Disney World Beach Club Beaches and Cream Review

by josh on May 4, 2014

We’ll set out for the Beach Club Resort to pop into Beaches and Cream, the table service restaurant located behind Stormalong Bay.

Beaches began accepting reservations for the first time late in December 2013. Prior to that, waits of 60 to 90 minutes for a table were common with 2+ hour waits not-out-of-the-ordinary. You’re looking at the entire restaurant, which consists of just a few booths and tables.

There is a counter with about eight seats that are available for those without reservations on a first come, first served basis.

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Compared to the signature restaurants that dominate the area, Beaches and Cream is basically free, with prices slightly higher than quick service. Our meal lasted a total of 35 minutes from the time we sat down to the time we paid and were outside the restaurant.

I ordered the not-particularly-photogenic-sorry Pot Roast Sandwich – Open-faced on brioche bread on top of mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy – $12.49. Comfort food at its finest, the sandwich is reliably excellent with a generous slab of roast on top of creamy mashed potatoes and topped with a hearty gravy. I would order another over anything available at the area quick services.

It was National Grilled Cheese Day (seriously) and Lisa ordered the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque – Six-Cheese blend on Brioche Bread – $8.99.

Another terrific value, you can’t even get a fast food hamburger at Disney World for less than nine bucks these days.This was as ooey-gooey-cheesy as you would expect.

A deliciously orange-y Frozen Sunshine – Rainbow Sherbet, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Seltzer blended to perfection topped with Whipped Cream and a Candied Orange Slice -
$5.29.

And a decadent Vanilla Milk Shake with the whipped cream and cherry on the side.

The ice cream concoctions are extremely popular with The Kitchen Sink (this picture sent in by Dawn) – Scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, and Mint Chocolate Chip smothered in every topping we have – $28.99 being most famous. Ordering one will cause the alarm to go off.

Forum member pagirlinnc sent in these two delights – The Milky Way Sundae – Three Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Caramel, and Whipped Cream topped with Dark and White Chocolate Shavings and a Cherry -$8.49 on the left and the No Way Jose – A Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge delight featuring Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry – $8.49 on the right.

To the right of the restaurant is a separate take-out counter with a limited menu:

A nice way to pick up an ice cream treat with a wait of just a few minutes. Outdoor seats are available right outside or nearby at Hurricane Hanna’s.

A new item is this Mini Mickey Sink, graciously sent in by Marianna. It’s a significantly better value than what they’re offering inside Magic Kingdom for the same money at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

Frozen, the evening movie, with standing room only.

Beaches and Cream is a nice casual, inexpensive meal in the Crescent Lake area. We made reservations that morning without difficulty so you could conceivably make a reservation for that day should you be planning a visit to the area. The food was significantly better than the resort quick service, Hurricane Hanna’s outside at the pool, or BoardWalk Bakery across the way.

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Chris May 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

3 posts in one day – AWESOME!

We have been to B & C (as the cool kids call it) several times in the past. Knowing that reservations were now being accepted, we tried to walk up thinking we could sit at the counter on our trip a few weeks ago. I got a VERY snotty “You need a reservation otherwise you won’t be seated until at least 9 pm.” This is at 3pm. Needless to say, I was not happy with the attitude.

We have our reservation for our June trip. Takes the spontaneity out of things but that’s the “new” Disney for ya.

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Fairy8i8 May 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

We were there Friday, asked at the podium if they were taking walk ups. She said she actually had a table available, and we went right in. Also about 3pm, so it may depend on the day as with any restaurant that takes ADRs. Besides the Kitchen Sink, the best part was a family that apparently didn’t know that you needed to sign in at the podium. They were looking around for a table and asked to use the extra one at our table. After a few minutes, the lady rushed out in a huff exclaiming “what kind of establishment is this?” And knocking my table and spilling my drink in the process. I asked the hostess, who happened to be walking in, and she said they had asked if they could help the group, but they had ignored them and just walked past them and into the restaurant. Just makes me glad I read up on Disney before going so I knew the standard procedure there for restaurants. It would be very frustrating going and not knowing you should have a reservation.

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keri May 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

The Beaches & Cream burger is one of my favorites on property – it’s a classic diner type burger patty, but I’m not sure how to describe it! It’s not that fat awful thing you get at basically every other QS restaurant on WDW property. It’s juicy and drippy and just really good (the fries, though, are standard). I’m also a big fan of the chicken sandwich. The focaccia bread is SO thick and huge, though, that I often dissect the thing to eat with fork and knife.

The sundaes are ALL absolutely huge, even if they aren’t the kitchen sink. If you’re a party of 1, they’ll probably sit you at the bar, and then you have a good view as they put those things together (in my experience :D ) – I was kind of surprised at how the Milky Way sundae was basically the size of my head. It was one of the more popular ones last time I was there. And, yes, the Orange Sunshine one is delicious and refreshing! It’s a good one to take back to the poolside, imo.

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Someone May 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

The No-Way Jose is a must-do. And, a must-split. I’m headed there in June just for the Jose. I might have an also delicious burger if I’m feeling up to it, but it’s all about the Jose!

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IndyND May 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Back in 2012, I got a No Way Jose and managed to eat about 2/3 of it. We then walked around the Boardwalk for a while. It about killed me. It tasted great going down and actually not bad coming back up. It was a bit much..

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Samantha May 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

We eat here every single trip. Love this place and it’s a great value. The shakes are amazing and the burgers are awesome.

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Carly May 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Thank you for this review! This restaruant is a must for us every trip!!! I used to get the cheeseburger and fries but the last couple times have ordered the pot roast sandwich and have to agree it’s very yummy. And the No Way Jose is a must as well!!!

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Chris May 5, 2014 at 3:10 am

It seems they don’t accept ADRs For more than 4, and we’re a party of five. Is it full throughout the day? We’d like to try to walk in during the middle of the day.

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James May 5, 2014 at 4:25 am

I hope B&C now taking reservations doesn’t fill up the place more than it used to. The Wife and I use to go mid afternoon ( around 3pm or so) and we would easily get a table with no wait at all.

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wongck May 5, 2014 at 5:20 am

We went at around 3.30 pm back in Dec before they took reservations, following the tips on best time to be there. We had the kitchen sink…. everyone enjoyed it and of course the alarm bells went off… we were unable to finish it.

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AnnieG May 5, 2014 at 5:50 am

Now I’m really bummed we skipped this when we stayed at BC for two nights on our last trip. Looks like it definitely would have been worth a stop.

Think I’ll have to try to make that Frozen Sunshine drink at home!

Thanks for posting 3 posts in a row! Helps those of us who are constantly Jonesing for Disney stuff to read to fill the way-too-long-between-trips gap :-)

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Kristina May 5, 2014 at 6:06 am

Thanks for the review! Looking forward to eating here on our trip in October, I’ve heard a lot of great things!

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TiggerGirl May 5, 2014 at 6:18 am

“It seems they don’t accept ADRs For more than 4, and we’re a party of five. Is it full throughout the day? We’d like to try to walk in during the middle of the day.”

I’m a party of 3 and have an ADR

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Trisha May 5, 2014 at 6:49 am

Thank you for posting a review! We’ve never been there, but will be staying at the Beach Club in January 2015. My husband is running the Dopey Challenge! yay!

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Bernadette May 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

Chris, I was able to get an ADR for a party of five – it just took a whole lotta patience (many attempts over several weeks).

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Psac May 5, 2014 at 7:16 am

The No Way Jose should be called the Yes Way Jose! Definitely good for sharing for two. Highly decadent.

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JoyLynn May 5, 2014 at 8:11 am

We were there in April during Spring Break and were able to make a same day ADR–made at 2pm for 9pm that evening. The Angus Beef cheeseburger was nice and juicy with a thick patty. We loved the No Way Jose but it is a lot for one person to eat! Beware of the take-out line during busy times, it had a 45 minute wait during our time there.

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Magic1106 May 5, 2014 at 8:34 am

I noticed they have a vegan option for a meal. Did you notice a dairy-free ice cream?

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Bernadette May 5, 2014 at 8:56 am

Magic1106, according to glutenfreedairyfreewdw.com B & C has offered Rice Dream and Tofutti ice cream in the past – probably still the case, but you might want to contact them ahead just in case.

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Magic1106 May 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

Bernadette–Thanks! I will book mark that website as well.

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HelenB May 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

I am so glad they are now taking ADRs! We love staying at BC/YC and it was always frustrating wanting to eat at Beaches & Cream and never being able to be seated without a 2-3 hour wait. Now we have 2 ADRs on our upcoming June trip and we are looking forward to being able to enter with a minimal wait! And if my husband has a milkshake craving in between, he can go to the walkup counter… :D

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Helloson May 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

I’m so excited to have a reservation for October! Does anyone know if the no way Jose or the banana split would count as a dessert on the dining plan?

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Samantha May 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Magic1106 – We ate at B&C in February and they definitely had Rice Dream and Tofutti. I have a dairy allergy and had the Rice Dream vanilla ice cream with peanut butter sauce, chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles!! yum yum.

I love reading all these articles. It makes the wait for my next trip seem less far away!! Thanks for the great work!

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meg May 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

We were there in Jan…were also told snottily that we needed a reservation. Went on disney site, got one for 45 minutes later. Walked up again and said “we are back!” Huff, huff. Once we were in, service was good and kitchen sink was great for us!

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Ralph May 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Didn’t know about the change in reservation policy. THANKS SOOOO MUCH! Got us a ressie for our upcoming trip. I had pretty much written it off as a low chance of happening just due to not wanting to either stand in line or eating at an odd hour. Now I can get an 8:20 reservation on a Saturday night and really enjoy the Boardwalk and get a chance to eat at Beaches. You are an awesome dude, Josh!

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Christie May 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

Uh oh… Ralph said the R word.

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Laura May 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I had an All-American Sundae at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor in MK the other night and noticed as I was reading this that it’s exactly the same thing as the No Way Jose. It’s $5.39 at the Plaza, but it looks like you get a more generous serving at Beaches.

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Thebeast May 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

I have been to Beaches and cream dozens of times and never tried the food other the ice cream. You can get burgers almost anywhere but there is no better ice cream shop in the world, and the No Way Jose is the best ice cream concoction I have ever had. I would rather save my appetite so I can finish a whole one rather then order any real food. Always ask for extra peanut butter topping when you order it.

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Lynn May 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I don’t suppose you get to keep the Mickey pants bowl that the mini kitchen sink comes in?

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LisaM May 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Here now, and Beaches and Cream just did a menu change, and the Pot Roast sandwich is no longer on the menu! :(

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Stacey August 28, 2014 at 6:50 am

Does anyone know if your group only wants to do the kitchen sink, do you still need a reservation? Obviously, this place books up quick, and we didn’t get a reservation. I’d love to take our group of 6 just for the sink!
Thanks

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Sheri August 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

So the Kitchen Sink isn’t available unless you have a reservation, ie: not available to-go?

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