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ehagerty
07-23-2007, 08:42 PM
(At the risk of double posting, I accidentally posted this in the DDP thread, even though I meant to post here. So it goes, some days...)

For this thread, we will consider the Aloha Isle "dining".....

Backstory - we've been WDW regulars for nearly 20 years - and yet, I never had a Dole anything until this year. Not sure why. I am really fond of pineapple (fresh pineapple, anyway). Probably because there always seemed to be a line - and I am not a fan of rapidly melting ice cream.

Fast forward - to the Dining Plan - which shouldn't have been a factor, but was - because you can get a $3.99 Dole Whip in pineapple juice on a snack credit.

WOW. I loved it. It is every bit as good as everyone before me recorded. So good, that I had to go back to the Magic Kingdom - and WAIT for Aloha Isle to open my last full day.

http://ehagerty.zenfolio.com/img/v0/p959155728-4.jpg

What, if changed, would have made the experience even better?

Well, for the Disney people who cruise these boards for customer feedback, I do have a small one - additional details to the WAIT.

I wandered over by Aloha Isle shortly before 10:00 am (park opened at 9:00). Wooden shutters covered the windows. No sign of when it opened.

So - for starters - it sure would be helpful to post a SIGN when Aloha Isle opens TODAY. If it never changes, make the sign PERMANENT. If it varies, have a sign that can deal with it - an inexpensive, useful alternative to ignorance.

Next, a very helpful - albeit, not knowledgable - Disney customer-relations-type person noticed me hanging around. He mentioned that the stand would open at 10:30. Given his uniform, I believed him. After all, he had the means (that is, phone) to ascertain, with certainty, real information - why would he provide misinformation?

Turns out, it didn't open until 11:00 am. Had I known, I could have thought of better ways to spend the next 55 minutes at a greater distance from what turned out to be one of the few, remaining designated smoking sections (about 10 feet away) in the World.

There I stood, waiting patiently, trying to second guess behind which magic door the prize of service awaited. Well, this is not my specialty. Whenever my family asks me which line I would pick - they immediately choose any other. I focus so much on reason that I miss the irrational factors.

Anyway, they weren't with me to save me from going with reason. People started lining up in the best-guess queues and with one sort-of-poky server, I was now about 5th in line for service. I think this was the only annoyed Disney moment I had in 15 days. Not bad, but avoidable.

I probably would have rolled with it better if I hadn't been waiting so long. About 7 minutes later, Dole Whip in hand, I was well past the irritation. Making mental notes about what could have been better - a sign, a queue. Whatever.

In summary - recommendation:

sign - service hours
queue - anything is better than nothing - especially in an environment where this is handled so well everywhere else

Busymom85
07-24-2007, 09:16 AM
Looks great. I've never had one either. Will try one this December.

Minnie
07-25-2007, 02:57 PM
Just last week I discovered a reason to book the Poly.....

They have DoleWhips in their quick service restaurant! Open 24hrs a day :cool1:

Minniespal
07-26-2007, 02:07 AM
Excellent ~ Thanx for posting.

MickeyMaz
07-26-2007, 11:49 AM
I thought Capt. Cooks closes at 10:30. Good to hear 24/7.

Check out this link to the Inside the Magic Website. You can now take the Dole Whip experience home with you.

http://www.distantcreations.com/insidethemagic/dolewhip/

Aloha,

Maz:3dglasses

emlutz23
07-26-2007, 03:42 PM
I've been eating those Dole Whips for longer than I can remember and I always seem to forget that they don't open until later! Anyway, thanks for the picture, I'm drooling right now and can't wait to have a few in September! :woohoo:

Girly_Qs
07-26-2007, 08:21 PM
Okay, so I've read a ton of raves about these . . . and I like pineapple . . . but, what exactly IS a Dole Whip?

MD DisneyFreaks
07-27-2007, 10:55 AM
A Dole Whip is soft-serve pineapple-flavored ice cream in pineapple juice. It's sort of a float. My DW and I discoved it a couple of years ago and thought it was the absolute best snack at WDW. I think my DW actually likes it better than her beloved chocolate-covered ice cream Mickey Ears.

It's funny, we had never heard of or seen one before and there was no line when we went late afternoon, so we had no idea what we were getting...it just sounded good because it was about 96 degrees.

We'll probably have 4 or 5 each on our trip in a couple of weeks!!

It's a "must-have" if you've never tried one. It's the "Space Mountain" of WDW food :thumbsup2

emlutz23
07-27-2007, 12:39 PM
You can get it as a float with pineapple juice (pictured in the OP) or as just the soft serve in a dish. Both are delicious!

emlutz23
07-27-2007, 12:46 PM
Just last week I discovered a reason to book the Poly.....

They have DoleWhips in their quick service restaurant! Open 24hrs a day :cool1:

Do you mean at Captain Jack's snack company? I have been there twice before but at 4:30 am while waiting for my husband to start the Half-Marathon and I didn't notice them. I was probably too tired!

My brother, who is going with us in Sept, is bound and determined to get one before he leaves on his day of departure, but Aloha Isle won't be open in time.

Girly_Qs
07-27-2007, 03:32 PM
It's a "must-have" if you've never tried one. It's the "Space Mountain" of WDW food :thumbsup2

Now, if that's not the ultimate endorsement . . . I don't know what is! I *promise* it's now on my 'must' list! ;)

scotlass
07-27-2007, 06:22 PM
where do can you get them ?

after reading this thread i think my vacation will be a loss without one....!!!

Brian_WDW74
07-27-2007, 06:26 PM
You can get them at Aloha Isle in Adventureland or at Capt. Cook's in the Polynesian.

scotlass
07-27-2007, 06:28 PM
thank you Brian.....i love having new things to try in "The World "

Shell0616
07-27-2007, 07:58 PM
Just last week I discovered a reason to book the Poly.....

They have DoleWhips in their quick service restaurant! Open 24hrs a day :cool1:

Thanks so much for sharing this! :goodvibes

Bama_C
07-28-2007, 12:39 AM
:rotfl2: That was pretty funny (at least to me, here, now.) for you ...there... and then... I am sure you were ready to throw something by the time you got the DW. Thank goodness you didn't throw the DW! :laughing: I am quite sure it was worth the wait.

Thanks so much for entertaining us :thumbsup2 and for making us drool with that fabulous photo!!

pixiedust: Pixie dusting you!! pixiedust:

Leigha
07-30-2007, 10:19 AM
Has anyone tried the mix?? I see it is two colors and wondered if it tasted good.