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Dole Whip. Need we say more? We didn’t think so, article done! Just kidding. Over the years this classic Magic Kingdom treat has had the spotlight to itself. In the past few days, Disney World has announced a new Lemon Lime Dole Whip swirl treat for the Polynesian Resort. Before we could blink the new treat snuck into Magic Kingdom as an offering at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland. This is coming on the heels of the raspberry Dole Whip being added to Aloha Isle in Adventureland. With all these new options it got us thinking, is the original Dole Whip still the champ of the Magic Kingdom soft serve treats? Let’s get ready to rumble!

Passholder Insights: The Lemon Lime option at Storybook Treats is a secret menu item. All you need to do is ask the cast member for it when placing your order.

Adventureland Entrance
Entrance to Adventureland

The Venue

Any rumble or showdown needs some type of rules or we’ll have chaos. For our great showdown we’re heading to the hometown of our champ. Born and bread out of Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, the original Dole Whip will take on all contenders that are now setting up residence in the same area. The new kid on the block, lemon lime out of Storybook Treats in Fantasyland will be a very interested spectator for our showdown, while it learns the ropes of being a Magic Kingdom treat.

Passholder Insights: We’d definitely recommend using mobile ordering at Aloha Isle. The line can get rather long, especially in the afternoon. Mobile ordering can be found within the My Disney Experience App.

A Dole Whip Float
The Dole Whip Float

Our Champ

Be loved by many, the original Dole Whip (pineapple) is tried and true, and a great option for an afternoon sweet treat, especially on those hot summer days in the Magic Kingdom. The sunmistakably refreshing tropical pineapple soft serve ice cream is served in a variety of ways, from a straight-up cup or cone, to the pineapple float, or a top of delicious pineapple upside down cake. Our champ has become so popular that Disney has brought the great treat to other locations across property, from the Dawa Bar at the Animal Kingdom, to Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort, even beyond the parks to Aulani Resort in Hawaii.

Our champ puts forth a solid resume. As Nate would say, did you really go to the Magic Kingdom if you didn’t have a Dole Whip? It’s like a picture in front of the castle, a must do.

Hei Hei with Dole Whip
The Hei Hei Cone

Top Contender  

In late February Disney World released a variety of new soft serve cones for the Magic Kingdom. Part of the release was the Hei Hei cone at Aloha Isle. The Hei Hei cone is a combination of the original Dole Whip, and raspberry Dole Whip a top a blue sugar cone with sugar candy eye, and rooster “comb”. The fruity raspberry is perfect and pairs surprisingly well with the pineapple flavors of our champ. In addition to the Hei Hei cone you can order the raspberry variation alone as a cup or cone.

Raspberry is a solid contender and definitely has a lot of steam, especially with it’s Instagram worthy looks. But are looks enough to beat the champ?

Passholder Insights: On hotter days, you may want to ask for a cup to go along with the Hei Hei cone… or plenty of napkins.

Similar to Dole Whip is the Citrus Swirl
Citrus Swirl

The Surprise Contender  

Out of nowhere comes a third option that wants to throw its spoon in the ring. Who’s that? It’s the Citrus Swirl. Next door to the Jungle Navigation Co. is Sunshine Tree Terrace offering up a orange variation of the Dole Whip. Pushed to the outskirts of Adventureland the Citrus Swirl continues to be the lesser known cousin to the original Dole Whip. With flavors akin to a more tart creamsicle, the Citrus Swirl is offered up in cup, cone, and float form.

Citrus Swirl has the longevity to be a strong contender in the showdown. As Serena would say, I’ll take the Citrus Swirl over the original Dole Whip any day!

Our Thoughts – Winner

We’re the winners! Ultimately what’s great about the expansion of Dole Whip flavor is that there’s something for everyone. We say the more the merrier! In the DVC Duo house, Nate is team original, and Serena will take a Citrus Swirl. The big question is float, cone or cup?