Welcome to Halloween Time at Disneyland! Let’s eat some vegan food!
On the first day of Halloween Time this year, I went all around the Disneyland Resort and found as many vegan items as I could, and I was able to find some hidden gems along with the clearly marked vegan options. There are definitely more options on the specialty Halloween menus than last year, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement. If you have a moment, please write Disneyland a polite email to request more vegan options in the future.
Paradise Garden Grill:
We’ll start with the most obvious vegan option, which is the Vegan Tortitas de Papa at Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure. This item is clearly labeled as fully vegan, so there is no need for modifications. It is described on the menu as “Vegan crispy potato cakes with sautéed spinach, ranchero salsa, golden rice and pickled onion salad.” It also has a vegan cheese (I believe it is daiya) sprinkled on top of the potato cakes.
If you’ve had the veganized Potato Skins at Lamplight Lounge, these are very similar to those. They are crispy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. They are a bit of a smaller portion than the Potato Skins at Lamplight Lounge. These Tortitas de Papa are a great meal as well, but the portion might be a bit on the small side if you have a big appetite. I also got the Ensalada de Frutas to go with it:
This Ensalada de Frutas has watermelon, jicama, pineapple, mango, cucumber, and lime, drizzled with chamoy sauce and tajín. It has been on the menu on and off here over the years, and now it has been included with the Plaza de la Familia/Coco/Halloween Time menu here as well. It’s one of my favorites. It’s also available at Cocina Cucamonga in California Adventure (on Pacific Wharf).
They also brought back this Agua de Jamaica, which is a hibiscus slushie. I’ve had this a few times before and always really enjoyed it:
Here is the menu board for Paradise Garden Grill, with a few more notes:
I did ask whether the Mexican Hot Chocolate could be made vegan, but the mix has dairy in it. This is the case with all of the hot chocolates at the little stands throughout the parks, but you can get a vegan hot chocolate at several other locations, such as the Starbucks (Market House in Disneyland, Fiddler Fifer and Practical in DCA, Downtown Disney [2 locations], and Tangaroa Terrace/Trader Sams in the Disneyland Hotel). To make a Mexican Hot Chocolate at Starbucks, first choose a soy/almond/coconut milk hot chocolate, then add mocha syrup (1 pump tall, 1.5 grande, 2 venti) and cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps tall, 3 grande, 4 venti).
Outdoor Vending Cart near Paradise Garden Grill:
Near Paradise Garden Grill, there is a little vending card with empanadas. You won’t see this one listed on the pamphlet that you get in the parks, the Food Guide for Halloween Time, but it is just a little extra cart there. They do list it on the Disney Parks blog’s Foodie Guide to Halloweentime as the “Paradise Gardens Special Event Cart.”
I walked by and saw the menu board with the apple empanadas on it, and I thought it was a major long shot and that it was silly to even ask, but I figured, just for the sake of being as thorough as possible, I’m going to see if they have an ingredients list.
And they did end up having an ingredients list, which you can read below, and it turns out to be vegan!
Please note that it does have palm oil. If you are interested in my stance on palm oil, please listen to this episode The Joyful Vegan: Food for Thought podcast, where Colleen Patrick-Goudreau gives the most thorough and reasoned description of how palm oil is produced and whether it makes sense for us to boycott it.
So here is the Apple Empanada!
Even though it’s only accidentally vegan, I still think it is progress that we now have a vegan baked good on a seasonal menu at Disneyland. We don’t even really have vegan baked goods or desserts on regular menus, so this is quite unexpected. Hopefully if it sells well, they will realize that it being vegan played a role in that, and they will be encouraged to offer more vegan baked goods in the future.
The Sonoma Terrace is the area just past the Wine Country Trattoria Restaurant, on the right side before you get to Paradise Garden Grill. It is a wine tasting patio with a lot of seating, sort of opposite the bay where World of Color plays.
Here they have the Snake Eyes Sludge, described on the menu as “Edamame hummus dip with olive tapenade ‘bugs’ and dragon fruit ‘dice’ served with grilled flatbread triangles.” A chef at Sonoma Terrace told me that this dish is 100% vegan with no modifications. I asked specifically about whether the bread was vegan (i.e. no dairy, eggs, or honey), and I was told that the bread, along with the rest of the dish, is fully vegan.
This item is really easy to miss because it isn’t listed in the Halloween Food Guide pamphlet, but it is on the menu board there at Sonoma Terrace when you walk by, and it is on the Disney parks blog guide to Halloween Time food.
Here is a rundown on the seasonal drinks that I was able to verify as vegan:
- Forbidden Fruit: Vodka Cocktail with Flavors of Green Apple, Lime Juice, with Rimmed Sugar and Tonic
- Underworld Libation: Rum Cocktail with Flavors of Hawaiian Tropical Fruit and Cotton Candy Garnish
- Beer and Cider:
Here is the menu board:
Gourmet Coffee Stand
This coffee cart is near the entrance to Pixar Pier. They always have soy and almond milk to make their various coffee drinks with. For the special Halloween menu, they have added this Frog’s Breath drink, which is a Frozen lime and coconut cocktail with raspberry swirl and candy topping (nerds). It is made with Bacardi Rum and coconut milk. I triple checked that it is only coconut milk, and that there is no dairy involved otherwise.
The cocktail itself is vegan, but the toppings (whipped cream and nerds) are not, so just ask for the drink without the whipped cream and nerds on top. Nerds have carmine, which is a red dye made from crushed beetle bodies. Note that the menu board doesn’t say anything about the whipped cream, but it does come standard with the whipped cream, so don’t forget to ask to omit it.
I didn’t try this one myself, but Disneyland Jessie did a taste test for me. You can hear her review over on my Instagram Stories under the “Halloweentime 2019” story highlight. Basically she said it’s a sweet cocktail that tastes like lime and raspberry and that you can’t taste the alcohol very much at all.
Boudin Bakery Cart (and other Snack Carts throughout DCA)
At the Boudin Bakery Cart on Pacific Wharf, as well as at the Fairfax Market on Hollywood Blvd, Mortimer’s Market on Buena Vista Street, and sometime Fillmore’s in Cars Land, you can get this loaf of Mickey sourdough bread with Vampire Fangs. All of the sourdough loaves from the Boudin Bakery in DCA are vegan.
Here they have the same drink from last year, the Green Apple Spell Lemonade. It has the same popping pearls that are used in many locations throughout the parks (for example Bing Bong’s on Pixar Pier), and you can see an ingredients list for those in my last comprehensive guide for DCA. I did try this Green Apple Spell Lemonade last year and it was pretty good, but the sour apple flavor isn’t really my thing. But the drink is all vegan and if you’re into that kind of flavor, you’ll probably like it!
Studio Catering Co. Truck
This food truck is at the end of Hollywood Blvd near the Monster’s Inc attraction. Their Plant-Based Tacos and the veganized Backlot Nachos, by the way, are my favorite meal in the parks right now! For Halloween Time, they’ve added a drink that is vegan, the Eerie Elixir, which is a green apple slush with a souvenir poison apple glow cube:
The drink is really beautiful with the color contrast between the green and purple, and the glow cube is super adorable. I liked this one a bit better than the Green Apple Spell Lemonade because it wasn’t quite as sour, maybe it was a bit more mild because it is frozen and not just straight up green apple syrup. I’d still say that the drink looks better than it tastes though.
Over at Award Wieners on Hollywood Blvd in DCA, they haven’t added any vegan food options, but there is a Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest beer. All Sierra Nevada beers are listed vegan on Barnivore.
Clarabelle’s Ice Cream
I did ask the chef at Clarabelle’s about this Spiked Hard Apple Float, since there was a chance that the Apple Sorbet would be vegan. It turns out that it has egg whites (just like the watermelon sorbet from the Sandianada which was here previously. You can see an ingredients list for that on my last DCA comprehensive guide).
So there’s nothing vegan at Clarabelle’s at the moment; everything has either dairy or eggs. The Mangoanda, which was previously the only vegan item here over the summer, is off the menu now. There is still the mixed berry sorbet, but you would have to get it plain, without any dip or toppings, since they (even the dark chocolate) all contain dairy.
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Here they have a Poison Apple-Tini: “Apple whiskey, apple pucker schnapps and cranberry juice.” I didn’t try it, but those ingredients are vegan. Please let me know if you try it and what you think!
This is the beer stand near Monster’s Inc and the Studio Catering Co Truck. They have a bunch of seasonal beers for Halloween Time.
- Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (Draft Beer): Verified Vegan on Barnivore
These two drinks should be vegan without the gummy worms:
- My Bugs! My Bugs! – Limeade slush with grenadine and gummy worms
- Worms, Dice & Everything Nice – Midori-limeade slush and gummy worms
And these two are vegan:
- Ghoulish Delight – Cotton candy lemonade
- Supernatural Spirit – Cotton candy vodka and cotton candy lemonade
Outdoor Vending Carts throughout DCA and Disneyland
There is Candy Corn Cotton Candy again this year at the various vending carts. The bags have the ingredients lists on them, and they appear to be vegan (just sugar and dye).
At Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland, they have a Blood Orange Slush: “Blood orange slush with a swirl of raspberry sauce.” This one is vegan as-is:
And on the menu board:
If you’ve had those San Pellegrino blood orange sodas, it’s very similar to that. I really enjoyed this one; it was my favorite drink of the day. It is also quite pretty and well themed with the blood effect. This is the one I’ll be getting again before Halloween Time is over for sure.
Mint Julep Bar
Over at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square (on the back side of the French Market), they have a Blackberry Midnight Julep, which is Blackberry, citrus and mint flavors with lychee “moon.” It’s not brand new (it’s been here for a couple of weeks), but it was included on the Halloween Time Food Guide, so it is part of the Halloween menu:
Here’s a better view of the lychee moon, it’s just a lychee:
Over at Harbour Galley in Critter Country (just past the Haunted Mansion on the right side, along the Rivers of America), they have a drink that can be modified to be vegan. The 13th-Hour Brew is Iced Coffee that normally comes with Vanilla Cream, but you can order it without the vanilla cream. It would be a bit expensive for a plain iced coffee, but this location doesn’t normally sell iced coffee at all, so if you were in this area of the park and really wanted an iced coffee without going all the way to Starbucks, it might be worth it for convenience’s sake.
Royal Street Veranda
I did ask about the Pickwick Punch since it had potential, but I’ll save you the time of waiting in line by reporting that it is not vegan. On the Food Guide pamphlet, it doesn’t mention anything about sherbert, but when you get to the menu board there, it says it has sherbert, and I asked the cast member to check just in case, and he said that it does indeed have dairy, so this one isn’t vegan.
Rancho del Zocalo
This one would be quite a hack and I didn’t get around to it on the first day, but maybe it would work, and I wanted to put the idea out there. They have these “Long-Forgotten Dueling Tacos” on their Halloween menu, which are: “Two fry bread tacos featuring grilled fajita beef and braised butter chicken served with Mexican rice and pickled vegetables.”
So the new element here is the fry bread, which I’m assuming is vegan, but I would need to ask first, and then the idea would be to get them to put the cauliflower taco fillings onto the fry bread instead. I’m not sure if they would be willing to do it, since it is quite out of the box and they sometimes don’t like to make too many modifications here. Please let me know if you try this one out and if it works!
The Coffee Shop
The Disneyland Hotel Coffee Shop is making Pumpkin Spice Lattes for Halloween Time, and they are a completely different recipe than the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. At Starbucks, there is dairy in the pumpkin syrup, so there is no way to veganize it there even with the soy/almond/coconut milk.
But here at the Disneyland Hotel Coffee Shop, they make their pumpkin spice lattes simply by making a regular latte (with soy or almond milk) and adding Monin Pumpkin Syrup, making it all vegan! Monin states on their website that all of their syrups are vegan except for the honey one.
Here is my soy pumpkin spice latte:
Here is the Monin pumpkin syrup:
Paradise Pier Hotel
At the PCH Grill and the Surfside Lounge in the Paradise Pier Hotel, they are also making the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, which should be the same at the Disneyland Hotel ones described above, but make sure to verify with your barista.
They are also making the Sea Witch, which you might know as a secret menu item from the Cove Bar. It is Rum, blue curaçao, grenadine and Sprite.
They can also make you a Sea Witch at the Sand Bar, which is the bar on the 3rd floor of the Paradise Pier Hotel, next to the rooftop pool.
That’s all I was able to find! I hope that this has been helpful as you plan your trips to the parks during Halloween Time! And please tag me on Instagram in your vegan food photos — I love hearing about your delicious food adventures in the parks!
Please head over to my Instagram for all of the latest updates on what’s vegan in Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney, and the Hotels. Also check out my Comprehensive Guides to vegan options all around the Disneyland Resort: