East Haven, Connecticut
July 13, 2007
My family and I tried dining here last year but was told that there was nearly a two hour wait, so I was completely surprised when the attendant outside said that she had a table available for me. This was my first time at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop so I had no idea of how small this Disney Dining Plan location really was. There were only three booths, seven tables and twelve counter seats to accommodate the hundreds of patrons that are served daily. The decor took you back to a turn of the century soda fountain found along the coast of New England. The pink and white striped walls were completed by a boarder of flying hotdogs, onion rings, and banana splits. The entire ensemble complimented the colorful mosaic tiled flooring found throughout the restaurant.
I was seated at a little table for two along the far wall next to the take out line. My wait person was Maria and she was dressed in a classic soda jerk style that enhanced the "days gone by" experience. After a quick review of the menu I chose to have a cheeseburger $7.89 and a vanilla coke $2.48 (my total tab came to $11.05 with tax). The service was a little slow and Maria wasn’t the friendliest or most outgoing person I would encounter on this trip, but the food was delicious; everything you would expect from a soda fountain burger. Maria also ensured that my vanilla coke would never run out, I drank three of them before I would leave.
Overall my lunch at Beaches and Cream Soda Shop was delightful. I had a hearty, tasty burger and three perfect vanilla cokes. The only negative thing I could say about this restaurant is that it is built alongside the Lafferty Place Arcade and with the small dining area of the restaurant, it gets a little noisy. Would I return to Beaches and Cream Soda Shop? I sure would! It is the one place I can think of where dreams are available with whip cream and a cherry on top.
From journal A Disney Education: Disney Dining On A Business Trip