Here is my side-by-side comparison of how the Pineapple Dole Whip holds up against the Citrus Swirl.
The easiest place to find both the Pineapple Dole Whip Cup and the Citrus Swirl Cup is in Adventureland. While you can find the Pineapple Dole Whip at other venues around the Walt Disney World Resort, you can try both of these treats within a minute’s walk of one another, in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland, at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Let’s begin with the ever-popular Pineapple Dole Whip. This delectable treat is a frozen, light, and creamy pineapple soft serve. However, do not confuse this with the soft serve ice cream many of us are familiar with at our local ice cream stands. You can purchase a Pineapple Dole Whip at the Aloha Isle Refreshments open-air stand, located beside the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland, for $4.19. This treat does count as 1 snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
Now let’s take a look at the Citrus Swirl. This refreshing treat is a dense frozen-swirled vanilla soft serve ice cream and orange slushy. You can purchase a Citrus Swirl at the Sunshine Tree Terrace kiosk, located across from the Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland, for $3.79. This treat also counts as 1 snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
The Pineapple Dole Whip wins hands-down for flavor and texture. The flavor is consistent with pineapple and is very light and creamy. Definitely an excellent option while enjoying a day of central Florida heat at the Magic Kingdom. The texture is smooth and creamy with exactness and no surprises. The Citrus Swirl has a very sour taste from the orange slushy swirl. My first bite of the orange slushy swirl reminded of Johnson’s Baby Aspirin back when I was very young; not a flavor I am fond of at all! I then began mixing the orange slushy with the vanilla ice cream swirl and even the vanilla did not cut the sour taste of the orange slushy. I am one of those people who will choose the Beverly, at Epcot’s Club Cool Sampling Station, over anything else for its bitter flavor. The Citrus Swirl is more of a strong sour taste so if your flavor palate prefers sour, above all else, then the Citrus Swirl is for you. The texture is thicker, and heavier, than the Pineapple Dole Whip Cup while still offering a certain level of smoothness.
However, the Citrus Swirl wins for quantity and price. Unlike the Pineapple Dole Whip, with its entire center filled with nothing but air (see photo above), the Citrus Swirl is thicker, more substantial, and does not have air in the middle due to its dense texture. At $3.79, as compared to the $4.19 Pineapple Dole Whip, the Citrus Swirl gives you more bang for the buck if that is your primary goal. Of course, if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, then the pricing consideration will not really matter.
All-in-all, the Pineapple Dole Whip will remain a favorite treat as it is certainly conducive to my preferred taste palate. I do recommend that you try the Citrus Swirl, at least once, so you can do your own side-by-side comparison.
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