Back in 2006 we visited the Disney Soda Fountain in Hollywood for the first time. We remembered enjoying the Mickey’s Masterpiece sundae and during our April 2010 visit to Disneyland we decided to make the side trip to Hollywood to visit the Soda Fountain once again. Over the years the place has changed. While it does keep its basic attraction, it had also made changes that made the experience almost entirely disappointing.
The Mickey’s Masterpiece is the ultimate Disney sundae served in the brim of a Sorcerer Mickey hat shaped dish. The sundae has eight scoops of ice cream. You can choose to have one of each of their flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peppermint, chocolate chip, cookies and cream, rocky road, and strawberry ice) or choose your own combination of eight scoops. The ice cream is pretty much smothered in whipped cream and then topped with hot fudge, caramel, and marshmallow.
The Mickey’s Masterpiece was as good as we remembered. It is pricey at $29.95, but it is more than enough for at least four people and that can actually make it a better deal than each person getting their own smaller sundae. The three of us probably actually only finished about half of it. Sure, it is kind of a waste, but it is still a fun dish to order once every couple years.
The thing that ruined our experience is that they were having an Alice and Wonderland private tea party in one corner and it was extremely obnoxiously loud. Sure, kids at parties can be like that, but in fact the kids were well behaved and only began obnoxiously screaming when the servers told them to. It may be part of their fun experience, but sorry I see it as entirely unacceptable to encourage kids to scream and be crazy. It is just plain disrespectful, especially when it is done right in the restaurant with the rest of the customers there. It basically says they do not care about the small customers and only the big paying party, which is exactly the opposite feeling than I get from most Disney experiences.
The other disappointing thing is the store. They used to have a much wider selection of movies to buy and exclusive pins and merchandise. The merchandise selection is still decent, but the DVD selection was worse than the Disney section at Best Buy. Most disappointing is that they had only a few different Blu-Ray releases available.
Overall I was disappointed in the experience. I still love the Mickey’s Masterpiece, which is what we went for. I would like to go back in a few years. However, if there is a party going on when we get there next time, we will be turning right around and not eating at the Soda Fountain, as it is not worth dealing with kids screaming because the servers tell them to.