No visit to central Florida is complete without a journey through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. The twin lands, which include Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, have grown into some of central Florida’s most beloved theme park attractions. Universal’s loving attention to J.K. Rowlings’ most miniscule details truly bring Harry Potter fans into the world she’s created, and the lavish theming doesn’t stop with the rides and attractions. At the Wizarding World, you’re invited to eat like a wizard!

We have a look at the best Wizarding World dining at Universal Orlando, from snacks and beverages to entrees and desserts. Come hungry, because there’s a lot of magical goodness here!

There's no shortage of sweets at Honeyduke's, the Hogsmeade candy shop with all sorts of wizard specialties. Photo: Flirkc/ancalderonp

There’s no shortage of sweets at Honeyduke’s, the Hogsmeade candy shop with all sorts of wizard specialties. Photo: Flickr/ancalderonp

What to drink at the Wizarding World:

The must-Instagram shot of the Wizarding World: your first butterbeer. Photo: Flickr/Harshlight

The must-Instagram shot of the Wizarding World: your first butterbeer. Photo: Flickr/Harshlight

The obvious answer to this is, of course, butterbeer. There’s no more signature wizard’s brew than butterbeer, which is a non-alcoholic concoction Harry and his friends love to order every chance they get. At Universal Orlando, butterbeer is a foam-topped, butterscotch-caramel-cream soda hybrid which you can find sold all over the Wizarding World. Butterbeer is usually served cold or frozen, but on the chilliest days of the year you can sometimes find it hot, which gets rave reviews.

Harry and friends’ other favorite drink is pumpkin juice. This fall-flavored beverage has pumpkin spice notes along with pineapple and apple juice. Sounds a little fruity to come from a gourd, but we figure wizards know best, so we go with it!

In the Wizarding World there are no sodas, but plenty of fizzy drinks. In Diagon Alley, you can try Tongue Tying Lemon Squash if you’re in the mood for lemonade, or Peachtree Fizzing Tea if it’s an iced tea kind of afternoon. (No word yet on what you would call a blend of the two, since they don’t have Arnold Palmers in the magical world, either.)

If all the theme park merriment has you looking for a bar, you’ll have to visit Hogsmeade for the Hog’s Head Pub, where you can find Fire Whiskey (with a hot cinnamon-spice burn) along with a fully stocked bar. And because it’s the Wizarding World, there’s a stuffed hog’s head which occasional snarls at the bar crowd.

What to snack on at the Wizarding World:

You'll have no trouble spotting where to find ice cream in Diagon Alley! Photo: Flickr/irulan_amy1547

You’ll have no trouble spotting where to find ice cream in Diagon Alley! Photo: Flickr/irulan_amy

A book series based upon schoolchildren naturally pays a lot of attention to sugar, and the Wizarding World delivers with Florian Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor, in Diagon Alley, and Honeydukes sweetshop, in Hogsmeade.

If you’ve also been wondering what strawberry-peanut butter ice cream tastes like ever since you read about Harry and Hermione ordering it, this is your chance. Florian Fortescue’s also offers whimsical wizarding-inspired flavors like chocolate chili and lavender.

Once you’re full of ice cream, ride the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade so you can stock up on some candy to go from Honeydukes. Fan favorites like chocolate frogs, Fizzing Whizbees, and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans line the shelves.

Where to have a meal at the Wizarding World:

Shepherds Pies from the Three Broomsticks, in Hogshead. Photo: Flickr/harshlight

Shepherds Pies from the Three Broomsticks, in Hogshead. Photo: Flickr/harshlight

Ready to sit and stay awhile? You’ll find a few options for dining that faithfully draw on the details from the Harry Potter book and film series. In Hogsmeade, try Three Broomsticks, a dark and cool respite from central Florida’s very un-British heat and humidity. The food is British, with shepherd’s pie and fish and chips on the menu. You can also order up a meal family-style with the Great Feast Platter, a meal for four which includes rotisserie chicken, ribs, corn on the cob, roasted vegetables, and salad. (See the entire menu from TouringPlans.com here.)

In Diagon Alley, you can dine at the Leaky Cauldron, just as Harry Potter did on his first foray into the wizarding world. Split the ploughman’s board, a charcuterie board with a Scotch egg, pickles, cheeses, and apple beet salad, for an authentic English flavor you might not expect in a theme park. The sticky toffee pudding comes topped with ice cream, in case you haven’t had enough sugar yet, and is a great riff on the British original. (See the entire menu from TouringPlans.com here.)

One important tip on visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort:

Remember that the two sections of Wizarding World are divided between two theme parks. Hogsmeade/Hogwarts is in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Diagon Alley is in Universal Studios Florida. You can travel between the two on the Hogwarts Express, but only if you have a park-to-park ticket! Don’t worry, you can upgrade your one-park tickets if you already have them.

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