Fans of Ample Hills Creamery, the Brooklyn-based ice cream shop that opened an outpost on Disney’s BoardWalk in 2016, have been on quite the roller coaster ride when it comes to tracking the beloved scoop shop’s fate at Walt Disney World. Sadly, we just received confirmation from an Ample Hills Creamery spokesperson that the ice cream shop will not be operating any Disney World locations in the near future.
Ample Hills devotees were thrilled by the announcement last August that a second Disney World location was headed to the West Side of Disney Springs in the winter of 2020. That opening was understandably delayed by the coronavirus-driven closure of Disney World, and was further called into question when it was reported on March 16 that the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Four days later, on March 20, the BoardWalk location closed with the rest of Walt Disney World and has not reopened.
Things looked a little brighter for those hoping they hadn’t tasted their last scoop of Sally Sells Seashells, the Boardwalk-exclusive flavor, when it was announced on July 10 that Schmitt Industries had closed the acquisition of assets of Ample Hills Creamery and would reopen nine locations as well as the Brooklyn factory and rehire some Ample Hills team members, according to a press release.
With the Disney Springs website still saying “Coming Soon” and the BoardWalk location “Temporarily Unavailable” on the Walt Disney World site, we reached out to Ample Hills to find out whether this could mean good news for Disney fans. Sadly, according to an Ample Hills Creamery spokesperson, neither location will open.
“Prior to the acquisition, the Disney agreement with Ample Hills creamery ended (back in January),” the company spokesperson said. “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.”
I guess you could say the other scoop has officially dropped.