One of the best destinations for ice cream in Walt Disney World may have closed its doors for the final time. Ample Hills Creamery, the home of amazing ice cream at Disney’s BoardWalk, will not be reopening according to a report from Attractions Magazine.
A spokesperson from Ample Hills Creamery stated that in addition to the BoardWalk location remaining closed, the new location that was announced to be opening in Disney Springs is also no longer happening.
Comments from Ample Hills Creamery, via Attractions Magazine:
“Prior to the acquisition, the Disney agreement with Ample Hills creamery ended (back in January). As a result, Ample Hills will close at Disney’s BoardWalk and the proposed Ample Hills location at Disney Springs will not open later this year.”
The acquisition that’s mentioned refers to Schmitt Industries purchasing Ample Hills Creamery for $1 million shortly after the ice cream company declared bankruptcy. Schmitt Industries, which mostly deals in products and technology for vehicles and manufacturing, appears to be content to focus on its New York locations for the foreseeable future.
This is extremely disappointing news for the ice cream scene at Walt Disney World. Ample Hills Creamery had unique and creative flavors that stood out among the other frozen options at Disney. From Sally Sells Seashells (orange marshmallow ice cream with salty chocolate seashells) to The Munchies (pretzel-infused ice cream with a mix of crackers, potato chips, pretzels and crushed chocolate candy), the delicious flavors made Ample Hills Creamery a popular stop.
We personally loved the ice cream “flight” that allowed you to enjoy six smallish scoops of ice cream for about $10. What better way to try a bunch of flavors all at the same time? We enjoyed it so much that Ample Hills Creamery replaced Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop at Disney Springs as our must-do unhealthy dessert.
Based on the lines usually seen at the BoardWalk location, there’s going to be a lot of disappointed Disney guests. Unfortunately, the current financial climate has made it very difficult for Disney’s third-party vendors to continue operating successfully. Here’s hoping another fun food destination opens up at the BoardWalk in the near future.