The delicious frothy drink is definitely one of the most magical part of the Potter theme park experience.
How much are Universal Orlando fans in love with butterbeer?
The resort announced it served its 5 millionth butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
When the area opened in 2010, Universal only had three places to buy the popular drink. But demand was so high, Universal had to open a fourth serving location.
Butterbeer, a mere mention the Harry Potter books and films, has become a major attraction at the park –and way for Universal’s creative and culinary teams to create an authentic experience within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The recipe for the non-alcoholic drink is a closely held secret – but the taste is reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch. Butterbeer is a combination of cream soda and butterscotch, with a frothy, sweet top. The drink is served either cold or frozen.
To mark the occasion Wednesday, Universal gave some 1,000 guests complimentary butterbeers.
I wish I could have a complimentary butterbeer. That, my friends, is the stuff dreams are made of.
While Universal Studios has been very keen not to release updates on the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, certain details have come to light, including some new behind-the-scenes photos of a construction project.
Though still quiet about their plans, Universal Orlando continues work on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s expansion, which will feature Diagon Alley.
The larger Harry Potter world is rumored to include a thrill ride within Gringotts, a working Hogwarts Express, new shops, and a new restaurant. It is sitting on the area of land that used to be occupied by Jaws.
Photos from the Wizarding World construction site show a huge structure forming, which is likely to be the building housing the Gringotts ride. A second crane was recently added to the work.
Many fans already delight in wearing Harry Potter t-shirts, scarves, wizard’s costumes, and more, but now you can take your apparel a step further with the new line of movie-inspired wear at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. behind the thrills posted the information.
Now fans can take things just a step further with robes, jackets, and even a dress taken directly from the films.
The famed Hermione Yule Ball Gown is available for purchase. The cost is $325 and it comes in multiple sizes. The dress was shown in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Albus Dumbledore’s robes can be bought for a whopping $700.
Voldemort’s robes are for sale, between $250-$350.
You can buy Professor Snape’s robes for a decent price- only $195.
Universal Studio’s Harry Potter theme park has attracted crowds of potterheads from all around the world, and has great reviews. The only criticism many people have is that the park is too small! But that may be about to change. Orlando Sentinel has the rest of the story.
Construction is now well underway in Universal Studios on what industry followers widely believe will be the next phase of Wizarding World — a second Potter land, likely themed to London, rising on the former site of the Jaws ride and its Amity Island-themed setting. Universal, for its part, has not confirmed that the work is Potter-related, though it has said Wizarding World will be “significantly expanded” in Orlando.
Although no opening date has been set, most expect the second phase of Potter will debut sometime in 2014 or 2015. The closer that moment gets, the greater the threat that travelers will once again opt to defer their visits to the resort.
Universal already appears to be taking steps to ensure travelers don’t wait. Just two months after finally confirming last December that it would expand Wizarding World, the Orlando resort unveiled a laundry list of additions for 2012.
…”The one factor beyond their immediate control is how aggressive the Harry Potter franchise will be in sustaining its Beatlemania-like appeal,” Johnson said. “The Harry Potter collection of films will be released on DVD in September, but it won’t be long until this next generation of muggles will be relied upon to sustain the wave.”
Who has visited the theme park in the past, and what did you think of it?
Harry Potter merchandise can be found across the globe, in dozens of chains and specialized stores. But sometimes the experience of buying the wands, candy, cloaks, etc, can be more fun than the actual items. Enter Whimsic Alley.
It not only has all things Potteresque — think wands and clothing and such — but the room itself is impressively designed, complete with a highly atmospheric street scene, small lights, and the occasional owl. Call it stepping into the books while you shop for your Hogwarts-based needs.
A few need-to-knows: The shop is typically closed on Mondays and Tuesdays but its “special summer hours” means it is open every day of the week. Also? Several special events are planned throughout the year. Next up for Harry buffs? “High Tea in the Great Hall” on Aug. 26. There’s also the four-day “The Camp That Lived” coming in February. That’s for grown-ups, mind you, so hurrah.
The store will surely have competition when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in Universal Hollywood in a few years, but for now, Whimsic Alley is the go-to store for all your Harry Potter needs.
You can even take a virtual tour of Whimsic Alley here!