REVIEW: Pumpkin Soft Serve for Disney Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland

It’s time for Disney Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort! And one of my favorite parts of any Tokyo Disney Resort event is the array of snacks and food items available! In this series of reviews, I’ll be detailing every single new snack and counter-service item. One of the hallmarks of autumn in the United States is the advent of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Unfortunately, we don’t get that here in Japan. In fact, the concept of “pumpkin” flavor is very different from “pumpkin” in the United States. Japanese pumpkins are less sweet, leaning more on the savory side. But being a former Starbucks barista, I’m still pretty jazzed about anything pumpkin! So, let’s cool the September heat with some delicious pumpkin soft serve ice cream!

Pumpkin Soft Serve – ¥300 ($2.80)

Fun thing about Japanese ice cream: rather than vanilla as a standard flavor, milk is incredibly common. It tastes essentially like flavorless ice cream. Vanilla is still somewhat prominent, but far more often you’ll see milk as a default flavor. For this particular soft serve, you can get pumpkin, milk, or a swirl of the two! I chose plain pumpkin, because I’m not the biggest fan of milk ice cream.

It’s a somewhat small cone, to be honest. It’s the same sized cone as the Beef & Purple Sweet Potato Cone over at The Gazebo, but I think ice cream is much nicer in a cone than cooked beef and potatoes. As for the taste? It’s definitely not pumpkin spice! It errs more on the Japanese savory pumpkin side, like a spiceless pumpkin pie ice cream. I much prefer pumpkin spice-esque (or actual pumpkin pie) flavors, personally, but this was still fine! Plus the portion size actually fits the price, which is a gripe I’ve had with a couple of snacks this season. All in all, if you’re feeling hot and want something cool during a brutal, humid Tokyo afternoon, stop in and get some pumpkin soft serve! It’s available at Squeezer’s Tropical Juice Bar, Troubadour Tavern, and Rackety Raccoon’s Saloon at Tokyo Disneyland through October 31st.

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