Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Give Kids the World Says Goodbye to the Ice Cream Palace

It's the end of an era at Give Kids The World Village.  The Village recently served the last scoops of ice cream from the 20-year-old, famous, Ice Cream Palace. The iconic venue will soon be replaced by Henri’s Starlite Scoops, a new ice cream parlor named for the Village’s founder, Henri Landwirth.

For those who don't know, Give Kids The World is famous for serving “ice cream for breakfast,” with the Ice Cream Palace opening at 7:30 a.m.
Since its founding, Give Kids The World has served approximately a staggering 5 million scoops of ice cream and for the past 20 years, guests have enjoyed sundaes, shakes and banana splits in a building designed just like those delicious desserts. The building even featured large bananas, whipped cream and even a cherry on top. To say farewell to the Ice Cream Palace, wish families, volunteers, and staff gathered together.

When Henri's Starlite Scoops opens, the new location will be themed to a retro space-themed tribute for Give Kids the World founder, Henri Landwirth. Henri began his hospitality management career operating the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach during the 1950’s. The motel was a hotspot for Mercury 7 astronauts during the early days of space exploration. So, this new restaurant will be perfectly in theme.

“Henri’s Starlite Scoops will offer an experience to visiting wish families we simply couldn’t offer at the Ice Cream Palace,” said Give Kids The World spokesperson, Jessica Mueller. “It will feature lower countertops, allowing children of all abilities to see and select their own ice cream, and a more open concept, which will allow volunteers to easily interact with our guests.”

Give Kids The World will begin construction of Henri’s Starlite Scoops on January 30, 2019. During construction, ice cream will still be offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Henri’s Starlite Scoops – Pop Up. Guests looking for this temporary parlor will find it located inside the resort’s Gingerbread House.

“Children with critical illness face countless appointments, treatments, and hospital stays. They’re often told ‘no’ due to the limitations of their illness. But, here at the Village, we make sure it’s a week of ‘yes’. That won’t change while we’re constructing the new parlor,” said Mueller.

It's fantastic that even in this time of transition, kids can still get ice cream for breakfast, because there really is no better way to start the day.