Dole Whips and Where to Find Them
Dole Whips, sound familiar? It is probably because you have heard the name before. Most Disneyland and Walt Disney World lovers, especially attendees who visit the parks frequently, know this delicious treat well. For those who do not, a Dole Whip is a frozen, flavored dessert that tastes like heaven in your mouth. You can order it as a pineapple float or in a cup.
The Dole Whip is the most sought out snack in Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks and resorts. Yes, this is the snack where you’ll find a long line of people standing in the heat just to get a whip of it. An initial question for newbies may be, “is it worth it”; the answer is absolutely. If you are like me and have an obsession with sweets, I can almost guarantee that this is one of the best snacks at Disney, especially on a hot July summer day.
A Little History Behind Your Favorite Disney Snack:
Everyone knows Mickey is the face of Disney, but for three decades, Dole Whips have become an essential component of the Disney brand. In 1963, Disney opened Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room to Adventureland, sponsored by The United Airlines. This was a historic moment because the Tiki Room was the first attraction to feature audio-animatronics.
For those who do not know what that is, audio-animatronics can be defined as “robots controlled by radio or cables in the floor. The robots are designed to look like real animals and humans, allowing them to have lifelike movements. They can sit and stand but cannot walk”. The new attraction was the first stride in changing the tone of the park, to a more tropical theme than the jungle one, as it had been previously.
Disney wanted to continue with their new tone; therefore, in 1968 they opened a tropical Tiki Juice Bar. Later on, in 1976, The Dole Food Company took over sponsorship for the enchanted tiki room and bar. For the first decade, the main refreshments were pineapple spears and pineapple juice, but in 1986, The Dole Whip was introduced to the parks and today they are still loved by many.
Where To Find Them:
One of the most hassling tasks of theme parks is finding your food. Disney has a multitude of options to choose from which is great, but knowing where to look can become overwhelming and tiring, especially in the heat with a growling stomach. Now, the most important question remains, where can you find this delicious dessert known as the Dole Whip? Fear not, I have that valuable information:
- Aloha Isle: Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
- Captain Cooks (Pineapple Lanai): Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Annual Festivals: Walt Disney World’s Epcot
- Flower and Garden Festival
- Food and Wine Festival
- Marketplace Snacks: Disney Springs
- Tamu Tamu Refreshments: Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom
- Tiki Juice Bar, Hosted By Dole: Disneyland’s Adventureland
Ingredients…Can You Make It Yourself?:
“I wish I had the ingredients for this recipe.” How many times have you said this to your friends, or even family members when leaving one of your favorite restaurants? Too many to count, right. It is so often that some of our favorite foods have hidden ingredients, making it nearly impossible to replicate; resulting in only eating it when you go to the location that serves it.
As someone who lived in Walt Disney World, still does, I would not only look forward to my vacation because of the rides and characters but because I would get to eat Dole Whips, something that home lacked, which often reiterated the notion that Disney was the happiest place on the earth. Not everyone lives in Florida or even California and can be blessed to eat Dole Whip’s often, therefore luckily, there is a homemade recipe for you to enjoy until you make it to Disneyland or Walt Disney World.
The ingredients are pretty simple:
- 1 cup pineapple juice, frozen in an ice cube tray
- 1 DOLE Banana, peeled and frozen
- 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
Making the delicious dessert is almost as easy as enjoying it, I said ALMOST. The first step is the hardest of the steps. You must gather the ingredients from the above list. I know that was difficult, but not to worry, the next steps are much simpler.
After you have gathered all the ingredients, combine the pineapple juice, banana, and powdered sugar in a blender.
Once the pineapple juice, banana, and powdered sugar are placed in the blender, blend until evenly smooth, while gradually adding coconut milk. Remember to hold the top tightly, you don’t want it to get all over your face and have to eat it that way. Preferably, I would pay attention to both sides of the blender because you may need to scrape it slightly.
Now is the best part of this whole process, TIME TO EAT!!!!!!
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Special thanks to Lindsey Johnson for writing this article: Passionate, Creative, and Fantasy; these are three perfect words to describe the essence of why I love Disney. Disney allows me to escape my reality, and enter into different worlds through artistic stories beyond my wildest imagination.