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Beaches & Cream Soda Shop Refurbishment Reopening in December 2019 w/ New Menu

(UPDATED 12/11/19): The super-popular Beaches & Cream Soda Shop located in Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort is has been closed for several months for refurbishment which has been further delayed. Now Disney has announced when the official opening will be.

When is it Opening?

Originally Beaches & Cream Soda Shop was supposed to be closed from early August to sometime in December as part of a renovation of the milkshake and burger joint and the refurbishment didn’t get started until August 26, 2019.

As we suspected, this late start to the refurbishment has had an impact on the reopening date. However, Disney has confirmed that Beaches and Cream will reopen on December 26, 2019.

That’s right, as early as this month you’ll once again be able to walk into Beaches and Cream and order that amazing Kitchen Sink Ice Cream Sundae, milkshakes, burgers, and the rest of the delicious fare you can find here.

New Decor

New Beaches and Cream interior concept art

The main thing you’ll notice about the remodeled Beaches and Cream is the size. It’s going to be significantly larger when it reopens and diners will have much more room.

This is key because Beaches and Cream was always one of the most crowded restaurants in Walt Disney World and reservations booked up almost 180 days ahead of time. Now there will be many more spaces for more guests to be able to enjoy a meal.

The look and theming of the restaurant is a bit different, yet keeping the timeless charm of an old-fashioned soda fountain. You’ll also notice the subtle teal, almond and rose colors on the walls with blue and yellow accents. It looks like the colorful beach balls have survived from before too!

Beautiful blue, amber and pink beaded glass globes hang from the ceiling in the center of the dining room. There are also mirrors and artwork of Mickey and the gang throughout the restaurant.

Guests can sit at a table, booth or even at the counter on bistro-style barstools.

And of course, the tall jukebox is back!

The Food

Loaded Tots at Beaches and Cream

The changes at Beaches and Cream are not only aesthetic, but they are also adding a ton of new menu items guests will have the opportunity to try! Some of the new items include:

  • Salmon Filet Sandwich (with bacon aïoli, lettuce, and tomato on a house-baked multi-grain bun)
  • French Dip Sandwich (topped with crispy fried onions and swiss cheese and served on a toasted French roll)
  • Sock Hop Tots topped with cheese sauce and green onions.
  • Plant-based Loaded Tots with plant-based chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions.
  • Plant-Based Burger featuring a plant-based patty with plant-based mayonnaise and caramelized balsamic onion jam on a house-baked multi-grain bun. 
Beaches and Cream Cookie Fries

There are also some amazing Desserts to choose from including:

  • Specialty Shakes
  • Seasonal Cheesecake
  • Old Fashioned Apple Pie
  • the New Cookie Fries (marshmallow cream, chocolate, caramel, and strawberry dipping sauces and it’s not just delicious, it’s plant-based too!)
The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream

And don’t leave without taking on the challenge of a lifetime in the famous Kitchen Sink ice cream sundae filled with scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream smothered in every topping available! 


Cupcake Milkshake from Beaches and Cream

If you are going to be there in January or beyond, I would recommend starting to make reservations while they are still available.

Reservations can be made starting today, with bookings available from December 26, 2019 onward.

I know it’s disappointing for any guests who are going to be in Walt Disney World in before it opens. However, Disney has promised an “improved experience” once it reopens, and from the looks of it will be much improved.

Seeing that we spend at least one vacation in Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club every year, Beaches & Cream has become like home to us and it’s absolutely one of our favorite dining locations in Walt Disney World.  Any time we stay at the Yacht and Beach Club we must stop here for a burger or at least one of their delicious ice cream sundaes.

You can even read about the time we tried to conquer the famous “Kitchen Sink” sundae (I’ll give you a hint, we didn’t win! 😉

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop Closing Refurbishment Kitchen Sink
The King of Ice Cream Sundaes…

Unfortunately, while Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is being renovated, the walk-up window is still closed, so no Kitchen Sink during this time.  However, Disney has set up a satellite location where guests staying at the Yacht and Beach Club will still be able to get ice cream.

Our only knock on Beaches & Cream is the lack of seating, and we’re excited they are able to expand the restaurant and add a few more tables in there when it reopens.

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop Closing Refurbishment inside

In the meantime, if you are staying at the resort, you can enjoy a delicious meal at the Yachtsman Steakhouse, Cape May Cafe, or the Market at Ale & Compass.  Instead, if you want something fast, head over to Hurricane Hanna’s by the pool and they can get you a burger and fries there.  

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop Closing Refurbishment

The Beaches and Cream Soda Shop refurbishment is finishing and reopening on December 26, 2019.

Check out the Full List of Disney World Refurbishments and Ride Closures to see what else is being worked on.

Stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney for more details as they come out…

Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about Beaches & Cream Soda Shop closing for refurbishment…

  • Does this impact your vacation?
  • Do you like the improvements to the restaurant and menu?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Tuesday 24th of December 2019

We weren't impressed with Beaches & Cream. The service was horrible, for starters. The server took our menu, served us our food, then gave us the bill. Those were the only three times we saw her. And for a restaurant as tiny as B&C is, that's pretty sad.

I got the turkey club sandwich & my granddaughter got the chicken tenders kids' meal (which they no longer offer). Her chicken was cold. My turkey sandwich was tough & chewy. I couldn't eat it. Since it took so long for the server to come back to our table, check in hand, I just paid and we left. We were still hungry when we left. And at Disney prices, that's bad.

We've never gone back


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I believe Disney is going to be an exclusive Vacation Club only within 10 yrs for the mere fact that the prices go up nearly every yr to help offset construction costs for all the new park growth. That is one of many reasons you see so many Vacation Club places in the parks. The money comes out of somebody’s pocket and it’s not the owner of. Disney so that leaves the guests to flip the bill


Monday 16th of December 2019

Just made a reservation for January! Thanks for the update!


Wednesday 11th of December 2019

Update sounds promising. Thanks. Can't wait to go. :)


Friday 8th of November 2019

Thanks for the update. Been going for many years. Was there in the fall and was a little sad it wasn't open. It's a novelty to just get an ice cream there. Look forward to going to see it new. And like most others, I do hope it is bigger with more seating, And a bigger to go counter so the line moves faster. Maybe I have to go in the spring to check it out. ??