Indulge me for a moment as we head over to Disneyland and talk Dole Whips. The refreshing, mysteriously creamy frozen pineapple soft serve is one of the treats that I enjoy at some point during every single trip to Disney, regardless of which coast I happen to be visiting.
But there’s just something even more special about it when you can score your Dole Whip fix from the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland.
I mean, there’s no “original” here. Dole’s partnership started with Disney after both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom were opened, and I remember the Dole logo from my earliest trips to Disney World, too.
Still, with the Tiki Juice Bar as a fixture and the fact that it’s actually part of the Enchanted Tiki Room Attraction — the original tie-in for the Disney-Dole partnership — how could you go wrong?
And if you haven’t had the pleasure of a Disneyland Dole Whip, you’re in for another surprise. Let’s take a look!
The Tiki Juice Bar is an open-air, counter service kiosk, located adjacent to the Enchanted Tiki Room in Disneyland’s Adventureland. In fact, it’s part of the the Tiki Room’s pre-show. That’s one of my favorite parts of visiting!
And there are some seriously fun touches here. This tiki helps to hold up the corner of the hut, fittingly. I love the little tiny guy, don’t you?
Look around, and you see lots of ways that the Dole logo and name are worked into the decor. This bamboo-framed print of a Dole pineapple juice-drinking parrot is one of my favorites! Clearly a nod to the attraction inside. I’m thinking they should sell these.
I love the retro vibe of the signs. It really makes you feel like you’re in Hawaii, and you’ve stumbled upon a vintage juice stand! Elvis could totally come out and start singing “Blue Hawaii” any minute.
The set up and offering here are simple. That freshly-cut pineapple beckons, but…come on. Dole Whip!
Speaking of offerings, let’s see what’s on tap here at the Tiki Juice Bar.
It’s a pretty straightforward menu here, really. Pineapple, pineapple, and more pineapple. Who said Disneyland doesn’t have healthy food?
The throwback feel continues with these cute, laminated card menus that offer a little more detail about Dole Whips, in case you’re new here. And you can learn to say Dole Whip in, like, a jazillion languages.
As far as the pineapple spears go…these aren’t your normal, puny little canned variety. Nossir…they’re a full quarter of the juicy fruit, cored, so all of the hard work is done for you. (No pricked fingers — my least favorite part of preparing this snack at home!)
But for me, there is definitely only one way to go when I’m at the Tiki Juice Bar. And that’s straight for the Dole Whip Float. Sigh.
I mean, I love them wherever I can get them. But they’re just so…dressed up at Disneyland!
Because this is where it gets good. In Disneyland, your Dole Whip Float comes with the most awesome garnish — a paper umbrella and a cherry. So hip. So LA.
I still don’t get why the umbrella-cherry situation isn’t part of the Aloha Isle, Walt Disney World playbook! But then, as Heather so observantly pointed out, Magic Kingdom and Captain Cook’s both offer a swirled, pineapple-vanilla iteration that some consider the perfect flavor combo. (I’m a pure, pineapple-on-pineapple kinda girl. But to each his own.)
And this is an important spot to discuss something. Is it a drink? Or a snack? Straw, spoon, or both? Weigh in below in the comments!
Whatever transportation you choose to use to get that tropical deliciousness from the cup to your mouth, you will leave the Tiki Juice Bar a little happier than you were when you arrived.
So, do Dole Whips taste any different in Disneyland than they do in Walt Disney World? In truth…nah. But Disneyland gets wicked big style points for that awesome garnish. And really, isn’t it just fun to enjoy a dessert inspired by paradise a little closer to its actual location?
Just note: the line here is usually as crazy long as it is in WDW. It may not look busy from these pics, but I guarantee that just a few minutes later the line was wrapped around to the entrance to the Jungle Cruise. OK — maybe not that far, but close. Be prepared.
Having a Dole Whip (or really, seriously…go for the Float) in Disneyland is a rite of passage. And one that I will continue to enjoy and recommend as often as I can.
Where’s your favorite spot to enjoy your favorite Dole Whip treat? We’d love to hear you share about it in comments below!