaped scones. I do find it strange that neither of these unique items were repurposed or otherwise included in the new design. If they had kept either, there may be less complaints. Seemingly unchanged: jukebox, menu style, cast costumes, outdoor signs, pink and aqua color scheme, carry-out window Things I like: more seating (I travel with a tribe), chairs look more comfortable, the "sherbet" colors on the chairs, accessible counter seating, etching on the glass at the counter, tilework behind soda fountain, tilework under counter. I will try to examine the tilework better if I visit in August. I think the main problem is either they should have gone all the way with the rainbow sherbet scheme or kept it strictly aqua and pink. The high chairs and the banquettes are pink. The 1/2 walls, menu and costumes are aqua. But they added some sherbet chairs, a sherbet light fixture and the artwork has sherbet tone backgrounds. Additionally, the floor could have been checkered 12"x12" tiles in aqua and white. Or if going full sherbet a pattern tiles with "sherbet" colors and white. Lightning - although pendants were used above the counter before, these are smaller. There is more recessed lighting through the room. Also the one wall was all mirrors in the original design. Adding framed mirrors between the art fills the wall, but does not add anything. Finally, the ceiling. It did not have to have the multiple colors of trim, but 2'x2' drop ceiling tiles reminiscent of both tin and plaster ceilings are commercially available. Overall, I will probably visit, especially if staying at Yacht, Beach or Boardwalk. I was only able to eat inside twice, 1998 and 2015. So, the expansion was definitely needed. Thank you @hpyhnt1000 for the before and after photos

Voice of Disney sanityDec 31, 2019

I am in the restaurant business and 3 years ago opened my 3rd restaurant in my hometown that is blowing the doors off with success this new restaurant is based on some of the restaurants I’ve experienced at WDW including beaches and cream adventureres club and whispering canyon cafe and in my professional opinion this move was dumb. Forget how it’s decorated forget that it’s can see there is no atmosphere in that room. There will be no energy in there.

ThatMouseDec 31, 2019

I agree that Disney is really lacking in ice cream and also good pizza! Two standard snacks Disney has problems with.

TrojanUSCDec 31, 2019

I love that they expanded. They didn't have to turn it into Vegas Buffet chic.

Animaniac93-98Dec 31, 2019

The most damning thing is how Toothsome at Universal clearly tops B&C. Far more dessert and food options, much better capacity without sacrificing theme, unique walk-around characters, retail store etc.

Animaniac93-98Dec 31, 2019

Beaches & Cream was a victim of its success. What was once a quaint ice cream shop for Beach Club guests became a "must do" attraction for everyone staying in the Orlando area who had to buy a Kitchen Sink dessert because they saw it on facebook... Too bad Disney caved and replaced something charming with another boxy, lightly decorated space to move the masses. A second ice cream place elsewhere would have been a better idea.

Disney AnalystDec 31, 2019

exactly. No previous nostalgia for the old version, love the new. Feels more open, clean, welcoming. Less claustrophobic.

waltographyDec 31, 2019

As someone who didn’t have any nostalgia or love for the design of the former, I like it.

Andrew CDec 30, 2019

I for one am amazed you left the star wars land threads. Bravo! Well done!!!

networkproDec 30, 2019

Pointless rhetoric again. You're of the Museum mindset that nothing should change unless it fits your sensibilities of time, space, decor, and scale. Beaches and Cream will either continue to be popular or it won't. You've stated your displeasure at the remodel and expansion, yet when others state a contrary opinion you attempt to drown them out with inaccurate restatements of thier statements that are more pleasing to your stance.

RobWDW1971Dec 30, 2019

Move along, folks! Nothing to see here! Networkpro has declared that all discussion, reviews, criticism, etc. about any project once open is not allowed or effective! Wrap up the website, he has spoken! And to think, we all expected them to tear down the new restaurant and put it back the way it was. Darn! Thanks for clarifying!

networkproDec 30, 2019

Would you like some cheese with your whine ? I believe efficacy is not your strong suit as Guest Services has a greater chance of changing any decision than a pointless diatribe .

RobWDW1971Dec 30, 2019

The lack of self-awareness to post this on a Disney parks discussion board is mind-boggling. Using that "logic", every thread should be closed forever once a project opens because, well, it's done so move along and tell Guest Services your opinions. Wow.