Here are some must-try culinary adventures from Diagon Alley for us ordinary muggles.
BUTTERBEER ICE CREAM
When Universal's original Harry Potter attraction — the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade — opened in 2010, butterbeer — a sweet, butterscotch, non-alcoholic beverage — was instantly popular. Diagon Alley offers butterbeer soft-serve ice cream, and it's just the thing for a hot Orlando day. The ice cream shop also sells other unusual flavors, such as Earl Grey and lavender, or chocolate chili. Cost: $4.79.
If you're unsure whether you'll like a large portion of traditional British meat-and-potatoes pies, try the mini. It includes two smaller savory pies with a side salad. One pie is salmon, shrimp and cod, the other is beef and vegetables, both baked under a mashed potato crust. Cost: $12.99. (And if you're still hungry, add on a toad in the hole — sausage baked in a flour-egg batter, $8.99.)
This is like an English charcuterie plate, with cheeses, crusty bread, cornichon pickles, apple-beet salad, Branston pickle (pickled diced vegetables) and a Scotch egg (hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and baked). Cost: $19.99 (serves two).
STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING
This moist, spongy cake is covered in gooey toffee and topped with vanilla ice cream. Yum. Cost: $6.99
In the Harry Potter stories, Gillywater is made from Gillyweed, a magical plant. In real life, it looks like plain bottled water, but costumed Universal employees add magical and colorful elixirs for a slightly sweet taste. The names of the elixirs are fun: Draught of Peace, Babbling Beverage, Elixir to Induce Euphoria and Fire Protection Potion. Cost: $4.