Dole Whip is considered a quintessential Disney snack! Many Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort guests don’t feel a trip to the parks is complete without enjoying one (or more!) during their trip.
What started as a corporate sponsorship by the DOLE company has grown into full-fledged food fandom of Dole Whip… so much so that we’re dedicating this page to sharing the history of this classic Disney treat!
What is Dole Whip?
Dole Whip is — in its most well-known form — pineapple soft-serve. While both flavor and serving-styles can vary, when people think of Dole Whip, most conjure up an image of the pineapple treat served up swirled in a cup, or in a float with pineapple juice.
It’s loved not only for its bright tropical flavor, but it’s also appreciated as a snack that almost all guests can enjoy since it’s fat-free, gluten-free, and most fruit-flavored varieties (including the famous pineapple) are vegan. Cool and refreshing (with a lower calorie count than most park snacks), there’s a lot to love about Dole Whip!
Let’s take a look at this treat’s timeline, first in Disneyland and then in Walt Disney World!
Dole Whip in Disneyland
1963: The Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room attraction debuts in Disneyland’s Adventureland
1968: The Tiki Juice Bar opens in Disneyland’s Adventureland
1976: DOLE becomes the corporate sponsor of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room AND the Tiki Juice Bar which started serving pineapple spears and juice, but not Dole Whip… yet.
1986: Dole Whip and the Dole Whip Float arrive at Tiki Juice Bar! (Source: laist.com)
2013: Dole Whip is vegan certified (Note: fruit flavors only; options such as vanilla and coconut are not vegan)
Notable Locations, Additions, and Dole Whip Variations in Disneyland:
November 2016: Dole Whip in a cup, as a Float, and with a splash of rum become available outside of Disneyland park at The Coffee House in Disneyland Hotel
May 1, 2018: Lemon Dole Whip debuts at Adorable Frosted Snowman Treats ahead of the official summer opening of Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure
August 30, 2018: Tiki Juice Bar is added to Mobile Order
December 21, 2018 (official Opening Date after a soft opening on December 20, 2018): The Tropical Hideaway opens in Disneyland’s Adventureland with Loaded Whips, Floats and Swirls available in Pineapple, Orange, and Raspberry as featured on the menu.
Dole Whip’s presence in Disneyland Resort continues to expand!
For instance, Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel reopened in 2019 after a refurbishment and delivered a dedicated Dole Whip Window to the quick service spot.
We look forward to celebrating — and eating! — more Dole Whip around Disneyland!
Dole Whip in Walt Disney World
1984 OR 1986: Per bonappetit.com, Dole Whip was served in Magic Kingdom in 1984 before its 1986 debut in Disneyland, but most cite 1986 as the year Dole Whip made its debut.
Notable Locations, Additions, and Dole Whip Variations in Disney World:
For a long time, there was only one other location outside of Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland to find Dole Whip in Disney World as Captain Cook’s in Disney’s Polynesian Resort offered a (nearly) 24-hour self-serve machine. However…
March 3, 2013: Dole Whip with Spiced Rum debuts at the 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, with “spiked” versions becoming a recurring offering for subsequent Flower and Garden Festivals. (In 2014, the Flower and Garden Festival gave guests a choice between dark and coconut rum.)
2013: Dole Whip is certified vegan (Note: fruit flavors only; options like vanilla and coconut are not vegan)
May 24, 2014: Dole Whips (under the name “Pineapple Soft Serve”) arrive in Animal Kingdom park at Tamu Tamu Refreshments, served regular or topped with dark or coconut rum
August 30, 2014: Pineapple Lanai opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, offering a dedicated counter service location for Dole Whip, replacing the self-serve option which was previously available inside Captain Cook’s
March 12, 2015: Aloha Isle (still Magic Kingdom’s primary Dole Whip spot) switches physical locations with Sunshine Tree Terrace in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland
March 28, 2015: Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace soft opens ahead of its official Grand Opening in April, bringing the Spikey Pineapple cocktail (a “vacation in a glass” made with rum and Dole Whip in a slush form for sipping)
Beginning in 2016, Dole Whip expands to several locations around Walt Disney World (in addition to select counter service locations in Blizzard Beach Water Park) starting with Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs. Additional locations where guests can now find Dole Whip in various forms and fashions include:
- Dole Whip Cocktails like the Captain’s Pineapple are often served at Pool Bars such as Art of Animation Resort’s The Drop Off and All-Star Sports Resort’s Grandstand Spirits
- BoardWalk Joe’s on Disney World’s BoardWalk serves a Dole Whip Smoothie
- Wine Bar George in Disney Springs debuts a Dole Whip Froscato in 2019
- All-Star Movies adds a self-serve Dole Whip machine at World Premiere Food Court
September 6, 2017: Aloha Isle added to Mobile Order
Additional Dole Whip Flavors in Walt Disney World
Several new flavor varieties of Dole Whip have made recent debuts in Walt Disney World!
- Though Pineapple is always considered the classic, options for swirling with Vanilla have long provided an option to “mellow out” the bright citrus from the pineapple.
- Orange Dole Whip was regularly available at the original Aloha Isle until it switched physical locations with Sunshine Tree Terrace. Though Orange disappeared for a time entirely, it reappeared as part of the “Orange Swirl” at Sunshine Tree Terrace in March 2018.
- Lime debuted at Magic Kingdom in July 2018 in the Peter Pan Float at Storybook Treats. (This flavor is often also available at the Polynesian Village Resort’s Pineapple Lanai.)
- Raspberry debuted at Aloha Isle in February 2019 as part of the limited-time Hei Hei Cone. Though the Hei Hei Cone is no longer available, Raspberry has remained as a flavor option.
- Mango is not currently available, but was available for a brief time starting in February 2019 with the Adventure Is Out There Cone at Magic Kingdom’s Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies.
- Lemon debuted with the Lost Princess Cone at Magic Kingdom’s Storybook Treats in February 2019. Though the Lost Princess Cone is no longer available, Lemon Dole Whip is sometimes served at the Polynesian Village Resort’s Pineapple Lanai.
- Strawberry debuted in July 2019 at Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace.
- Coconut debuted as part of the Kakamora Float at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle. Originally released as a limited-time treat for the 2019 holiday season, the Kakamora Float has still been available in recent months.
- Watermelon Dole Whip debuted in Disney Springs (for a limited time) at Marketplace Snacks in January 2021.
We look forward to more Dole Whip goodness at Walt Disney World!