The Evolution of the Kona Kone!

Happy Memorial Day! It’s time to talk ICE CREAM!

I’ve got some interesting news for those of you who lurve the Kona Kone at Kona Cafe in Disney’s Polynesian Resort!

Now, if you don’t know what a Kona Kone is, this is what it used to look like…

Past Life of the Kona Kone...when it was actually a cone

A real cone, stuffed with ice cream, topped with sprinkles and a little chocolate Mickey, and surrounded by clouds of fluffy cotton candy.

But apparently that long-standing favorite needed a change — and they’ve made some updates…

NOW, they’ve taken away the cone part of the Kone! Now, it’s a Kona Bowl! (Though still, oddly, called a Kona Kone on the menu.)

Today's Kona "Kone"

Personally? I like this version better. It’s easier to eat — much less messy — and you have the M&Ms inside the bowl already, so you’re not just eating them off the bottom of the plate. Hear hear!

What’s your preferred version of the Kona Kone? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Prof. Brainard says

    The new presentation looks easier to eat and to me is more aesthetically pleasing minus the black metal helix. Though many probably enjoy it, or find it dramatic, I’ve never really liked dealing with ironmongery at the table. Now if we could get marketing people the world over to stop the self-conscious cutesiness of spelling “c” words with a “k” (I always think of Krusty burgers) we would be all set, though this is perhaps too curmudgeonly and pedantic a complaint to get much traction in the modern world.

  2. Meredith says

    I’ve had both the new and old version of the kona kone. When my family and I went this past April, we were very disappointed with the new appearance. It definitely was not as special and over top like the old one, which is surprising because it is Disney we are talking about. Also the new bowl was gross to be honest. It was very soggy and tasted almost like eating cardboard, it wasn’t sweet like the old one! I think they should bring the old cone back!

  3. Alan says

    Although my wife said yum, when I showed her the pic of the Kona Kone, it’s a little too early here in NC for ice cream. But, the link to the Tonga toast recipe has me heading into the kitchen – I hope we have some bananas.

  4. Galloping Gourmand says

    I could never eat this as I’d likely pass into a sugar coma, but man is that one beautiful desert.

  5. Essie says

    I’ve got to get back to the Poly soon, haven’t visited there in ages. I’ve never had a Kona Kone, but I think I like the new version. It looks easier to eat and share and I agree that the metal stand, to me, looks awkward. I just don’t think of a yummy dessert and wrought iron as going ‘together’. I love the little cotton candy clouds; that’s typical Disney!

  6. Anastasia says

    That does look better. The bowl should be less messy (my cone was dripping all over) which will give me more time to eat the cotton candy first.

  7. Crystal says

    Back in 2010 when “we” had the Kona Kone, the cotton candy was on a stick on top of the cone. Much cooler, in my opinion, than having the cotton candy at the bottom.

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