by Benjamin Greenberg
In last week’s edition of Disney Would You Rather, I asked whether Disney fans would rather enjoy a traditional dole whip or dole whip float from the Aloha Isle stand, or if they craved a classic citrus swirl. In this battle of Adventureland frozen treats the dole whip and its variations reined supreme, winning 72% of the vote.
While I was not surprised by the results too much, as the Dole Whip is an iconic Disney snack, I was surprised by the margin of victory. The citrus swirl, a concoction featuring soft serve vanilla ice cream and frozen orange juice, was an almost equally iconic Magic Kingdom snack. The citrus swirl for the longest time was considered an “extinct” snack. It had been off the menu at the Sunshine Tree Terrace for years, starting when the Florida Citrus Growers ended their sponsorship of the Sunshine Tree Terrace Pavilion and Tropical Serenade and the iconic Orange Bird character went away. However Disney Parks and Resorts and the Imagineers knew of the abundance of nostalgic Disney Fans and recently brought back both the Orange Bird character and the Citrus Swirl. Disney purists everywhere were overjoyed as this simultaneously tart and sweet delicacy returned to the parks.
Dole whips are served in various forms, but are traditionally served as a cup of soft serve pineapple ice cream. The Dole Whip float, is a variation with a glass of pineapple juice served under a top of Dole Whip pineapple soft serve. Both of these are wildly popular. Both snacks have a cooling and refreshing property that is great especially under the often hot and humid Florida sun.
While I expected nostalgic Disney fans to vote for the citrus swirl, these results show that the Dole Whip is a true part of the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s culture and image. For many fans when they think of what experiencing the Magic Kingdom is all about, they will not just think of seeing Cinderella Castle or riding the mountains and Haunted Mansion; they will also think of enjoying their Dole Whip in Adventureland.
This week’s options are…would you rather:
Option A: Enjoy watching Wishes on Main Street U.S.A
Option B: Enjoy viewing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from your favorite World Showcase Pavillion
Benjamin Greenberg is a sophomore at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, who is passionate about Walt Disney World, the Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar. He is proud to play offensive line for the Cornell University Sprint Football team and is the recorder for Sigma Nu Gamma Theta Chapter.