Visiting Orlando? A trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a must for fans of the books and movies. This is your guide to the best things to eat and drink, as well as some other park tips and secrets!
Before I started dating Andrew, I had never watched any of the Harry Potter movies or read the books. Andrew loved the movies and so he insisted we watch them together shortly after we started dating. I loved them so much we decided to read the books too!
Since then, we have watched all the movies multiple times. When we were reading the books, we heard that Universal was going to be expanding their Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Andrew had gone before, but I had never even been to Universal. We have been planning to go and finally made the trip to Orlando this past weekend. I love living in Florida and only being 2 hours away from all the fun things to do in Orlando!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is divided between Universal Studios and Island of Adventure. In order to see it all, you need a Park to Park ticket. It costs a little more than a one park ticket, but it’s so worth it!
Hogsmeade in Island of Adventures
We started our day in the older section, Hogsmeade, in Islands of Adventure. I loved seeing Hogwarts! Our first ride was inside the castle, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. My favorite ride out of all the Harry Potter attractions is Dragon Challenge. It’s a two-sided roller coaster. If you can, ride both sides! The Hungarian Horntail is my favorite side.
Diagon Alley in Universal Studios
Once you finish your tour of Hogsmeade, be sure to take the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley! The train brings you to London, where you can find Diagon Alley. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the new ride there. We ended up waiting 3 hours in line! It was fun, but not worth that long of a wait.
Being the foodie that I am, I had to try some of the famous foods and drinks that the park has to offer. After reading the books and watching the movies, it’s really cool to be able to try a Butterbeer or eat at the Leaky Cauldron.
If you only try one thing, you have to get a Butterbeer! It’s similar to cream soda with a hint of butterscotch. You can choose between regular and frozen, so I tried them both! I thought that the frozen one was way better. It’s also more refreshing on a hot Florida day.
Another must-try drink is Pumpkin Juice. I am a huge fan of anything pumpkin, especially a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. The Pumpkin Juice was even better! It tastes like Fall in a cup but is still refreshing since it’s iced. I really want to try making it at home. Stay tuned to see if I’m successful!
For lunch, we visited the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. It looks just like it does in the movies! It was such a fun experience to eat there. They had lots of dishes I wanted to try. Andrew and our friends got the Fish and Chips, which came with an amazing tarter sauce!
I chose the Cottage Pie. It tasted homemade and was the perfect thing after a full morning touring the park. It comes with a side salad and goes great with a glass of Pumpkin Juice. It looks small but was really filling.
Have you been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter? What was your favorite food or drink?