While Hawaii is the leading grower of pineapples in the United States, Walt Disney World® (WDW) is home to one of the world’s most famous pineapple desserts, Pineapple Dole Whip. Pineapple-loving, WDW enthusiasts likely have partaken of heaps of the sunshiny frozen dessert. They may also have enjoyed its descendant, the Pineapple Dole Whip Float. As a fan of the luscious tropical fruit, I can tell you that I indulge in one or more of the refreshing, frozen treats every time I am at WDW. As much as I enjoy them both, I must tell you that there are several other unique dishes that include pineapple available at WDW. Here are some yummy ways to satisfy a pineapple craving at the world famous vacation destination:
Fried Wontons – Found on the dessert menu at Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, these are not your typical wontons. While you may be familiar with traditional cream cheese wontons, these have been skewered with pineapple chunks, drizzled with honey vanilla sauce and served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh fruit.
Hawaiian Flatbread – This flatbread pizza available at Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is topped with tomato sauce, cheese, pineapple, ham and red onion.
Lapu Lapu – Not only does this adult beverage feature pineapple, it is served in one. Found at the Tambu Lounge located on the second floor of the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House, the Lapu Lapu is made with Myers’s Original Dark Rum, a tropical fruit juice blend and Bacardi® 151 Rum.
Nestlé® Pineapple Delicias Bars – Found at various ice cream carts throughout the WDW Parks, this frozen dessert bar is a refreshing combination of sweet and tangy pineapple juice and crushed pineapple.
Pina Colada Cupcake – Available at the bakery counter in Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian, this decadent dessert is an enormous pineapple cupcake with pineapple filling, topped with whipped coconut icing and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes.
‘Ohana Welcome Bread – Served as a starter at the Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s ‘Ohana table-service dining location, the Welcome Bread is a freshly-baked loaf of warm, fluffy pineapple coconut bread.
Pineapple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce – At Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, guests are relieved of the oh-so difficult choice between desserts because one perfect offering follows the meal, an incredibly moist pineapple bread pudding, topped with additional pineapple, and drizzled with caramel sauce.
Pineapple with Caramel – Simplicity reigns supreme with this dish served in the Polynesian Resort Concierge Lounge. Consisting of fresh pineapple chunks and creamy caramel dip, it could not be more basic or more delectable.
Pulled Pork Nachos – Featured on the menus at Tambu Lounge and Captain Cook’s, the Pulled Pork Nachos start with a layer of the house-made Polynesian Chips which are then topped with pulled pork, cheese, pineapple salsa and a spicy mayonnaise.
Teriyaki-Style New York Strip – While the pineapple may be overshadowed by the delicious steak, it is definitely essential to the overall taste. Available at the Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, this dish features New York Strip topped with teriyaki glaze and a fresh pineapple salsa. It is served atop mashed potatoes and alongside sweet, tender broccolini.
(Photo from the author’s personal collection.)
How do you satisfy a pineapple craving while at Walt Disney World®?
Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband. As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7) Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)