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The Best Wizarding World of Harry Potter Food at Universal Orlando

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Whether you’re headed to Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley, you can experience a magical culinary journey in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter is full of unique snacks, meals and even desserts that will place you right into the story! Here is a complete list of the best Wizarding World of Harry Potter food that you have to try as you eat your way through Universal Orlando Resort.

Outlined below is a route fit for a wizard on a break from school headed home for holiday. You’ll start in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and then venture by way of the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. There is so much to try along the way!

Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley…

1. Traditional English Breakfast from Three Broomsticks

Schools out and you feel like royalty. Step into Three Broomsticks for your usual: the Traditional Breakfast. And don’t forget your Hot Tea. 

2. Fresh Fruit from The Magic Neep Cart

Fruit makes for a refreshing snack to hold you until lunch and keep you cool as you run any last errands while you’re in town.

3. Three Broomsticks Shepherd’s Pie

Leaving to board the train for Holiday means you won’t be back for a while so you might as well have a satisfying send off. Nothing beats the Shepherd’s Pie at Three Broomsticks.

4. No-Melt Ice Cream from Honeydukes

What better delicacy to tip towards the castle than the mysterious pumpkin-flavoured No Melt Ice Cream? Every bite stays fluffy and creamy as you wait for the train!

5. The Leaky Cauldron Fish & Chips

A plate of crispy Fish & Chips makes for a warm welcome home.

6. The Leaky Cauldron Butterbeer Potted Cream: While you’re at the Leaky Cauldron, don’t forget to end your dinner with a proper dessert. A mason jar full of Butterbeer Potted Cream is sure to please every Butterbeer enthusiast. 

7. The Fountain of Fair Fortune Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice: Diagon Alley makes for the perfect evening stroll and is even better with a drink in hand. Swing by The Fountain of Fair Fortune for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic varieties. Pictured above is the Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice (non-alcoholic).

8. Say Goodnight with a Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Skiving Snack Box: Three drawers full of delicious treats to munch on as the night comes to a close. Sweet dreams traveler, you’re home.

Or… in this route below, you can follow in the footsteps of a wizard heading from Diagon Alley and London to Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts castle, eating and snacking along the way.

Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade…

1. Egg, Leek & Mushroom Pasty at Leaky CauldronA warm biscuit like pastry filled with scrambled eggs and veggies is a delicious way to start the day. 

2. Sugarplum’s Sweetshop Butterbeer Fudge & Chocolate Fudge: It’s only fitting that you dip into Diagon Alley for last minute school supplies. A few morsels of Butterbeer and Chocolate Fudge are perfect to snack on while you shop.

3. Ploughman’s Platter at the Leaky Cauldron: Is it lunch, or perhaps brunch? Either way, Ploughman’s Platter serves up a fresh array of cheeses, bread, veggies and even scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs covered in crispy sausage—yes, these exist!).

4. Florean Fortescue’s Earl Grey & Lavender Ice Cream: Afternoon tea, ice cream style. This is the last stop before you exit Diagon Alley, so why not leave on a sweet note?

5. Jacket Potato from London Taxi Cart: London is home of the Jacket Potato. Choose from Loaded, Broccoli and Cheddar, Bean and Cheese, or Shepherd’s Pie topping. It’s the perfect pre-train snack, or enjoy it while on the train!

6. Chocolate Frog from HoneydukesWelcome to Hogsmeade! Grab a sweet treat to hold you until dinner. After your train ride, you just might be craving a chocolate frog!

7. Great Feast Platter from Three BroomsticksGather around the table with your traveling companions. The Great Feast is piled high with both chicken and ribs, separated only by morsels of roasted potatoes and vegetables. Don’t forget it comes with salad too!

8. Three Broomsticks Fresh Baked Apple Pie: Warm spiced apples under a sweet drizzled crumble. Big enough to share…or keep to yourself and be very happy.

Travel Tip: Refer to this guide next time you’re in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and want an authentic dining experience.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

10 Unique Treats in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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10 Unique Treats in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

By now, you’re probably familiar with the creamy, butterscotch concoction called Butterbeer. You may have even tossed back a glass or 10, and we don’t blame you – it’s life changing! But the next time you visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, keep your wits about you… There are so many other magical things to consume. Here are some of the greatest treats in Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Pumpkin Juice – The Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head pub and Honeydukes

Pumpkin. Spice. Everything. Straight from the stories and perfect for winter (and really any season), this drink is also available exclusively at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Let the sweet, sweet pumpkin flavor wash over you as you stare happily at the collectible bottle you’ll be taking home.

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Hog’s Head Brew and Dragon Scale Beer – Hog’s Head Pub, The Three Broomsticks

PSA: There are three different beers created especially for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and they’re bloody brilliant! Kick back at the Hog’s Head Pub with Hog’s Head Brew, an Irish red. Or if you’d like an amber lager, try Dragon Scale. And collect them all when you hop the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley and take in a Wizard’s Brew.

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Something Sweet – Honeydukes

All of the glorious delicacies you fell in love with on paper now exist at Honeydukes for your taste buds’ pleasure!

  • Chocolate Frogs – Encounter the enchanting chocolates from Harry’s first trip to the trolley cart here at Hogsmeade, and start your own card collection. Dibs on Gilderoy Lockhart!
  • Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans – For the most adventurous of us, these candies ranging from delicious to disgusting provide quite the thrill. You may get lucky with tutti-frutti or marshmallow, you may experience the oddity of grass, or you could end up with – Alas! Earwax.
  • Exploding Bonbons – Next, devour some Exploding Bonbons: white chocolates with crunchy orange and pineapple-flavored centers.
  • Fizzing Whizzbees – Fizzing Whizzbees are milk chocolates with carbonated centers that erupt into a chorus of popping in your mouth.
  • Sherbet Lemons – Dumbledore’s favorite is also here for you to sample. These lemons are covered in sugar that dissolves to leave a tart, sour candy.
  • Cauldron Cakes – A scrumptious combination of cupcake, chocolate mousse and white chocolate, Cauldron Cakes will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Pepper Imps – For cinnamon lovers, these small and spicy red candies pack a punch!
  • Jelly Slugs – You might balk at the name, but these fruity, chewy gummies are the perfect addition to your growing armful of goodies.

There you have it! In the comments below, tell us which non-Butterbeer treats you recommend at Hogsmeade.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

15 Unique Treats in Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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15 Unique Treats in Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

No trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter can feel complete without a belly full of Butterbeer. But what if you want to branch out and try something new? Here are some other delectable treats in Diagon Alley that you’ll still be craving when you’re back in the Muggle world.

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Pick Your Flavor – Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour

Straight from the books and movies, Florean’s yummy creations live on in Diagon Alley! With so many curious and wonderful flavors, you can’t go wrong.

  • Chocolate Chili Ice Cream – Both sweet and spicy for those who crave the extraordinary.
  • Strawberry and Peanut-Butter Ice-Cream – This flavor will help you relive your school lunch days.
  • Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream – Put your pinkies up because now we’re getting sophisticated. Tea lovers can experience their favorite drink in frozen form.
  • Salted Caramel Blondie Ice Cream – Salted caramel mingles with super creamy goodness and Blondie brownie bits to leave you smiling after every bite.
  • Butterbeer Ice Cream – Okay, okay… This isn’t exactly “beyond Butterbeer.”  But who could resist a mouthwatering bite of the Butterbeer flavor in soft-serve form? (No one can resist. The answer is no one.)

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Fishy Green Ale – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Looking for a drink on another Ordinary Wizarding Level? Fishy Green Ale comes with an oversized straw and a bed of blueberry “fish eggs” at the bottom. The consistency is creamy and the aroma is mint with a hint of cinnamon.

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Gillywater – Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment

This water is perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot Diagon Alley day. And for those curious about the art of potion-making, our witches and wizards can add such tonics as Fire Protection Potion, Babbling Beverage, Draught of Peace and Elixir to Induce Euphoria.

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Tongue Tying Lemon Squash – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

This isn’t your Muggle’s lemonade. Tart and tangy with a hint of vanilla, your lips will pucker at the mere thought of Tongue Tied Lemon Squash. And your taste buds will thank you after the first sip.

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Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

A carbonated cup of deliciousness with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon and sugar on the rim. Need we say more?

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Peachtree Fizzing Tea – Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Fresh off its appearance in your favorite Harry Potter films, this concoction has a fizzing volume of a whopping 87%. Peach and a hint of ginger bubble up to the glee of all who thirst for something special and effervescent in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Wizard’s Brew and Dragon Scale Beer – The Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

Beer is good. Beer made exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is even better! For those who like something dark, Wizard’s Brew is a sweet stout with notes of chocolate and coffee. Dragon Scale is an amber lager – also sure to please. Take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade to find Hog’s Head Brew and complete the trifecta.

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Fire Whisky – The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot

If you’re wanting the strong stuff, Fire Whisky is the way to go. Cinnamon in flavor, you can order this one in single or double-shot form or get it as a mixed drink. No matter what, it goes down smooth and gives you the liquid courage you’ll need to brave Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.

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Skiving Snackbox – Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Next time you’re looking to get out of a meeting or class, Fred and George have you covered. The set includes:

  • Fainting Fancies: sugary citrus gummies
  • Nosebleed Nougat: milk chocolate-covered marshmallow with pistachios
  • Fever Fudge: vanilla fudge with spicy, hot jelly beans
  • Puking Pastilles: sticky green and purple sweets

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Sugar Quills – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

Sugary, lollipop-like quills that actually write, these come in a variety of flavors. Practice the art of sucking on them thoughtfully while pondering your next revelation of a sentence.

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Pumpkin Pasties – Sugarplum’s Sweetshop

You know you’ve been wanting to try Pumpkin Pasties, one of Harry’s first wizarding treats. Baked pastries filled with saccharine goodness, these are essential for any fan of pumpkin flavored anything.

As you can see, you will have no trouble finding a feast of fun food and drinks to try at Diagon Alley. Boy are your Muggle friends going to be jealous.

In the comments below, tell us which wizarding world treats you recommend at Diagon Alley.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Harry Potter Vacation Package at Universal Orlando Resort

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley is set to open later this month and bring you into the world of Harry Potter unlike ever before. You will be able to eat at the Leaky Cauldron, enjoy a frozen treat from Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, venture into Gringotts Bank, wander down Knockturn Alley, ride Hogwarts Express, and more! Along with this amazing expansion, Universal Orlando is now offering an exclusive Harry Potter vacation package! 

The incredible Harry Potter vacation package includes the following:

  • 4-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket
  • Breakfast at the Leaky CauldronTM in Universal Studios Florida® – one per person
  • Breakfast at the Three BroomsticksTM in Universal’s Islands of Adventure® – one per person
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM one hour before the theme parks open
  • Special themed Welcome Parcel
    • Souvenir owl post
    • Welcome letter

You can choose from both on-site and Universal Partner hotels for your accommodations with the Harry Potter vacation package. This package is available to book now through July 31, 2014 for travel between June 29, 2014 and December 31, 2014. These Harry Potter vacation packages start as little as $135 per person, per night!

Are you planning to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley this year?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, the Universal Orlando Agency of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Journey on the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando This Summer

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You will have the opportunity to ride the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade to Diagon Alley this summer at Universal Orlando Resort! With a park to park ticket, you will be able to explore both lands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and use Hogwarts Express as your transportation between the two areas.

Once you pass through platform 9 ¾™, you can board the Hogwarts™ Express from King’s Cross Station in London, found inside Universal Studios Florida® theme park, and then travel to the Hogsmeade™ Station, which is located inside of Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme park. You can also ride the train back in the other direction. It’s a different experience each way!

On your Hogwarts Express journey, you will pass by the city of London and English countryside  and you may even encounter characters from in the films. For the first time, Muggles™ will be allowed to ride the famous train. This will truly be a unique and enchanting experience with the magical world that the whole family is sure to enjoy!

Stay tuned for more details as they are released and we will let you know of the official opening date as soon as it’s confirmed!

Be sure to check out the video Universal Orlando has just released for Hogwarts Express, too:

Are you going to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley and ride Hogwarts Express when it opens this summer?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, the Universal Orlando Agency of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley Expansion Update at Universal Orlando

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The Universal Orlando Resort opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure back in 2010. This area allowed you to visit Hogsmeade and step into Harry Potter’s adventure for the first time. Now with the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios this summer, you will be able to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter like never before. You can travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade via Hogwarts Express with a park to park ticket.

Here is an overview of the exciting additions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that can only be found in Diagon Alley!

Attractions:

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  • Diagon Alley- Visit Ollivanders to see a wand choose a wizard or Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to choose an assortment of magical jokes. You can dine at Leaky Cauldron or try a treat from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour. You will also find the goblin-run Gringotts bank at the far end, home to Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
  • Knockturn Alley- A gloomy back street just off Diagon Alley, Knockturn Alley offers everything practitioners of the Dark Arts could need. If you are brave enough to venture here, you will find shops and storefronts for Dark Magic, including Borgin and Burkes.

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  • King’s Cross- You can climb aboard the Hogwarts Express here and travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade with a park to park ticket. You can enjoy views of London as well as characters and creatures from the Harry Potter films.

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  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts- This multi-dimensional thrill ride will be an experience unlike any other. Your journey will take you deep underground and put you right in the middle of the action. Plus, you just might see Harry, Ron, and Hermoine along the way.

Shopping:

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  • Borgin and Burkes- This is Knockturn Alley’s most infamous shop, with a variety of Dark Objects available.
  • Madam Malkin’s- You will find every piece of wizardwear you can imagine here along with other apparel and jewelry inspired by the four school houses.

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  • Ollivanders- As makers of fine wands since 382 B.C., this is the premier wand shop. You will be able to watch how a wand chooses a wizard and even purchase your own wand.
  • Quality Quidditch Supplies- Here you will find everything you could need to play the most popular sport in the wizarding world. There will be both apparel and equipment so you can show your support for your favorite team.

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  • Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes- This colorful three-story shop will be home to an array of novelty items, magical jokes, and toys that are sure to please and amaze the mischievous child in all of us.

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  • Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment- You can pick up your wizarding essentials here with a variety of wizarding wares and supplies such as telescopes, binoculars, magnifying glasses, and hour glasses as well as unique apparel and accessories from your favorite Hogwarts house.

Food and Beverage:

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  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour- You can indulge your sweet side with unique frozen treats like strawberry and peanut butter ice cream.
  • Leaky Cauldron- You can satisfy your appetite at this popular gathering place for witches and wizards. You will enjoy delicious pub fare such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, cottage pie as well as classic drinks including Butterbeer and pumpkin juice.

Who wants to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Diagon Alley when it opens?

Plan a Universal Orlando vacation with us and enjoy a FREE butterbeer on us!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, the Universal Orlando Travel Agency Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley: Coming to Universal Orlando in 2014

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley is coming to the Universal Orlando® Resort next summer. In 2014, there will be two unique theme park experiences to bring even more of Harry Potter’s journey to life like never before! You will be able to enjoy Hogwarts castle and the streets of Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and the brand new London’s Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. Plus, you can ride the HogwartsExpress between Hogsmeade and King’s Cross stations when you have a Park-to-Park Ticket.

The brand-new Diagon Alley will be hidden behind a facade of London landmarks. You will be able to explore some of the most famous shops and establishments in the magical world of Harry Potter. Then, you can discover an innovative new ride inside of the goblin-run Gringotts bank.

Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando is already home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade. Here, you can stroll through Hogsmeade™ village and visit Honeydukes™ and other wizarding shops. You can grab a bite to eat at the Three Broomsticks™ or try a frothy Butterbeer™ at the Hog’s Head™ pub. If you’re feeling brave, you can try to take on the Hungarian Horntail or Chinese Fireball on the exciting Dragon Challenge™ roller coasters, or enjoy a more leisurely ride on Flight of the Hippogriff™. Then, you can explore the corridors of Hogwarts™ castle and even fly with Harry on the groundbreaking ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Universal Studios Travel Agency Partner of the Year. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you! Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information.