If you’ve spent any time at all researching the Walt Disney World Resort, you’ve probably come across the name “Dole Whip.” If you’ve never been to Disney, or at least never ventured to seek out this snack, you may be wondering what exactly Dole Whip is and why it’s so popular. Meanwhile, those who have tried Dole Whip and are already diehard fans might be looking to learn everything they can about this favorite snack of theirs.
Either way, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will dive into the world of Dole Whip and tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this classic Disney World snack and more.
Let’s dive in!
What Exactly is Dole Whip?
Dole Whip is a classic Disney snack with a (totally justified) cult-like following. Essentially, it’s a frozen pineapple soft-serve, but it’s really so much more than that. The frozen treat is rich and creamy, with just the right amount of tartness to cut the sweetness. Dole Whip pineapple can be ordered on its own, as a Dole Whip float on pineapple juice, or swirled with vanilla ice cream. It’s a must-try if you’re in a Disney park and have never had it, and many people find themselves snagging one (or a few) every trip.
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A Brief History of Dole Whip
You might think that Pineapple Dole Whip has always been found in the Disney Parks, but this actually isn’t the case. When the Enchanted Tiki Room first opened in Disneyland, the show’s sponsor wasn’t even Dole, it was United.
It wasn’t until 1976 that United dropped their sponsorship and Dole took over, but even then, the Dole soft serve hadn’t made it to the park yet. Instead, the Tiki Juice Bar served up Dole pineapple juice and fresh pineapple spears.
That’s right, although it is rumored that Dole Whip was first created in the 1950s, Disney Parks didn’t see a bite of the stuff until the 1980s!
The story seems to be that Dole Whip first appeared at Aloha Isle in Disney World in 1984. It then took two years for the snack to make its way to Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar in 1986.
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Dole Whip is Pretty Exclusive
There are only a handful of places in the world that serve true Dole Whip (though there are some places where you can snag a copycat pineapple soft serve, for sure). Obviously, Disney World and Disneyland are two of these places, but it can also be found at The Dole Plantation in Hawaii, as well as Likit Dole Whip in St. Augustine, Florida, among other places.
…But It is Served in More than One Disney Location
Okay, so it’s kinda hard to track down Dole Whip when you’re not on Disney property. That said, if you are on Disney property, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding it at all. While the treat was once only found at Aloha Isle in Walt Disney World and the Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland, you can now find it in a number of locations across the Disney Parks.
- Tiki Juice Bar in Disneyland
- Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland
- Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill at Disneyland Hotel
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats in California Adventure
- Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom
- Sunshine Tree Terrace in Magic Kingdom
- Storybook Treats in Magic Kingdom
- Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom
- Trilo-Bites in Animal Kingdom
- Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs
- Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort
- Trader Sam’s at the Polynesian Resort
- Barefoot Pool Bar at the Polynesian Resort
- Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas at the Boardwalk Resort
- The Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar at the All-Star Movies Resort
- Everything Pop Food Court at the Pop Century Resort
- Typhoon Tilts in Typhoon Lagoon
- Warming Hut in Blizzard Beach Water Park
- Wine Bar George in Disney Springs
- Occasionally at the Food and Wine Festival in Epcot
- Little ‘Opihi’s at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
- Ulu Cafe at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
There are Several Dole Whip Flavors
Yep, there are a surprising number of Dole Whip stops on Disney property these days. You might think there’s no need to visit them all. After all, you only need so much pineapple in your life.
What you may not realize is that the various locations actually offer a number of different Dole Whip flavors! This means that even if you don’t care for pineapple or just want to try something new, you can still grab a Dole Whip. Great news, right?
Some of the flavor options you’ll find scattered around the parks and resorts include:
- Dole Whip Orange
- Dole Whip Lime
- Dole Whip Lemon
- Dole Whip Mango
- Dole Whip Strawberry
- Dole Whip Raspberry
- Dole Whip Watermelon
Most of these can be swirled with vanilla soft serve. There are also a number of Dole Whip drinks, loaded Dole Whips, and character-inspired Dole Whip treats available.
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Dole Whip is Low-Calorie, Vegan, and Gluten-Free
Okay, yes, Dole Whip sounds absolutely delicious. It only stands to reason that a person on a special diet wouldn’t be able to enjoy such a decadent treat, right?
Surprisingly enough, Dole Whip is actually 100% gluten-free. It is also a vegan food, meaning those with dairy allergies and those eating a vegetarian or vegan diet can enjoy a cup of the stuff. On top of all that, Dole Whip is also incredibly low in calories, with a single half-cup serving coming in at only 90 calories total. How amazing is that?
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You Can Make Your Own Dole Whip Treats
Let’s say we’ve talked you into trying Dole Whip. You decide to grab a serving the next time you’re at Disney World or Disneyland, and you fall in love. Then what? It isn’t like you can just run down to the local ice cream shop and grab some Dole Whip. So how are you going to curb your cravings until you can take another Disney vacation?
Fortunately, there is something you can do about this problem. The solution is simply to make some Dole Whip popsicles for yourself. Believe it or not, this is not only possible, but also fairly easy, meaning that making a batch of Dole Whip treats at home could even be something you do on a regular basis-something you’re sure to appreciate when a craving does strike.
Another option is to use this Disney recipe to make Dole pineapple whip at home. For this, you need simple ingredients such as vanilla ice cream, frozen pineapple chunks, and pineapple juice.
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There you have to folks! That’s the scoop on Dole Whip. Next time you’re in the parks, make sure to grab one for us and then share all of these fun facts with your friends and family while you enjoy your taste of tropical deliciousness.