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Disney Dining Classic: Dole Whip Float at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle

With multiple trips to Walt Disney World in recent weeks, I had lots of new stuff to check out. But even while trying the new Pork Shank, Croque Monsieur, and new cupcakes in the Magic Kingdom, I knew I had to make room for a classic!

And really…is there a better way to start out a brand new year than with a Dole Whip?

Aloha Isle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

The float version of the treat with pineapple soft serve and pineapple juice honestly has been one of my favorite treats since I started visiting Disney World as a kid!

You’ll find the refreshing treat at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, right across from the entrance to the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. And usually when I visit, there’s a line around the corner! But on this blessed occasion I was shocked to see NOBODY waiting for a treat! Wha?!?!?!

Aloha Isle Counter at Magic Kingdom

What’s even better than a Dole Whip? A Dole Whip with virtually no line! It was on like Donkey Kong.

No Line at Aloha Isle!

The most recent menu is below (it does change from time to time), and guests can now choose from pineapple, vanilla, or orange — but chocolate is missing. You can also swirl together two flavors to tame the pineapple strength if you’d like — orange and pineapple is a good one to try!

Not there for a Dole Whip? There’s also an assortment of chips and Coca Cola products available, as well as coffee and tea. AND you can always try one of Disney’s original “healthier for you” snacks — a fresh pineapple spear!

Menu Board -- Click to Enlarge

But as for Dole Whip fans, there are lots of variations and different ways to enjoy — choose a flavor, or swirl some together in a cup or a float. To make the float, cast members start with fresh, cold pineapple juice.

Step 1 of My Dole Whip Float

It’s kept at a crisp temperature and is always mixed to perfection in this giant juice machine. No watery juice here!

Step 1 of My Float -- Up Close

Next, they swirl the pineapple soft serve right into the juice.

Step 2 -- Adding the Soft Serve

Stick a spoon in it…and it’s done! (I’d still like to petition Disney World for some of the cute umbrella and cherry garnishes that the folks over at Disneyland get, though.)

Breakfast of Champions!

If you aren’t a fan of pineapple, you can actually get a float here with soft serve and soda-pop. The possibilities are endless. ;-) And be sure to hop over to Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort if the Dole Whip craving hits after hours!

Looking for Dole Whips outside of the main gates of Disney Parks? Check out this post (and the comments section of the post) for other places you can get your fix around the country!

As for me, I remain a Dole Whip float purist. :-) What a way to start 2013!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy your Dole Whip? Chime in below!

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17 Comments

  1. heidi says:

    I finally got to try a dole whip float on my last trip in March. I got the pineapple soft serve ice cream with pineapple juice and unfortunately I found it too strong/acidic. However, I want to try it again with vanilla ice cream when I return later this month. I love pineapple so I was really surprised I found it too strong/acidic.

  2. Sandy - winnieatepooh says:

    Mmm…thanks for ringing in the new year right! This is and will forever be my favorite thing to eat at Disney World. When I’m at MK I need to eat at least 2 of them or I feel like I really let myself down! I too would like to start a petition to add the cute umbrella and a cherry to WDW floats; I feel gypped! Although, let’s be real – I’d eat my dole whip even it fell on the ground.

  3. Julie says:

    Favorite way is a dole float with vanilla/pineapple swirl. The vanilla helps cut down on the pineapple overload and gives it that sweetness to balance out the tart. One of my FAVORITE snacks in the Magic Kingdom!

  4. Sara S says:

    Another huge Dole Whip fan! And I agree, vanilla/pineapple is the way to go and I also agree that we’re completely robbed by missing the umbrella and cherry! We sometimes make these at home when we’re feeling “homesick” but it’s not the same.

  5. LizC says:

    I still can’t believe after all my trips I have yet to try this. It just always seems to get forgotten.

    A must in September!

  6. AJ says:

    Heidi — Thanks for sharing your experience! Yep, I think adding the vanilla will make a big difference for ya :-)

    Sandy — For serious on that last part! :-)

    Julie — It’s truly an awesome treat, and not too filling — which is just what I need! ;-)

    Sara S — Do you make them at home with the mix from the Dole Whip company, or do you make your own pineapple sorbet?

    LizC — YES! Must-do :-) Let us know what you think!

  7. Katie says:

    I was recently at the Ala Moana Shopping Center on Oahu and found Dole whips at a kiosk in the food court (now I don’t have to drive all the way around the island to the Dole Plantation for a pineapple float- although I’d rather be eating them of course at Disneyland or Disney World!).

  8. Juanita says:

    I had one yesterday – vanilla/orange swirl. Reminds me of creamsicles, which I loved when I was a kid.

  9. JoAnn says:

    I like my Dole Whip straight up.

  10. Christa says:

    I love a straight up Dole Whip, but the float is the way to go. Can’t wait to have one in 6 months.

  11. Kelly M says:

    Aaah Dole Whip…the cause of a major family bust up one year. 2 of us on a ride in Tomorrowland, the other 2 ditched us and we came back to find they had Dole Whip…and hadnt brought us any….
    You can claim parental emancipation for that right?

  12. Sarah cameron says:

    Me oh my I love Dole Whips!!! I love the float version, pineapple sorbet witb pineapple juice!!! I think it’s just perfect that way. Hubby tried the orange sorbet with juice and we didn’t like it as much. I need to try the vanilla tho. We love them so much we went back three separate times in October!! ;). Laughed out loud at Sandy!! Too funny! I feel that way too.

  13. Lisa says:

    I had a dole whip float on New Years day. It is a not to be missed item on all trips. Not only do use the spoon but a straw as well!

  14. Christie says:

    Ooh, that is my dessert to dream about. I had one the last day at the Magic Kingdom, then went back a few hours later and got another one. I’m not a big ice cream fan, but they were THAT good. I’m a straight-up pineapple/pineapple girl!

  15. angelia says:

    Can you get this with the dining plan, as one of the snacks?? We are going in September.. I’ve never had one of these before but have heard only great things!! Must try!

  16. Crystal says:

    In love pineapple yet have never had one at Disney – I question how I missed this treat. I have had a dole whip with fresh pineapple at the Dole Plantation. When I go in December I thing a vanilla/pineapple swirl float will be on the agenda!

  17. Judy says:

    When my family first stumbled upon this stand it was a little hidden treasure. Well now everyone seems to know about it. No matter how long the lines are we always wait.

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