Beachy Keen

While at the Parks for Princess Half weekend, my friends and I headed over to the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. On a race weekend, few dining options were available, but we snagged a reservation for 2:50PM. Prior to arrival, the ChEAR leaders enjoyed victory beers and a nap at the American Adventure. Having turned most of my dining attention toward the parks, I never thought about checking out the resort hotels as an avenue of pursuit.

Turning back the clock in the Soda Shop

Using the International Gateway to the Epcot Resorts Area, we walked over to the Beach Club. Previously, I ran past this area during the final stretch of the Wine & Dine Half and before that, I was chasing down students at Disney’s Boardwalk while chaperoning a senior trip. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend much time checking out the area, just ran through it, twice. Also, when I stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, I appreciated the view of both Boardwalk and Beach Club from the water taxis, but again, did not make a concerted effort to explore. We arrived early, so we checked out the arcade next door while we waited for our pager to summon us.

Wurlitzer, The original Disk Jockey

We sat at a cozy round table right next to the jukebox. In a digital age, it’s nice to see a little slice of Americana still hanging around. Looking at all the song titles, picking one to play was hard. I saw Etta James’ “At Last”, but that’s a song that demands a slow dance, and I was a dance partner short. Luckily, the dining room was cozy and packed full of people. I blame daydreaming of Dapper Day, a reprieve in the midst of two weeks of heavy flying. Taking a look at the menu, I selected the Beaches Rachael Sandwich, a delicious grilled pastrami on marbled rye bread smothered in sauerkraut, arugula, Swiss cheese, and peppercorn-Russian dressing and a heaping side of fries. Outstanding.

As I was taking a pass on dessert, I opted for a vanilla cola. By and large, I don’t drink soda any more. The only exceptions tend to be in cocktails, live sporting events (when I can’t have beer), or in soda shops. There are simply some places on cannot order coffee, Folks. Yep, you can quote me on that.

A savory surrender with a sweet treat

On my next visit, I would like possibly check out Beaches & Cream for just dessert, and I’m not talking about The Kitchen Sink. Disney, I love you. I truly do. However, when it comes to The Kitchen Sink, Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant, will forever hold the title. It’s nothing personal, just a tradition from my adolescence in south Florida. B&C’s No Way Jose sundae with hot peanut butter and fudge already has me in it’s cross hairs. Maybe, I’ll make a date for summer time.

Hugs & Kisses with The Boss and the Hand of the Mouse

Since we started our midday adventure at Epcot, we made our way back through the park toward the main gate. We stopped by the Chase Visa Photo Spot at Innoventions West for a quick hug and kiss from Mickey and Goofy. Thankfully with the full belly, they didn’t squeeze too tightly. I have no shame about enjoying character greetings, and I’m grateful my friends share my enthusiasm.

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