Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-serve @ Tiki Juice Bar

Price: $4.19

When: June 4, 2016, 3:10 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

The Tiki Juice Bar is a Disneyland institution. Situated in front of the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Juice Bar has been serving pineapple-flavored snacks – including the famous Dole Whip – for decades. It’s a classic. An original.

We’re giving it a shot.

The first thing you need to know about the Tiki Juice Bar is that it always has a crazy line. Always. Doesn’t matter if it’s morning, noon, or night; sun, rain, snow; someone pulled a fire alarm. The line endures. Expect 10-30 people to be ahead of you.

(The line is so chronic that Disney now has a Cast Member walking the queue, iPad in hand, taking orders and payment. By the time you get to the counter, you’re just picking up your goodies. Go, operational efficiency!)

The sun is hot. The line is long. The Cast Member materializes. We order the “Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-serve”and hope for the best.

The line moves, and we eventually find ourselves at the counter. We are handed a shallow plastic cup with a tall dollop of soft-serve ice cream in it. Smiles are exchanged. Spoons are grabbed. And then we start looking for a shady place to enjoy it.

The presentation of this is pretty raw: soft-serve, slightly yellow in color. Simple plastic dish. There’s nothing special here.

In terms of flavor: surprisingly, it’s not great. Look, I know this is super-popular. But I was several spoonfuls in and kept wondering what all the fuss was about.

First, the flavor of the soft serve is very, very mild pineapple. There’s not much oomph. Compounding the problem, the flavor is fake pineapple. Elaine quipped, “It’s like eating gummy bears.” She’s right. It’s that generic, plastic-candy taste.

I don’t recommend this. The soft-serve at Paradise Pier Ice Cream Company is a zillion times better, and you’ll walk away happier. Skip this (and the line).