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Disneyland's Dole Whip Float

Lyndsay is a huge fan of all things Disney, and she enjoys finding ways to incorporate its magic in everything from crafts to recipes.

Disneyland's Dole Whip Float

Disneyland's Dole Whip Float

When I visit Disneyland, my favorite thing to drink there is the Dole Whip Float! There is nothing better as a child or an adult than sitting in the World famous Tiki Room sipping on some pineapple deliciousness. It is good all year round (even in cold weather), and I find myself craving it when I am away from the park. The only downside is that there is always a super long line to stand in from late Winter all the way into mid-Fall. I had this mission of tracking down the park recipe, which turned out to be really hard. It took me over a year to find it! When I finally did find it I was so so very excited.

Now I must preface this with when the park makes anything (food, beverages) they make it in a super-human sized batch, and when you get the recipe from the park, there is some guesswork involved (with the measurements), and it sometimes doesn't taste exactly the same. So when I made it the first time I was a little disappointed because it wasn't EXACTLY the same. Don't get me wrong, it was still really delicious and so so close to how it is in the park, but it just wasn't the same.

You are probably wondering why I would tell you this before I give you the recipe. Well, it is because I am giving you TWO recipes to make this favorite drink of mine! The first one is the official one from Disneyland, and the second is an easier, copycat version! In my opinion, the second tastes more like the park (and I like the method used better) but I'll let you be the judge of that for yourself!

The Official Dole Whip Recipe

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

2 hours 30 min

2 hours 50 min

Serves 6 people


  • 2 20 oz. cans pineapple, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • pineapple juice, cans


  1. Drain the cans of pineapple but reserve 2 tbsp. of the juice and set aside.
  2. Place the crushed pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and reserved pineapple juice into a blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the pineapple mixture into two 1 quart freezer zipped bags. Store the bags flat in the freezer. Freeze for 1 1/2 hours or until the mixture is slushy.
From left to right: step 3, step 5.

From left to right: step 3, step 5.

4. Stir the pineapple slush gently into the heavy whipping cream in a large bowl until smoothly blended.

5. Return the mixture to the freezer until frozen (about 1–2 hours).

6. Pour 1 can of Dole pineapple juice in a glass and scoop some of the whip into it.

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Just a Few Tips!

  • I put the mixture into a plastic container so that it is easier to access later on. Also, do not let it freeze completely because it is much easier to serve (and authentic tasting) if it is the consistency of soft serve.
  • If you do not use all of the Whip up, you can keep it in the freezer. When you want to serve some more later on, let it defrost a little bit because the mixture will turn rock hard, and it will become difficult to serve.
  • Don't expect it to look exactly the same...unless you have a soft-serve machine. All that matters is the taste!
  • I like to use the canned pineapple juice from Dole because it tastes fresher and more natural than the ones in the plastic containers. If you like to use the other kind, feel free! The cans are just my personal preference. This does not refer to the juice used in the steps to make the whip, this is for the juice to make the float.
  • Some people think that the recipe is too tart. If this is the case for you, then simply don't add as much lemon and lime juice.

Copycat Dole Whip Recipe


  • 1/2 can of pineapple juice concentrate
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • juice of 1/2 a lime


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.

2. Put in your ice cream maker and enjoy!

How to Make Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Machine!

Now I know that not all of you (including myself) don't have an ice cream maker! So I will show you how to make ice cream without an ice cream machine. Here is what you'll need:

  • large metal mixing bowl
  • smaller mixing bowl
  • hand mixer (or whisk)
  • towel
  • salt or rock salt (ice cream salt)

Here is what to do:

  1. Fill large mixing bowl with ice and rock salt or sea salt.
  2. Fill the smaller mixing bowl with the mixture.
  3. Put the smaller mixing bowl inside the larger bowl. Nestle the bowl inside the ice so that most of the bowl is surrounded with ice.
  4. Using the hand mixer, mix liquid on high for 10 minutes. Use the towel to cover the bowls slightly to prevent splatter. If using a whisk, hand mix for 15 minutes.
  5. After mixing let the mixture sit uncovered for 10 minutes.
  6. Place both bowls inside the freezer (covered by the towel) for 45 minutes.
  7. Take bowls out and run a spoon across the top. It should have the consistency of pudding.
  8. Mix again with the hand mixer for another 5 minutes. It should now be the consistency of soft-serve! (perfect for a Dole Whip!)
  9. If an ice cream consistency is desired, remove the smaller bowl from the large bowl. Wrap it with plastic wrap (with the plastic wrap touching the surface of the mixture). Freeze at least 2 more hours or overnight.
Left: The large mixing bowl filled with ice and salt. Center: The smaller mixing bowl filled with Dole mixture inside the larger bowl. Right: Mixing bowls after being frozen for 45 minutes.

Left: The large mixing bowl filled with ice and salt. Center: The smaller mixing bowl filled with Dole mixture inside the larger bowl. Right: Mixing bowls after being frozen for 45 minutes.

A Few Tips!

OK, so this was the first time I have ever tried to make ice cream this way (with the bowls). Here are some tips I discovered while making it:

  • Use a bowl that is much smaller than the large mixing bowl. You will want to have as much ice as possible in the bigger one.
  • You might have to make it in batches. The first time I tried, I had too much liquid in the smaller bowl and it all practically spilled into the larger bowl. I recommend leaving at least 1–2 inches of room at the top for spillage.
  • Speaking of spillage, even though you are using a towel to prevent splatter, you need to keep an eye on what you are doing just in case it does start to spill. This way you can adjust accordingly.
  • After I whipped the mixture a second time I noticed that it was still a little too runny. I decided to place the mixture back in the freezer (without the larger bowl and with the plastic wrap) for another hour.
Here is the mixture with plastic wrap ready to go back into the freezer.

Here is the mixture with plastic wrap ready to go back into the freezer.

Serve and Enjoy!

When the mixture is ready to eat, pour some Dole pineapple juice into a glass and spoon the whip on top! Add a cherry and/or a fun umbrella toothpick for decoration. Sit back, relax, listen to the soundtrack of the Tiki Room, and enjoy! I personally like to sit outside and enjoy mine in the nice warm weather!

Enjoy your Dole Whip/Dole Whip Float!

Enjoy your Dole Whip/Dole Whip Float!

© 2014 Lyndsay Gamber


Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 08, 2014:

Hello SJ Hope!

You really must try it! I promise you it is worth all the hype. Thanks for commenting =)

SJ Hope from Los Angeles, CA on July 05, 2014:

I have been going to Disneyland for many years and I have not yet tried the Dole Whip Float (although I had heard about it). After reading this, I have to try it the next time I'm there! Thanks for a great hub!!!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hi Dana Tate!

I hope you like it!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on June 26, 2014:

It's been along time since I went to Disney Land but this float looks delicious I can't wait to give it a try!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hi chitrangadaSharan!

Thank you :-) pineapple is my favorite too!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hi villyvacker!

I know how you feel! I feel that way when they take things off menus that I love!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hello lilmissmontana!

I typically do the same thing when I'm drinking one at home! If you ever go to disneyland I hope you get yourself one. It totally makes the day extra magical :-)

Erin Nichols from Montana on June 26, 2014:

Wow! I certainly need this in my life. I have never been to Disneyland, but I am going to pretend I am sitting in the Tiki Room when I make this. Thank you for sharing. Perfect for summer!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hi Lisa learning!

Thank you :-)

LisaKeating on June 26, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD. Looks delicious!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hello purvisbobbi44!

Thank you for commenting! I hope you enjoy it :-)

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hi Marie flint!

Thanks so much! If you are going with the copycat version you can try it with milk!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hello relationshipc!

I am too! I feel like you can never have too much pineapple, especially in summer!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 26, 2014:

Hi jenPaxton!

I am actually working on a mint julep recipe! :-) Thanks for commenting!

Jen Paxton from Missouri on June 26, 2014:

This sounds amazing, I'll have to try it! Now if only I could find a recipe for their mint julep mix, I'd be in heaven. That's one of the things I miss most about Southern California since I moved - Disneyland mint juleps and the haunted mansion.

Kari on June 26, 2014:

I am on a pineapple kick. Yesterday, I made a Piña Colada with strawberry puree, but this looks like something I would easily make for a nice dessert or hot afternoon drink without alcohol!

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on June 26, 2014:

Congratulations on your HOTD!

The drink looks delicious, but I don't do cream.

Nice presentation.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 26, 2014:


That looks so delicious and thank for sharing. I will try it as soon as I go shopping for the pineapple.


Bobbi Purvis

Billy Turnock from Manchester England on June 26, 2014:

i was at disneyland and we found this food outlet called Friar Nooks, where i had fries chilli and cheese....it was beautiful.....then a few days later we went back and it was closed for refurbishment.....i was in my forties and nearly crying....so i love anything Disneyland....great recipe

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2014:

Congratulations for HOTD!

This looks delicious and interesting. Pineapple is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the details! Voted up!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on June 09, 2014:

Hi CrisSp!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! It is a total must when you go to Disneyland! =)

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 09, 2014:

I love pineapple and this is perfect this summer even not in Disney! Will try making my own but will surely buy myself when I get to Disney next.

Voting up and pinning!

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