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Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream

Hosted by Nestlé

“A chillingly great selection of
the finest-quality ice cream,
waffle cones, and sundaes”
Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

On a hot summer day at Yester California Adventure, what would be the perfect treat?

If you answered “a delicious ice cream sundae,” look for the Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream sign at Sunshine Plaza, right around the corner from the park’s Golden Gate Bridge.

(If you answered “an ice-cold beer,” you’ll have to go someplace else.)

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Railroad platform?

The sign reads, “ice cream,” but there’s nothing around here that looks like an ice cream parlor.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

The mighty diesel locomotive of the California Zephyr

There’s only a streamlined passenger train here—the famous California Zephyr.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Not your typical ice cream parlor

A closer look reveals a large opening in the locomotive with a menu sign on one side. You’ve found the entrance to Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Welcome!

The name of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream is a play on the name of the California city of Burbank, which calls itself the Media Capital of the World because it’s the home of Disney, ABC, NBC, Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and dozens of other entertainment and media services companies.

Dr. David Burbank moved his dental practice from Maine to California in 1853. When he bought 9,203 acres of Southern California ranch land ten years later, he could not have known that, some day, there would not only be a city named in his honor, but also an ice cream parlor at a major tourist attraction. (That’s right. The city of Burbank was not named after horticulturist Luther Burbank.)

That’s enough about Burbank. Let’s get back to Bur-r-r Bank.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

The queue

As you approach the counter, take a look at the menu board.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Left side of menu board

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Right side of menu board

Perhaps you’ll want one of the four Bur-r-r Bank Sundaes on the menu. Or choose from five different kinds of cones (regular, waffle, and three kinds of dipped waffle cones) with one or two scoops chosen from nine flavors of ice cream.

Or be creative and design your own ice cream treat. Start with one or two scoops and then go wild with toppings. (Ask for a cup. A cone with several toppings is too messy.)

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

The counter

The tilework in Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream is inspired by Los Angeles Union Station.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Chilly artwork and crunchy cones

While you wait for your ice cream, admire the snowy, railroad-themed artwork on the back wall.

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Outdoor seating

Take your ice cream treat outside and have a seat on the “train platform.”

Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream at Disney's California Adventure

Ice cream at Christmas

On a cool winter day at Yester California Adventure, what would be the perfect treat?

Ice cream from Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream, of course. After all, this is Southern California, where ice cream is appropriate all year.


Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream was part of Disney’s California Adventure when the park opened on February 8, 2001.

Its final day of operation was July 31, 2011, when the parlor and its neighbors closed so that the transformation of this part of Sunshine Plaza into Buena Vista Street could begin.

When Buena Vista Street opens in June 2012, it had a new ice cream parlor, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream.


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Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream big cone sign: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream rail platform sign : 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream front of locomotive engine: 2008 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream opening in side of locomotive engine: 2010 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream outside menu: 2007 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream queue: 2010 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream inside menu, left: 2010 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream inside menu, right: 2010 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream counter: 2010 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream art and cones: 2010 by Werner Weiss.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream outdoor seating: 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Bur-r-r Bank Ice Cream outdoor seating at Christmas: 2008 by Allen Huffman.