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The Coolest Disneyland Ice Cream for a Hot Day (or Any Day)

by Mommy Frog on June 15, 2022 Los Angeles

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Summary

Is there anything more iconic than a Mickey ice cream bar at Disneyland on a hot day? But Mickey bars are just the beginning! There are so many refreshing Disneyland ice cream treats and other frozen delights to enjoy on a summer day. Oh, who are we trying to kid? We enjoy them any day of the year at Disneyland! From chocolate-dipped ice cream bars to sundaes and Dole Whip to frozen bananas, here is your guide to the top Disneyland ice cream treats you need in your life.

Disneyland Ice Cream

We also like to give a special shout-out to Holiday Time, which means the return of some of our favorite ice cream treats and limited-time flavors that we mention below. Are you gluten-free or dairy-free? You can also be worry-free. We got you with some allergy and plant-based suggestions, as well!

Disneyland Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

Disneyland Ice Cream - Fruit Bar

Here's where to find the best ice cream and frozen treats at Disneyland Park. We even have some money-saving tips on how to save on scooped ice cream!

Disneyland Ice Cream - Frozen BananaIce Cream Carts

Throughout both parks, you can find frozen treats at the ice cream carts. You'll want to wait about 10 minutes before eating any of these hard-frozen treats or else your lips and tongue may stick. We know it's hard to wait, but be patient and give them a chance to thaw a little, especially before handing them to your tadpoles.

The ice cream carts sell six frozen treats (each is about $5, making them some of the cheapest treats in the park):

  • Mickey's Ice Cream Bar (gluten-free)
  • Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich (with cookies and cream ice cream)
  • Nestle Toll House Sandwich
  • Olaf Frozen Lemonade Strawberry bars (gluten-free and dairy-free)
  • Outshine Fruit Bar (gluten-free and dairy-free)
  • Frozen Bananas (gluten-free and dairy-free)

Gibson Girl

Disneyland Ice Cream - Gibson Girl

Right in the middle of Main Street U.S.A., Gibson Girl serves up scoops of ice cream, sundaes and floats. Mobile Order to skip the line. Come holiday time, you can get peppermint ice cream and special sundaes. Keep an eye out for seasonal flavors and special sundaes or cones. Periodically, whenever the Main Street Electrical Parade is in town, Fantasia ice cream (a blend of banana, cherry and pistachio) returns.

Want to save on ice cream? Share! Two scoops only cost a little more than one scoop. If you order in person, you can add a third scoop for just 50 cents more! Gibson Girl also sells Mickey ice cream bars!

Dole Whip

Disneyland Ice Cream - Dole Whip at Tropical Hideaway

This refreshing dairy-free and gluten-free frozen treat is a huge fan favorite. You can get your classic pineapple Dole Whip and Dole Whip floats (in pineapple juice) by Mobile Order at Tiki Juice Bar. But just around the corner at Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland, you can get pineapple and other seasonal flavors swirled along with floats, specialty whips and more.

Golden Horseshoe

You can get house-made sundaes (such as the yummy house-made chocolate-chunk cookie sundae) and ice cream floats here. Be sure to check out any seasonal offerings. But if you want to just get a scoop of plain vanilla ice cream, you can hop in and order just that too. It's not on the menu but more selective eaters will thank you.

Frozen Drinks

Disneyland Ice Cream - Fresca

There are a few frozen slushy drinks that are so refreshing on a hot day:

  • Frozen lemonade
  • Boysen Apple Freeze at Maurice's Treats in Fantasy Faire
  • Frozen Slushes at Candy Palace
  • Floats at Gibson Girl, Golden Horseshoe Tropical Hideaway and Tiki Juice Bar
  • Plant-Based Blue or Green Milk at Milk Stand in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  • Galactic Grill has slushes with seasonal flavors often with a glow cube

Disney California Adventure Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

Disneyland Ice Cream - Disneyland Valentine's Day Ice Cream

There is an even greater variety of ice cream and frozen drinks (including some adult versions) in this park, as well as special made-to-order items!

Clarabelle’s

You can Mobile Order your frozen treats or order in person here. Choose from hand-dipped frozen bananas with milk or dark chocolate and choice of topping or hand-dipped ice cream bars. (They are gluten-free, depending on the topping you choose, but specify you are gluten-free when ordering.) You can get scooped ice cream (the same savings apply here as for Gibson Girl, with double scoops being a much better deal than single scoops). This location also has sundaes and ice cream floats, including hard floats for adults. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials, especially during holiday time and sometimes around Valentine's Day.

Disneyland Ice Cream - Cozy Cone Ice CreamCars Land

Cars Land has a few frozen treats. At Cozy Cone Motel 2 - Ice Cream Cones, you can get soft-serve and floats. Why is this soft-serve ice cream the best ever? We have no idea why (maybe because the cones are served from a giant traffic cone), but this ice cream is SO GOOD and creamy! Get chocolate, vanilla (or swirl) and Route Beer Floats at this Route 66 rest stop. Before the pandemic, there were tasty toppings, including road gravel and our favorite, fruit cereal, but we have not seen those come back yet. (We ask all the time!) During the Festival of Holidays, you must make a pit stop for a green mint soft-serve with sprinkles and a candy star. It looks like a decorated tree and tastes delicious!

Flo's V8 Cafe has shakes topped with road gravel. If you can't decide between chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, get all three in the secret menu Neapolitan shake. At times, we have seen seasonal shakes as well.

Disneyland Ice Cream - Neappolitan Shake

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

Disneyland Ice Cream - GhirardelliStep into this aromatic San Fransisco-based shop and take a whiff. Mmmm .... there are many goodies to be had from chocolate to ice cream sundaes and a banana split to California sundaes. You can create your own Quake Shake blended with three Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares and so much more. The full menu is on the Disneyland app. There's also raspberry sorbet and a Vanilla Coconut non-dairy flavor available.

The cute D23 background in this photo is no longer there. But the sundaes and frozen treats remain.

Adorable Snowman's Frosted Treats

It is not advertised as such but this is the Dole Whip spot of DCA. Enjoy dairy-free and gluten-free "It's Lemon!" or "It's Mango!" (or get them swirled if you can't decide). Chile-Lime Mango comes with Chamoy, chile-lime seasoning and diced mango. Our favorite fun treat is the Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait.

Disneyland Ice Cream - Adorable SnowmanThere are also two adult drinks that are toadally fun. There's a Chile-Lime Mango Margarita, but my personal favorite is the Pixar Pier Frosty Parfait with Blue Curaço.

Frozen Drinks

Speaking of frozen drinks, there are a lot of choices in this park. Some are non-alcoholic and some are just for the adults:

  • Smokejumpers shakes (with seasonal flavors)
  • Schmoozies smoothies (also with fun seasonal treats)
  • Hard floats at Clarabelle's
  • Rita's Baja Blenders Tropicool nonalcoholic flavored frozen slush drinks
  • BingBong's Sweet Stuff Frozen Memory Refreshers (colorful themed slushes, some with toppings or popping pearls)
  • Chillers (frozen Coca-Cola or Fanta flavors) at Paradise Gardens Park

Downtown Disney Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

Disneyland Ice Cream - Black Tap Shake

Black Tap Crazy Shakes

These shakes are crazy as advertised, coming topped with candy, cake and other baked goods. Look for seasonal flavors. This location also has dairy-free ice cream.

Salt & Straw

Stop at no other than Salt & Straw for homemade creative flavors. There are monthly flavors that change all the time. We love the vegan flavors as well, especially the freckled Mint TCHO-colate Chip! If you can't decide, you can split your scoop between two flavors.

Marceline’s Confectionery

Did you know you can get Mickey Bars here without entering a theme park?

The Coolest Disneyland Ice Cream for a Hot Day (or Any Day)-Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland Hotel pool

Disney Hotels Ice Cream and Frozen Treats

Disneyland Ice Cream - Trader Sam's Dole Whip Rum Float

You can get Mickey Bars and Mickey ice cream sandwiches by the hotel pools. But there are a few other spots to get some cool treats. Goofy's Kitchen has a frozen yogurt machine (with toppings) during both breakfast and dinner.

At the Disneyland Hotel, hop by Tangaroa Terrace for Dole Whip and Dole Whip floats. We feel that the portions are more generous at this location than in the parks ... just sayin'. You adults can even get a Dole Whip with rum float! This location also sells Mickey ice cream bars and Mickey ice cream sandwiches. Next door, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar also has adult Dole Whip floats for adults. Yum!

There are a lot of yummy Disneyland ice cream and frozen treat choices. How ever will you choose? Our solution is to share so we can taste more items. One way to budget more ice cream money is to save money on your Disneyland Resort theme park tickets and hotels by purchasing through Undercover Tourist!

Related: Hot Tips for Cool Trips to Disneyland in the Summer

Related: The Best Disneyland Snacks (and Where to Find Them!)

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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