In the Year BD (before Dole Whip):
The Enchanted Tiki Room opened at the mothership inside Adventureland in June of 1963. At the time of its opening, the attraction was sponsored by United Airlines, who was in the midst of promoting flight deals to the new (I know, crazy right?) state of Hawaii. It wasn't uncommon that Disney would bring on sponsors to help develop and maintain the attractions. In the case of The Tiki Room, the Polynesian flair lent itself perfectly to the theme that United Airlines wanted to express, and a natural partnership was born. It wasn't until 12 years later in 1976 that the Dole Food Company took over as the sponsor. Back in those days, the cute little Hawaiian Hut only served Dole pineapple juice and pineapple spears.
This requires anyone who licenses their product as Dole Whip to use the company's commercial soft-serve machine, which gives the dessert its "unique air pressure". The recipe, tools, and ingredients are distributed by Kent Precision Foods Group to ensure total consistency, and it makes for a super easy-to-make product. Although Pineapple is the most popular, Dole Whip has multiple flavors in its Rolodex, such as orange and raspberry, with six tropical flavors in total. In fact, 4 of the 6 flavors are completely free of artificial flavoring. Pineapple, however, is not yet one of those. Dole is very particular on what they change in the recipe in order to keep it completely consistent with the one fans know and love today.
Another Disney Success:
Although Dole had its product being served at other locations such as zoos, universities, and even brick and mortar stores, fans solely associate this creamy delight with Disneyland and Walt Disney World. A rep from Kent Precision Foods Group, Jamie Schwartz, totally credits the cult-following to Disney.
"Disney has literally created Dole Whip devotees. [They] built [up] the brand."
If you don't find yourself at one of the US parks this summer but are really craving this delectable treat on a hot day, take your shot at making your own! Recipes can be found all over the internet, like this one. Or if you wanna spice things up, try the newest Disney addition available at the Disneyland Hotel - Dole Whip Float with a splash of rum.