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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in California Adventure is one of our favorite places to stop for a sweet treat.  If you have ever been to the location in San Francisco, there is nothing like Ghirardelli Square.  It’s the most charming shopping area in San Francisco, a must visit.

California Adventure brought a piece of San Francisco right in the middle of Disney.  My boys’ favorite thing about the shop is the shiny wrapped Ghirardelli chocolate square you are greeted with at the door.

For a full description of their menu online click HERE.

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You can find the shop right in Pacific Wharf.  Coming from the front of the park, you’ll pass by Bugs Land and Cars Land, keep walking and you’ll see it straight ahead on your left side.

A few helpful TIPS…take a look at the menu located outside before you go into the shop.  It gets a little crazy once you get inside.  As soon as you walk through the door the cashier is there waiting for you to place your order, so if you know what you want to order before hand, you’ll be better off.

They do not take the annual pass holder card for discounts.  We used the annual pass for discounts when we did this review, however Disney’s website claims they do not take the cards.  On 8/27/13 we called Disney to bring this up and they will correct their website.  Thank you Kelli S. for pointing out our mistake.

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Here’s what you’ll see on the walls behind the counter, adorable 3-D like artwork with lights, scenes of San Francisco and moving bread makers.  It really is adorable.

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 There are giant packages of chocolate all over the shop that make great gifts…..or a gift for yourself, lol!

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 More of the great artwork on the walls behind the counter.

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 Caught these waffle cone bowls on the counter.  They smell so good!

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 Love this sunset scene of San Francisco behind the counter.

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 I’ll take this giant bag of caramel filled chocolate squares please.

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Ok, let’s talk ice cream.  This is the Gold Rush Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sundae.  It’s got vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce and peanut butter throughout.  This is kind of my dream come true.  It was amazing and I highly recommend it :)

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My 8 year old ordered The World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae in a Homemade Waffle Bowl.  He was thinking he wasn’t going to share with anyone, ha!  The kid would have eaten the whole bowl if we let him :)  In the background you can faintly see the Root Beer Float.  My 10 year old insisted on that one.  It was good, but that would be my last choice.

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Here’s the classic Chocolate Shake.  We ordered this and shared it between the four of us.  It was gone in about 30 seconds.  Keep in mind this is a very deep almost dark chocolate shake.  Almost too chocolaty for my husband.  It was just right for me.

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On another trip, my husband and I shared this giant Cookies and Cream Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone.  I don’t need to tell you how good it was, I think you can tell by the picture, haha!  Do you see the hidden Mickey Ears on the chocolate cone? A reader pointed that out in Instagram!

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If you are visiting Disney’s California Adventure it’s a no brainer that you absolutely positively have to visit Ghirardelli’s. They give you a free chocolate and everything.  Have fun!

Have you tried something from Ghirardelli that we didn’t?  Tell us about it!

Disclosure:  We are in no way associated or sponsored by Disneyland.  Just a family who enjoys visiting the parks and giving you our honest reviews :)


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  1. 1

    Oh how fun!!! I’d love to go to Disneyland one of these days…we’ve done Disney WORLD a few times, but I think we need to try both, if no other reason than I get to try your restaurant recommendations!!!

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    Lane says:

    I visited the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain in Downtown Disney in Orlando 15 years ago (when I was 15!!) and I STILL dream about it. We’ve gone to Disney many times since, but have never made it back to Ghirardelli! When we go back to Disney in February, we HAVE to go!! I’m seriously drooling over that Gold Rush Sundae!!! Ahhhh!!!

  3. 3
    Marian says:

    Oh my gosh – looks like so much fun!

  4. 4

    I NEED to get my kids out there!

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    Tieghan says:

    That truly is heaven! Wow!

  6. 6

    I’d take that Cookies & Cream waffle cone! :D

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    Wenderly says:

    Would you believe that my girls have never been to Disney??? Eep! I’ve got to do something about that! This trip looks deliciously DIVINE Jenny!!

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    My husband and I were at Disneyland over Christmas this past year and made a stop at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain! We love it! Our favorites are the Classic Hot Fudge Sundae, the Warm Brownie Sundae, and the Cookie Bottom Sundae. Getting the chocolate when you walk in is really a nice touch too!

  9. 9

    OMG. When i lived in SF in my early 20′s, I lived 2 blocks from the original ghirardelli’s. Lets just say that I went there for weekend treats often…

  10. 10

    wow! chocolate heaven!! i wanna goooo!!

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    Amanda says:

    I want to go here!! Dying over that Hot Fudge Sundae in the Homemade Waffle Bowl!! And that dark chocolate shake sounds amazing!! We have to go to the one in Chicago. It’s just up the street from our hotel!! :) See you soon!! :)

  12. 12

    I’ve never been to Disneyland! I want that sundae in the waffle bowl!

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    Melissa says:

    We love waiting for our yummy treats and watching all the things move on the wall based upon what you have ordered! Such a unique thing!

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    Bonnie says:

    I don’t understand the appeal of disney land/ ca adventure, but I definitely get the appeal of ghiradelli chocolate sundaes!

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    marla says:

    Oh Jenny, this looks wonderful! My kids would SWOON!

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    I was so excited when I found this at California Adventures in October! I loved the Gold Mine Ice Cream Parfait!!! :) And I’ll be visiting the real Ghirardelli square in August, I haven’t been for six years! I’m excited!!! :)

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    Such a fun and delicious adventure! Looks like you had a great time!

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    Kristen says:

    I was so happy when DCA opened Ghiradelli. My family and I love popping in there especially for the complimentary chocolate. My favorite sundaes are the warm brownie, warm caramal and Espresso Escape. Next visit to DCA I am totally ordering the Gold Rush.

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    Monica says:

    There’s nothing like a Ghiradelli ice cream/soda fountain shop. I am very looking forward to visiting Ghiradelli Square soon on vacation! In the meantime, I have these pictures to look at!

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    Kelli S says:

    Hi Jenny! I love the Ghirardelli Shop in DCA … it’s amazing! Did you guys try the Colossal Cookie? You can get that warmed up right there in the store … it’s delish!

    Also for future reference, they do take the Annual Passholder discount … I always get it every time I go!

    Great post! I have to try some of those treats the next time I go, but one of my favorites is the Gold Rush Sundae! :)

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      Jenny says:

      Hi Kelli, thank you for finding our mistake. We’ve updated the review and gave you credit for helping us out.:) We actually used the discount during our review. Disney’s website showed you can’t use the annual pass but we called them today and they will fix their site.

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    Kelli S says:

    … unless they changed the policy and don’t take the Annual Passholder discount there anymore, but as of June, I still got it!

  22. 22

    Your Disney adventures are always filled with deliciousness, Jenny!! Love ghirardelli to bits!

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    Nessa says:

    That shop is so fun!

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    Andrea says:

    Coming down to Disneyland in early August. I have already looked at the menu and am ready to walk through the doors and place my order. The Strike it Rich is calling my name!

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    Andrea G. says:

    I tried the Nob Hill Chill last time (with chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla) it’s like a frozen hot chocolate, very good! There is not really a bad thing on the menu and most are big enough to share.

  26. 26

    I just want a giant cookie ice cream right now !! MY DIET IS OVER ! LET’S GET LIFE ! :D
    Thank you for sharing those pics, who make me travel… and salivate !

  27. 27

    Love this shop! Glad you guys had a good time!

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    [...] naturally, when I saw Picky Palate’s post about visiting the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in Disney’s California [...]

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    Jaime says:

    I love the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney FL. I have a hard time choosing between their chocolate shake and a waffle cone with ice cream! Thanks for the review of the one in CA. I will have to get out there someday and try it :)

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