DOLE Whip is considered a quintessential Disney snack! Many 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, cholesterol-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 like 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!
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:
Though DOLE Whip is still primarily associated with its original Disneyland home, the Tiki Juice Bar (where you can even use Mobile Order to get your DOLE Whip fix), these days there are additional locations where you can find DOLE Whip in its pineapple form and other flavors!
Though it became first available outside of Disneyland park in November 2016 (when it had a run at The Coffee House in Disneyland Hotel), these days you can find it at additional spots in BOTH Disneyland Resort theme parks and at a different location in Disneyland Hotel.
For instance, DOLE Whip’s other home in Disneyland park is the Tiki Juice Bar’s Adventureland neighbor, The Tropical Hideaway!
Since its opening in December 2018 the Hideaway has been serving up Loaded Whips along with Floats and Swirls available in Pineapple, Orange, Mango, and Raspberry regularly featured on the menu, along with fun variations on occasion.
Lemon DOLE Whip made its debut in May 2018 when Adorable Frosted Snowman Treats opened at Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure! (You can find Mango these days here, too!)
And when Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at Disneyland Hotel reopened in 2019 after a refurbishment it delivered a dedicated DOLE Whip Window to the quick service spot, where you can get a Pineapple DOLE Whip for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
(Or perhaps have it served with a splash of coconut or dark rum later in the day!)
DOLE Whip’s presence in Disneyland Resort continues to expand! We look forward to celebrating — and eating! — more DOLE Whip around Disneyland!
DOLE Whip in Walt Disney World
Check out the FULL LIST of DOLE Whips You Can Get in Disney World Right Now!
1983: Aloha Isle presented by DOLE opened in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland (previously the location was the Veranda Juice Bar) Source: disneyparksblog.com
1984: DOLE Whip (originally DOLE Pineapple Whip) was served in Magic Kingdom in 1984 before its 1986 debut in Disneyland. Source: disneyparksblog.com
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 when Captain Cook’s in Disney’s Polynesian Resort offered a (nearly) 24-hour self-serve machine. However…
DOLE Whip with Spiced Rum made a HUGE splash at the 2013 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, with “spiked” versions becoming a recurring offering for subsequent Flower and Garden Festivals. During more recent Flower and Garden Festival’s (where is typically the Pineapple Promenade Outdoor Kitchen), DOLE Whip has been served up with everything from Fanta to Coconut Rum to Mango Cream Liqueur and more.
In fact, you may even find that a special DOLE Whip flavor is available as a prize for completing the Flower and Garden Festival’s Garden Graze food crawl!
In May 2014, DOLE Whip (under the name “Pineapple Soft Serve”) arrived in Animal Kingdom at Tamu Tamu Refreshments, serving regular DOLE Whip and options for topping with dark or coconut rum… and you’ll still find it there today, along with some new variations!
In August 2014: Pineapple Lanai opened 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). Among the rotating flavors are Pineapple, Orange, Lemon, and Lime.
In March 2015: Aloha Isle (which remains Magic Kingdom’s primary — but not only! — DOLE Whip spot) switched physical locations with Sunshine Tree Terrace in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.
Also in March 2015, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace soft opened ahead of its official Grand Opening in April at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, bringing the Spikey Pineapple cocktail along with it! This “vacation in a glass” is made with rum and DOLE Whip in a slush form for sipping!
While you can still enjoy those treats above today, starting in 2016, DOLE Whip seriously began to expand to several locations around Walt Disney World, starting with Marketplace Snacks* in Disney Springs.
* Though in n 2022, Marketplace Snacks stopped serving DOLE Whip, because… DOLE Whip (including those DOLE Whip NACHOS you see above) found a NEW home at the all-things-DOLE-Whip stop: Swirls on the Water!
Swirls on the Water is a dedicated DOLE Whip stop in Disney Springs featuring rotating flavors, options for DOLE Whip Swirling and the famous DOLE Whip Nachos, a DOLE Whip Flight (!!!), and DOLE Whip Sangria!
Check out the FULL LIST of DOLE Whips You Can Get in Disney World Right Now!
Additional DOLE Whip Flavors and Variations in Walt Disney World
These days in Disney World, NEW forms and flavor varieties of DOLE Whip are popping up nearly all the time!
Let’s talk FLAVORS! Because Disney often celebrates big occasions — like Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary — holidays, and even beloved Disney films and characters with specialty treats (and we’re ALL for it!) unique DOLE Whip creations often change with the seasons. So, though you may not always find these exact treats and flavors, let’s run down the list of ALL the DOLE Whip flavors we’ve seen (and tasted) to give you an idea of what you might find!
- Though Pineapple is always considered the classic, options for swirling with Vanilla DOLE Whip have long provided an option to “mellow out” the bright citrus from the pineapple.
- Orange DOLE Whip can be enjoyed as part of the “Orange Swirl” at Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace.
- Lime DOLE Whip has been featured in the Peter Pan Float at Storybook Treats and is often also available at the Polynesian Village Resort’s Pineapple Lanai. In fact, the Polynesian’s Barefoot Pool Bar in a DOLE Whip Lime Margarita!
- Raspberry DOLE Whip originally debuted at Aloha Isle as part of the limited-time Hei Hei Cone and remained as a flavor option ever since.
- Mango and Watermelon DOLE Whip make appearances on occasion.
- Lemon DOLE Whip is often among the rotating flavors served at the Polynesian Village Resort’s Pineapple Lanai, and is also featured in specialty treats.
- Strawberry debuted in July 2019 at Magic Kingdom’s Sunshine Tree Terrace, and can currently still be found there.
- Coconut DOLE Whip debuted as part of the Kakamora Float at Magic Kingdom’s Aloha Isle… and DOLE Whips Floats have never been the same since!
- 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 serves up a DOLE Whip Froscato!
Wanna know how — and where — to mix and match some of the fun flavors above? Click HERE!
We look forward to more DOLE Whip goodness at Walt Disney World!
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