Stand aside, Dole Whip — it’s ice cream’s turn.
Portland-based Salt & Straw, a popular West Coast ice creamery, will soon open a new location at Disneyland Resort’s Downtown Disney district.
Known for impossibly unique flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper and Sweet Corn & Waffle Cones as well as savory ingredients including blue cheese, whiskey and ginger beer, the family-run scoop shop is bound to be one of the busiest spots on Disney property when it opens later this year.
Lines for the ice creamery stretch far outside the doors of its Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles locations, which are popular among locals and tourists alike. Still, sweet tooths should not be spooked by their specialties; Double Fold Vanilla, Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Salted, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are among the wildly popular flavors.
There is no official word on Disney-specific scoops, but exclusives are practically baked into the recipes, as each of Salt & Straw’s cities boast a different and rotating list of flavors reflecting local ingredients, beloved businesses and seasonality. San Francisco flavors include Sightglass Coffee and Berkeley-bred olive oil while Seattle scoops Beecher’s cheese-infused peppercorn toffee ice cream using dairy from the local cheesemonger.
Like its other shops along the West Coast, the new Disney ice creamery will use Portland-based design firm Osmose for the interiors, bringing a sleek, modern look to Downtown Disney. Locations also tend to host a small collection of artisan treats including caramels, chocolate and coffee, leading Salt & Straw to double as a gourmet grocer on Disney property.
The announcement only emphasizes the large-scale transformation coming to the Anaheim parks’ Downtown Disney district. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will bring sky-high milkshakes and craft burgers to the Happiest Place On Earth later this year, with San Diego-based Ballast Point opening a brewery just outside the parks as well. Disneyland will also build its first new hotel in 20 years, transforming the far end of Downtown Disney with a new layout, as well as not-yet-announced businesses and shops.