I know, I am stepping out and opening myself up, but I officially declare the best Disney snack is.... the Dole Whip. I am a late convert to Disney. As a child, I visited Disneyland, once, and then didn't return to Disney World until later in life. But, one of my first experiences at Disney Word was this amazing treat the Dole Whip.
This treat so enamored me, that I went home and tried, many many times to replicate it. What I discovered, it never tasted the same... so I stopped. But, no matter how many Mickey waffles I had for breakfast, I always, always stop for a Dole Whip.
If you are not familiar with this wonderful dessert, let me try to explain. It's a non-dairy, soft serve, pineapple treat. It's served like ice cream, it's wonderful. As a float, it is served with pineapple juice, it's amazing. The cool thing about the Dole Whip is it's not available throughout the parks. Only in limited places. Where?
Where Can It Be Found?
Outside of the Tiki Room in Adventureland (in Disneyland and Disney World), you will find this wonderful concoction. Be warned, the line can be long. But thank goodness for mobile ordering. I place my order, via the mobile Disney app, and voila, I let them know I am there and move to the front for pick up. Also, during Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, you may find other vendors carrying the Dole Whip (maybe even with a bit of rum on top... yum and yum).
Other places around Disney World to find the Dole Whip? Refreshment Port near the Canda Pavilion, Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Pineapple Lanai at Disney's Polynesian Resort.
Now, I am a purist. There are other flavors you can try: orange, raspberry, lemon, lime, and mango. I always have the original, pineapple, but would love to hear from others who have ventured out to try the other flavors. What are your thoughts?
Adult versions of the Dole Whip? Yep, in addition to ones served during International Food and Wine, the Tamu Tamu Refreshments and the Refreshment Port serve ones with rum year-round. The Wine Bar George in Disney Springs serves a Dole Whip mimosa during weekend brunch, and the Barefoot Pool Bar at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort serves Dole Whip lime margaritas. I can see a Dole Whip drink crawl in my future.
How on earth did this dessert become such a fan favorite? I think, in part, it's not found in every park and on every menu. You have to seek this one out. Plus, let's face it, pineapple soft serve is very refreshing on a warm, Florida day. Back, before the Dole Whip, outside the Tiki Room you could get pineapple juice and pineapple spears. Then in 1986, the Dole Food Company introduced the Dole Whip and honestly, the rest is history.
They added a pineapple upside down cake version, which I must say, is wonderful. The cake is soft but doesn't' get soggy with the Dole Whip. I chose the twist version (pineapple and vanilla) and liked it very much. Actually, a lot. Now, not sure which will be my go-to when I visit Adventureland... the original Dole Whip... or the upside-down cake. Ah well, maybe I'll get both and share... a few bites.
Did I get it right? Is the Dole Whip the best Disney snack? What's yours?
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Michele & Kevin O'Connor
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