Last night at the New Years celebration at Epcot my wife and I met some people who didn’t know that the little Orange Bird does not represent Dole Whip but is more connected to the Citrus Swirl. Some background on the Citrus Swirl The little Orange Bird and Citrus Swirl were created by Disney for the Florida Citrus Commission in 1970 as a mascot and treat and has been a prominently featured in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland at the Sunshine Tree Terrace located near Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.The history of the Dole Whip is oddly an unknown phenomenon that was born in 1986
Dole Food Company didn’t introduce the soft-serve to the public until the mid-80s. When Disneyland’s Tiki Juice Bar opened in 1968, it wouldn’t even have Dole attached to its name until eight years later when it became a sponsor. And even then, the little hut only served the Hawaiian company’s pineapple juice and spears. Pineapple juice had always been served at the tiki stand, but it didn’t have anything to add to it literally until the Dole Whip came in 1986. From the amount of devotion Disney-lovers pay to Dole Whip at the parks, you’d think it was exclusively served at Disney Parks, but it’s not. The Dole Whip is sold nationwide at zoos, universities and amusement parks. Anyone who’s visited the Dole Plantation in Hawaii has gotten a Dole Whip there, complete with a pineapple spear sticking out of it. Just in Los Angeles alone, you can get it at places like Dodger Stadium, Menchie’s, Lollicup and a number of other places all over the world.
At the end of the day, the Dole Whip is an overwhelming favored treat over the Citrus Swirl especially when you stand in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom and look at the lines at Sunshine Tree Terrace Vs. the lines for the Dole Whip at the Aloha Isle.