Butterbeer ice cream and what to eat at the Harry Potter theme park
MANILA, Philippines – Come the opening the Diagon Alley in Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Muggles will be able to experience not just the magical shopping complex's winding roads and fascinating stores, but how to eat like a wizard as well.
According to the Universal Orlando blog, Diagon Alley is set to open during the US Summer of 2014 and is set to join the already up and running Hogsmeade area. Diagon Alley will cater not just to big Harry Potter fans but to foodies as well. (READ: Of Wizards & Muggles: Things to do in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter)
Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations at Universal Orlando Resort Ric Florell says their team worked closely with author J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers in developing the food and beverages for Diagon Alley.
Executive Chef Steve Jayson, who was part of the team that originally brought Butterbeer to life, says that visitors of the park can expect an expansive dining experience at Diagon Alley.
"We wanted to expand the dining from Hogsmeade into Diagon Alley by re-creating another beloved restaurant found in the Harry Potter books and films that delivers a completely different experience than the Three Broomsticks – yet, has the same magical feel. In the Leaky Cauldron, you actually feel as if you’re walking into a pub with dishes that are true to the British culture. We even imported certain ingredients like English cheeses to add to our dishes," Jayson told Deni Cox, who wrote for the Universal Orlando blog.
"Plus, there are a few surprises we’re leaving for our guests to discover. We challenged ourselves to bring the food and drink of Harry Potter’s world to life, and I feel our guests will leave here saying we were successful," he added.
The Leaky Couldron, the pub in the Harry Potter books and movies that serves as the entrance to Diagon Alley, comes alive as a restaurant serving British food.
Among the dishes that will be available are:
- Bangers and Mash (traditional roasted sausages with creamy mashed potatoes)
- Toad in the Hole (traditional sausage baked into a Yorkshire pudding and served with onion gravy)
- Cottage Pie (a savory combination of meat and vegetables in a potato crust)
- Fisherman’s Pie (salmon, shrimp and cod baked together under a potato crust)
- Beef, Lamb & Guinness Stew (served in a bread bowl)
- Ploughman’s (a feast of English cheeses, crusty bread, cornichon pickles, apple beet salad, Branston pickle and a Scotch egg)
- Split Pea Soup
- Banger Pub Style Sandwich
- Fish and Chips
- Chocolate Potted Cream
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Apple Oatmeal Flan with Yogurt and Fruit
- Egg, Leek, and Mushroom Pasty
And who can forget about the drinks mentioned in the books and movies? Aside from the well-loved Butterbeer, 'magical' refreshments will also be available throughout the park.
- Fishy Green Ale
- Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice
- Tongue Tying Lemon Squash
- Peachtree Fizzing Tea
- Wizard’s Brew (draught beer)
- Dragon Scale (draught beer)
- Pumpkin Juice
A cart in the park called Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment is also said to be a must visit. The cart will be offeringa varierty of elixirs like Draught of Peace, Babbling Beverage, Elixir to Induce Euphoria, and Fire Protection Potion. These elixirs are to be added to the Gillywater (also available in the park) and when mixed, the drink will transform into a different color and flavor.
The ice cream parlor where Harry would hang out during the two weeks he spent in Diagon Alley prior to going back to Hogwarts for his third year will also be in the theme park, with Minsitry of Magic-approved flavors such as:
- Granny Smith
- Earl Grey and Lavender
- Chocolate Chili
- Clotted Cream
- Apple Crumble
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- Salted Caramel Blondie
- Chocolate and Raspberry
- Strawberry and Peanut-Butter
- Orange Marmalade
The park is set to open reportedly this June and will feature the new Gringgots ride and will feature the shops from Diagon Alley mentioned in the book. The Hogwarts Express will also be operational and will run between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
Excited to visit the theme park? Which of the food items are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments section below! – Rappler.com