Ode to the Citrus Swirl

photo courtesy of theme park review

Adventureland in Magic Kingdom is home to two of the best frozen snacks at Walt Disney World: The Dole Whip and The Citrus Swirl.  The Dole Whip is the favorite for most people.  Me?  I’m in the minority.  I love the Citrus Swirl.  I love most things with orange flavoring.  To me, it just tastes great.  Let’s take a closer look at the Citrus Swirl.

Besides its great orange flavor, the Citrus Swirl has another advantage over the Dole Whip….a much shorter line.  Because it is not in as high demand as the Dole Whip, the line to get a Citrus Swirl is much shorter than Dole Whip.  There have been times when I’ve gotten in line for a Citrus Swirl and my wife has gotten in line for a Dole Whip at the same time.  I’ve been able to get my Citrus Swirl and fully consume it before my wife even gets her Dole Whip.  On hot day, what you rather be doing: enjoying your frozen snack or waiting in line for your frozen snack?  I’d rather be enjoying my frozen snack.

photo courtesy of inside the magic

Another great thing about the Citrus Swirl is it has a mascot.  ORANGEBIRD!  Orangebird was created by Walt Disney World for the Florida Citrus Commission to promote Florida Orange Juice.  In exchange, the Florida Citrus Commission became the first sponsor of the Enchanted Tiki Room.  In the early days of the Magic Kingdom, Orangebird even walked around Adventureland to meet guests.

photo courtesy of omniluxe

Orangebird disappeared from the Magic Kingdom when the Florida Citrus Commission and Walt Disney World distanced themselves from Anita Bryant during the late 70s.

Another fact about Orangebird is that he never talks only thinks in thought bubbles.

We have the Japanese and their Orange Day Festival for the return of Orangebird.  Guests to Tokyo Disneyland became enamored with the character and over time that demand came to the United States and Orangebird made his return the Sunshine Tree Terrace and has the mascot of the tasty Citrus Swirl.

photo courtesy of Disney dreaming


And when you bring an Orangebird home with you, he doesn’t like snow.



For more frozen treats at Disney,
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3 thoughts on “Ode to the Citrus Swirl”

  1. OK, I have a confession to make … I ADORE that little Orange Bird (as you well know), but I have never had a Citrus Swirl. I got so hooked on the Dole Whip that I haven’t allowed myself to try it. I promise I will next time, though – after all, I love an orange creamsicle and I have a feeling it tastes something like that, right?

    I want those pins! I have a little collection of Orange Bird pins that I’ve traded, but none of them have words on them. I need to find this set!

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