February 2001 – September 2010
- Service Type – quick service
- Seating – nearby benches
- Entertainment – none
Catch A Flav wasn’t your typical ice cream stand. The stand only sold one flavor: vanilla – with your choice of a swirl of flavor. Choices included bubblegum, butter pecan, chocolate, cotton candy, grape, lemon, orange, and strawberry. Each individual flavor provided a tasty twist to a cone, complete with bright and dramatic colors swirled into each serving.
Though the color/flavor swirls were a popular twist on ice cream, Disney scrapped the idea to make way for generic soft-serve cones in 2010 (no one is really sure why). Paradise Pier went through the major expansion and renovation of California Adventure around this time, but the rebranding didn’t necessarily demand the loss of swirls. Whatever the reason was for the change, the generic menu made it easy for Disney to rebrand the stand, which reopened as “Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company” by the end of 2010.
Catch A Flave took its name from the 1963 Beach Boys song Catch A Wave.
The ice cream cone marquee survives today, though with a vanilla swirl the swirl rather than a colorfully striped one.
Catch A Flave’s exterior gave off a 1970s vibe. During the transformation, Disney softened the pastel colors and curvy font to better match the boardwalk’s new look.