The famous, creamy Dole Whip float is a welcome respite after hours upon hours of waiting in long lines and battling crowds. 

Here is an unpopular opinion: I dislike Disneyland. Having grown up in Southern California I’ve been visiting most of my life, and while I enjoyed it as a kid the appeal has faded as I’ve traveled to places like the real Alps, the real New Orleans, the real Bavaria, etc. Recent years have seen crowds becoming astonishingly dense — I visited on a “ghost town” day this spring and it was packed — which has left me even less interested.

I’m not trying to persuade you that I’m right; to each his or her own. But here’s something I think we can come together on: Disneyland’s Dole Whip is fantastic. In fact, it’s probably the best thing about the park.

Dole Whip is sold just outside the Tiki Room (itself a curious holdover from another era). Often, there is a line that leads back into Frontier Land, though you can skip much of the wait by going into to the Tiki Room courtyard. I prefer the pineapple Dole Whip float; the bottom is pineapple juice, and the top is the incredibly creamy Dole Whip itself.

Dole Whip was first introduced in 1986. And though it feels like soft serve or frozen yogert, it’s actually neither. Instead, it’s made with non-dairy creamer and is apparently vegan as well.

Similar products are sold elsewhere in the U.S. Indeed, I was recently traveling through California and saw a sign advertising Dole Whip in Baker. I was quickly disappointed, however, after buying a float and discovering that it used canned juice and icy, over-sweet Dole Whip.

Other places might come closer to the Disneyland version, but there’s a reason the park’s take on the Dole Whip is famous.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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