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?
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?!?!?!
What’s even better than a Dole Whip? A Dole Whip with virtually no line! It was on like Donkey Kong.
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!
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.
It’s kept at a crisp temperature and is always mixed to perfection in this giant juice machine. No watery juice here!
Next, they swirl the pineapple soft serve right into the juice.
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.)
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!
UPDATE: Dole Whip is no longer being served at Captain Cook’s, is no longer self-serve, and is no longer available 24 hours a day. You’ll now find Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai in Disney’s Polynesian Village in addition to Aloha Isle at the Magic Kingdom. You can also find Dole Whip available intermittently at Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu Refreshments, and at Epcot during some special events. On the upside, you can also get a Dole Whip Float at Pineapple Lanai!
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!