Dole Whip + Rum = A Dream Come True at Disney World

Dole Whip with Rum!

Adding rum to Dole Whip has probably crossed the minds of many who have enjoyed that frozen pineapple treat. (Sidenote: VenTiki in Ventura makes their own version once in awhile.)

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Disney World first made that wish come true at the 2013 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival with the Pineapple Promenade booth serving up Dole Whip with Siesta Key spiced rum. Last year they followed up with versions with Parrot Bay coconut rum and Myers’s dark rum, and those two offerings soon after found a permanent home at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

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Tamu Tamu Refreshments, a counter-service spot located in the Africa section of the park, is the only place at Disney World where you can get spiked Dole Whip all year round. Apparently, “Tamu Tamu” is the Swahili equivalent of “Yum Yum,” so that’s appropriate.

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Next to the ordering area is an entryway leading into Harambe Fort, a seemingly crumbling edifice “erected 1420.” This all plays into the Imagineers’ backstory for this area’s setting, which is a fictional East African port town called Harambe. (I suggest reading more about it on the Jambo Everyone blog.)

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Here you’ll find a somewhat shaded courtyard full of tables. I’d seen this described as a quiet, hidden area to sit down but the secret must be out as there was no shortage of people the Saturday we were there.

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Be sure to admire the kigelia (also known as a sausage tree for its hanging fruit) and beautiful, “aged” walls of Swahili-inspired plaster carvings. (This is a tradition in Lamu, the coastal town in Kenya that served as the muse for Harambe.)

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Tamu Tamu’s menu offers just three savory dishes — chicken curry, vegetarian curry and African-spiced chicken salad — along with Dole Whip (regular or with coconut or dark rum), snack packs for kids, chocolate milkshakes, soda and bottled water. (EDITOR’S NOTE: As of May 2015, Tamu Tamu Refreshments is no longer serving savory food, just drinks, desserts and spiked Dole Whip.)

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The chicken curry ($9.49) is listed as mild, but it does have a bit of a kick. It’s a great alternative to your typical theme park food of pizza and burgers, though you’ll find that at the park, too, of course. (The shorter line here is also a bonus.)

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Now, on to the part we really care about: Dole Whip with rum! Technically it’s billed as pineapple whip soft serve ($6.25) but it tastes the same although the texture is softer and more like a Frosty from Wendy’s. The serving size is on the petite side if you’re used to Dole Whip floats, and there’s not all that much rum in there (the cast member guessed less than a shot), but it’s a fun novelty. I would get the coconut rum version again.

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No alcohol is served at Disneyland (except at Club 33), so we’ll probably never see anything like this at the Dole Whip stand at the Enchanted Tiki Room. However, Dole Whip can also be found at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Whipp’d, so I think I’ve got to start spiking it on my own. What rum would you pair with Dole Whip?

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Tiki Treasures from The Story of Disneyland Exhibition & Auction at Van Eaton Galleries

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Right now, the two-room space at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks (LA area) is so full of Disney treasures that it may be the next best thing to visiting The Happiest Place on Earth itself. (Also, it’s free and you’re probably less likely to catch measles.)

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It’s all part of The Story of Disneyland: An Exhibition and Sale, one anonymous person’s massive collection that will be auctioned off piece by piece on February 28 & March 1, 2015. A substantial portion of the items are on view to the public through February 27, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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The colorful castmember uniforms ($400-$600) from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room were so popular that the fabric was sold in Adventureland stores. There were a few different patterns, with my favorite being the one featured here on the left (closeup on Instagram). On the right is a vintage hostess costume ($900-$1200) complete with nametag from the now-defunct Tahitian Terrace restaurant. In the middle is an original Enchanted Tiki Room attraction poster ($10,000-$12,000).

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The Adventureland piece with the highest bidding estimate — $20,000-$30,000 — is this animatronic member of the Enchanted Tiki Room’s chorus from the 1970s. It was apparently purchased from an Imagineer who worked on the Tiki Room and it still has all the original hardware inside.

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The same can’t be said for this feathered friend, so he’s valued a little lower at just $18,000-$20,000. How did this little birdie fly away? A cast member received it as a retirement gift from their supervisor! (Sure beats a gold watch.)

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Recognize this? It’s the finial that sat atop the A-frame ticket booth at the entrance to the Enchanted Tiki Room. According to the catalog, an Imagineer rescued this one-of-a-kind piece ($15,000-$20,000) from demolition when the bamboo and wood structure had to be torn down in 2000. Later, renowned carver Leroy Schmaltz of Oceanic Arts was commissioned to make a wooden base for it.

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Not everything will cost you beaucoup bucks, though. There are lots of things in the $100-$200 range, like these Disneyland Moai salt and pepper shakers from 1956. (These seem to appear on eBay for less every now and again, but the attention for this particular auction will surely drive up the price.)

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Now this face I really couldn’t place. Turns out it’s one of three handpainted “Nature Tree Masks” ($2,000-$4,000) that adorned the trees near the loading area of the Jungle Cruise for a few years around 1956.

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There are also six “Tangaroa-Ru Babies” that descended from the flowers of the Tangaroa tree of life at the end of the Enchanted Tiki Room pre-show. Disney Legend/Imagineer Rolly Crump designed these based on Polynesian carvings. They’re estimated to go for about $3,000 each. The deep-pocketed collector could be well on their way to building their own authentic Enchanted Tiki Room.

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Rolly Crump also designed these smaller ceramic versions ($200-$400) that were sold as souvenirs at Disneyland. The catalog notes that they’re rare finds.

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Many of the artifacts were once Disney property or official souvenirs, but there are also stashes of visitors’ personal slides and photographs from over the years. I adore this picture of these ladies posing with the Marquesan tiki that used to be in Adventureland. It’s part of a bundle of 10 amateur photos at Disneyland circa 1956-1959.

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You can browse through the entire collection in the 300-page online catalog, which is also available for purchase in a soft-cover version ($30) and a hard-cover edition ($95, including a complimentary soft-cover copy). (There’s a section dedicated to Disney World’s Polynesian Resort starting on page 287.)

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Which of these items would you bid on if you had unlimited funds? I’d love this flower boat ($12,000-$15,000) from Disney World’s Enchanted Tiki Room as the centerpiece for my own tiki room. Or perhaps the Pirates of the Caribbean skeleton ($60,000-$80,000) guzzling liquor for more of a Smuggler’s Cove style…

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The Story of Disneyland
Van Eaton Galleries
13613 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818-788-2357

Shag’s Disney Cruise Line Art & Merchandise

So last weekend I was at Disneyland (again) and discovered to my dismay that the Adventureland glasses were out of stock (hopefully that’s just temporary). However I was delighted to find that Shag’s merch for the Disney Cruise line had made their debut at the Disney Gallery. Above is ‘Island Intermission,’ a limited edition giclee priced at $395.

I’m a bit more frugal than that, so I opted for the postcard set ($18) that included two cards of each of the four designs. There are those pirate kids again—I remembered them from Shag’s Pirates of the Caribbean stuff and from this diptych from his macabre show Autumn’s Come Undone.

Also on display were a coaster set, decanter, four different glasses, and two shirts (girls’ printed tee and an aloha shirt, seen below). I was kind of surprised to find all this there because the Disney blog said it would only be available on the ship.

The selection of items was pretty similar to what Disney and Shag rolled out for the Haunted Mansion’s 40th Anniversary a year and a half ago.

Since there wasn’t anything overtly tiki about all that I’ll also include Shag’s map of Disney World, with a tiki for the Polynesian Resort. This print and more will be released this summer as part of the park’s 40th anniversary celebration.