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Clarabelle’s:  Located in Buena Vista Street

Disney dining has definitely improved from when I grew up in Arizona and was traveling to disneyland.  Recently, we moved back to Arizona after enjoying 5 wonderful years in southern California.  Reviewing all the food options in Disneyland has allowed us to find gems.  It also has allowed us to look at disney food in a different light.  It’s not all “theme park grade food”.

Clarabelle’s is part of the remodeled Buena Vista Street area of Disney California Adventure.  Buena Vista is modeled after Los Angeles in the 1920s about the time Walt Disney arrived there.  Buena Vista Street opened June 2012 replacing the Sunshine Plaza.  This change gave us ice cream from Dreyer’s; labeled as Clarabelle’s and provides creative ice cream treats.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

They specialize in ice cream bars and sundaes–and with so many options, “which to choose?” is the question.  Also, the trolly sundae cups shown above are no longer offered.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

Dreyer’s options and flavors at Clarabelle’s are similar to Disneyland at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street.  However, don’t expect “cookie cutter” ice cream shops because they do have differences.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

The classic double scoop cookies and cream in a chocolate dipped waffle cone.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

I’m sorry but I’m a coffee hater.  Jenny on the other hand–although we’re not coffee drinkers–loves the smell and loves coffee type ice cream.  This is the Mocha Almond Fudge that unfortunately Jenny was not a fan of.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

Chocolate Chip Cookie and Hot Fudge Sundae – a decent choice but not the best.  But, who can resist hot fudge?

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

Their custom hand dipped bars are fun but I needed help on which options to choose from (more on that later).  Mason chose this bar – Vanilla Bean, Milk Chocolate shell with Sprinkles & Chocolate Chips.  I’ll leave this option for the kids.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

Now here it is!!!  Mixed Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate shell with Raspberry Bursts.   This diamond in the rough changed my outlook on Clarabelle’s–at first, thinking this is just another normal ice cream joint.  Big thanks to Christy from Ventura who spotted us reviewing Clarabelle’s, stopped to say hi as she is a fan of Picky Palate.  Her son had–this half in his mouth–and when Christy said the blue little rocks were POP ROCKS!! we couldn’t resist.  Without question, every time I come to Disney I will be ordering 2–one to eat immediately, and one for my pocket….it’ll hold much better than tots!

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining

You may think this combination is quite odd but open your mind, order it and you’ll be glad you did.

Clarabelles Review Disney Dining


WHAT WORKED:  Creative hand dipped bars,   Ice Cream

WHAT DIDN’T WORK:   crickets,  crickets – just can’t think of anything

We give Clarabelle’s 4 STARS.

Be sure to check out our Disney home page HERE for other Disneyland California and California Adventure food ideas.


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2 Responses
  1. Michelle

    Ooh, those look yummy! I’ve never tried any of the bars there as I love Ghiradelli so much. Next time I’m there I’ll try to check it out.

  2. Kristen

    YUM! We really love Clarabelle’s (although sometimes it is hard to pick between there and Ghirardelli). I like the Mickey Confetti bar with chocolate ice cream dipped in dark chocolate. My husband and son go for the bar topped with chocolate chips. Both are winners!

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