Walt Disney World is known for its incredible snacking opportunities, from churros to cupcakes. However, when it comes to desserts, there’s one magical sweet that absolutely shouldn’t be missed at Disney: DOLE Whip.
Delighting guests since 1984, this icy indulgence is a Disney World institution. But, just where can you find DOLE Whip around the sprawling resort? Bring your appetite as we dig into everything you need to know about this must-try treat.
What is DOLE Whip?
Everybody loves ice cream. Although you can find all sorts of the frozen dessert around the Walt Disney World Resort, none of them can compare to the cult-favorite DOLE Whip.
A smooth and creamy fruit-forward soft serve, DOLE Whip is a true Disney icon, with its original pineapple flavor topping many a best-of list. Though it varies on the time of year, Disney typically offers between eight to 12 different varieties, including raspberry, lime, orange, lemon, coconut, mango and, of course, pineapple.
But, this frozen delight is so much more than just a sweet and refreshing snack. Along with launching a holiday, DOLE Whip Day on July 19, the ice-cold confection has also inspired all sorts of official and unofficial merchandise, from t-shirts and Mickey ears to phone cases and scented candles.
Yes, this sweet treat is the stuff dreams (and themed Disney merch) are made of. In fact, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably wished you could learn how to make DOLE Whip for yourself so you don’t have to wait for your next Disney Park pilgrimage to get your fix.
Well, consider your dessert dreams come true, sort of. To shed a little sunshine and bring some pineapple-y goodness to the COVID-19 nightmare, Disney dropped an at-home DOLE Whip recipe during the height of the pandemic.
Is DOLE Whip vegan?
Plant-based foodies, rejoice! Many varieties of DOLE Whip are completely vegan, specifically the fruit flavors of Disney’s most iconic frozen dessert. Having said that, there are some caveats. First, not all DOLE Whip flavors are dairy-free, namely creamier flavors like vanilla and chocolate.
Additionally, you might notice that some items are called “Pineapple Soft Serve” rather than DOLE Whip on certain menus. This may indicate that the restaurant is using a different, possibly non-vegan version not made by DOLE.
Finally, you’ll also want to keep in mind that mix-ins or toppings like cake, sprinkles and chocolate could contain dairy or other animal byproducts. So, use caution and stick to a classic cup of the good stuff if you’re committed to plant-based eating.
Is DOLE Whip gluten-free?
Not only are most DOLE Whip varieties dairy-free, including Disney’s classic pineapple, but all fruit flavors of the icy treat are also gluten-free. Sadly, we can’t find any information on whether Disney World’s non-vegan soft serve options, such as vanilla and coconut, are gluten-free as well.
So, although most soft serve varieties do tend to be gluten-free, you’re safer sticking with something fruity if you have celiac disease or other gluten sensitivity. Fortunately, you have plenty to choose from.
Is DOLE Whip healthy?
Trying to stay healthy at Disney World? Don’t skip out on snacking while exploring the theme parks. After all, you’re on vacation! For a healthy-ish treat that only feels like you’re indulging, you can’t beat a cup of Disney’s DOLE Whip.
Delightfully sweet and the perfect mix of cool, creamy and refreshing, all flavors of DOLE Whip are cholesterol-free and either fat-free (the fruity varieties) or low-fat (vanilla and chocolate, as well as their derivatives, such as coconut). Talk about magical!
Does Disney DOLE Whip come with alcohol?
The only thing better than DOLE Whip is DOLE Whip spiked with booze. For a truly quintessential cocktail at Disney World, don’t miss one of the many icy concoctions swirled with a variety of flavors and spirits.
DOLE Whip with rum is an easy choice, serving as the main mixer no matter where you are at Disney World. However, if you’re not a rum fan, you can also enjoy the frozen dessert paired with vodka, tequila and even mango cordial.
Boozy DOLE Whip is available throughout the Central Florida resort, with the exception of Magic Kingdom Park. However, you can get it just across Seven Seas Lagoon at one of Disney World’s best bars, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian Village Resort.
How much is a DOLE Whip at Walt Disney World?
One of the best things about snacking at Disney World is that it’s so affordable. Depending on what you order, DOLE Whip can cost anywhere from $4.99 to $15 or more if you’re adding alcohol or getting it in a souvenir cup.
Where to Find DOLE Whip at Disney World
While Disney theme park fans have long grumbled about Disneyland getting all the fun stuff first, when it comes to DOLE Whip, it’s Disney World that is the victor. The sweet treat, then called DOLE Pineapple Whip, made its very first appearance way back in 1984 at Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom, two years before arriving in Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar.
Luckily, Magic Kingdom isn’t the only place you can find DOLE Whip at Walt Disney World these days. And that’s a good thing because those lines were getting long. Today, the fan-favorite snack is on offer across the sprawling resort – with one glaring exception. (Don’t worry, we have a substitute in mind that is equally iconic.)
Best of all, this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the DOLE Whip at Disney World. Restaurants love to switch things up throughout the year with limited-time items and menu revamps. So, keep your eyes open for festive flavors and seasonal sundaes, along with special appearances at other dining outlets not on our list.
Now, without any further ado, here are all of the places at Walt Disney World, in the parks and beyond, where you can enjoy a tasty DOLE Whip.
As the ancestral home of DOLE Whip at Disney World, Magic Kingdom offers a few different places to indulge in the icy delight, all located in either Adventureland or Fantasyland. Although none are available with alcohol, the fun theming, a tantalizing array of flavors and pure nostalgia make Magic Kingdom a must-do for DOLE Whip lovers.
Aloha Isle | Adventureland
Without a doubt, the fairy godmother of all Disney World DOLE Whip spots is Aloha Isle in Adventureland. Tucked near The Magic Carpets of Aladdin and the Frontierland walkway, this quick-service snack stop is all about the swirl – classic pineapple swirl, tropical coconut swirl, bright raspberry swirl, tangy lime swirl.
Swing by for a classic cup, a juicy float or a whole new spin Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Though the Kakamora Float, Disney’s DOLE Whip spin on a rum-free Blue Hawaiian, is sadly no longer available, you can enjoy a number of other fun flavor combinations.
For the ultimate island experience, we suggest the Tropical Serenade, a fully loaded float with coconut soft serve, pineapple-orange-guava juice and a pineapple upside-down cake pop. Then, take your treat to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room next door to enjoy during the show.
Storybook Treats | Fantasyland
Nestled between The Friar’s Nook and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh across from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Storybook Treats serves up a whimsical mix of DOLE Whip and other soft serve.
Fittingly, the specialty sweets here are themed after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (sorry, Pooh Bear!). For a dessert fit for royalty, try the Snow White Cone, featuring lemon-flavored DOLE Whip in a blue cone topped with a chocolate bird and a sugar version of the princess’s signature bow.
Sunshine Tree Terrace | Adventureland
Housed in the original location for Aloha Isle near the Main Street, U.S.A. entrance to Adventureland, Sunshine Tree Terrace is a piece of Magic Kingdom history. Another great spot for unique DOLE Whip flavors, such as orange and strawberry, soft-serve fans can enjoy a simple cup or upgrade to a float with their beverage of choice (Mountain Berry Blast POWERADE included). Or, for the ultimate social media photo, try one of their special floats.
There to celebrate Disney World’s 50th anniversary? The Sparkling Sunshine is a celebratory sip with orange swirl DOLE Whip, fizzy apple cider and an EARidescent sugar rim, while the I Lava You Float starts with a bang (popping candy!) and finishes with a fruity concoction of passion fruit, strawberry soda and orange DOLE Whip.
Unfortunately, DOLE Whip doesn’t reign supreme at EPCOT like it does in Magic Kingdom. Previously, the pineapple delight could be found pretty reliably at Refreshment Port, a quick-service stand located on the World Celebration side of the Canada Pavilion. However, we’re sad to say that it’s currently missing from the menu.
Pineapple Promenade | International Flower & Garden Festival
Ah, it’s springtime, and the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and over at Pineapple Promenade at the EPCOTFlower & Garden Festival, the DOLE Whip is churning. Cool down with a refreshing cup or spice things up with a splash of booze-free Fanta or, for an adult twist, mango cream liqueur. There’s also a selection of craft beer once you’ve had your fill of DOLE Whip.
If you’re looking for a refreshing drink on the go, the quick-service Milk Stand is a convenient stop for glasses of creamy Blue Milk and Green Milk, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Otherwise, when it comes to ambiance, you can’t beat Oga’s Cantina. Although you might be tempted to try one of their more adult brews, the Blue Bantha, Blue Milk with a sugar cookie, is a worthy replacement if you’re in the mood for DOLE Whip.
It’s a jungle out there at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and what better way to fuel your day than with a DOLE Whip. Two different Animal Kingdom dining locations dish up this delightful snack, so you’re never too far away from ice-cold, fruity refreshment.
Tamu Tamu Refreshments | Africa
Looking for a way to stay cool while waiting for Festival of the Lion King? Make like the Tumble Monkeys and swing over to Tamu Tamu Refreshments across from Tusker House Restaurant and Dawa Bar.
There you’ll find alcohol-free and spiked versions of DOLE Whip cups and floats, including a few inspired by The Lion King. The Simba Sunset keeps things sweet with the addition of strawberry, while Scar’s Lair features an appropriate twist of sour apple. Add a splash of coconut rum to either if you’re feeling extra sassy.
Trilo-Bites | DinoLand U.S.A.
Though it may not have the variety of Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Trilo-Bites near the entrance to DinoLand U.S.A. is a respectable place for some DOLE Whip if you’re over in that side of the park. Stop by the quick-service snack stand for a Trilo-Bites Twist, vanilla soft serve and, if you’d like, a shot of vodka swirled with orange DOLE Whip.
Disney World’s headlining retail and entertainment destination, Disney Springs, is known for its incredible dining, whether you’re in the mood for brunch, drinks or a fancy dinner. So, it’s no wonder that you can also find some yummy DOLE Whip at Disney Springs.
Swirls on the Water | Marketplace
Taking the place of Marketplace Snacks, Disney Springs’ new go-to spot for DOLE Whip is Swirls on the Water near the Rainforest Café. If you’re looking for creative DOLE Whip creations, this is the place.
Here, fans of the frozen treat can sink their teeth into everything from DOLE Whip Habanero Lime Nachos with waffle cone chips, mango boba pearls and raspberry sauce to the 50th Celebration Cone filled with a cookie dough soft serve and lemon DOLE Whip swirl. For the wine lovers, there’s even a Sangria Float with pineapple DOLE Whip.
Wine Bar George | The Landing
Keeping the wine-meets-DOLE Whip thing going, Wine Bar George (along with The Basket at Wine Bar George, the restaurant’s quick-service window) puts a sophisticated twist on the iconic Disney World dessert. For a pixie dust-infused alternative to the easy-drinking Frosé, sip on a Frozcato with pineapple DOLE Whip or a Friezling made from lime DOLE Whip.
Disney World Hotels
Feeling like some DOLE Whip before bed? You don’t need to be out exploring the theme parks or shopping ‘til you drop at Disney Springs to enjoy some of the saccharine snack. Several Disney World hotel restaurants also dish up the chilly sweet.
Along with the dining outlets below, you’ll also want to keep an eye on the menus for the food courts and pool bars at Disney’s Pop Century and Art of Animation resorts. Though not currently on the menu there, DOLE Whip has been offered there in the past.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Consider the Polynesian Village Resort your DOLE Whip destination outside the parks. This oasis of a hotel has not one, not two, but four different places to get your fix for fruity soft serve. For a truly magical way to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks, take your treat to the Polynesian’s beach to enjoy the show (and your DOLE Whip) with your toes in the sand.
Barefoot Pool Bar
Touting both DOLE Whip and views of the fireworks, the Barefoot Pool Bar mixes up a couple of cocktails starring the frozen sweet: the rum-spiked Frosty Pineapple and the Frozen Margarita made with lime DOLE Whip, tequila and chili-lime seasoning.
Oasis Bar & Grill
You don’t need to brave the crowds at the Lava Pool to cool down with some DOLE Whip. Just go to the Oasis Bar & Grill, the Polynesian Village Resort’s more subdued pool bar. Although the setting may be different, the menu remains the same.
While Barefoot Pool Bar and Oasis Bar & Grill keep the booze and DOLE Whip flowing, Pineapple Lanai is the place to go at the Polynesian Village Resort if you’re looking for a kid-friendly cup of the sweet stuff. Stop by for a few iterations of the classic pineapple flavor, as well as a 50th anniversary sundae featuring DOLE Whip Lime.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
A must-visit for any adult Disney trip, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto serves up yet another spin on boozy DOLE Whip alongside its abundant tiki bar charms. The Spikey Pineapple gets its kick from Haitian rum infused with pineapple rum and mango. If there isn’t a seat available in the bar, you can also enjoy the drink (sans the cheesy jokes and crowds) outside at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace.
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Staying at All-Star Sports or Music? Consider making the hike to All-Star Movies and the Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar. Overlooking Sorcerer Mickey and the Fantasia Pool, this open-air watering hole blends up a cooling Pineapple DOLE Whip Smoothie sure to please sweet tooths of all ages.
Disney’s BoardWalk and BoardWalk Inn
With its surrey bikes, midway games, charming buildings in saltwater taffy hues and picturesque promenade overlooking the glittering Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk is an idyllic spot for pixie dust-filled fun outside the theme parks, even if you’re not staying at the BoardWalk Inn. As you’re pedaling, make a pitstop at BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas for the Captain’s Seaside Sensation, a pineapple DOLE Whip smoothie with a shot of spiced rum.
Disney World Water Parks
Along with DOLE Whip, there’s no better way to cool down at Walt Disney World than with a visit to one of the water parks. So, it’s no surprise that each of the Disney World water parks boasts its own outpost for the sweet treat.
Warming Hut | Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Don’t expect any elaborate DOLE Whip floats or sundaes at this Blizzard Beach snack stand. You’ll only find the classics, like pineapple DOLE Whip served in a dish or waffle cone.
Snack Shack | Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Trying to decide between Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon? If DOLE Whip options are a deciding factor, then Disney World’s tropical water park is the hands-down winner.
Home to four different flavors (including lime, mango, raspberry and classic pineapple), you can also opt to spike your dessert with dark rum, coconut rum or tequila. Or, for a fiesta in your mouth, try the Habanero Lime Gallery Shack Swirl, a flavorful blend of mango and lime DOLE Whip with Sprite, tequila and chili-lime.
Have you tried DOLE Whip at Disney World? Where is your favorite place to enjoy the popular snack? Let us know in the comments! Then, learn how you can save money for more delicious food with our discount Disney World tickets.