What does butterbeer taste like at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter park?

Butterbeer cart at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

One of the most often asked questions about the new Harry Potter theme park is, what does butterbeer taste like? How is butterbeer made, and what is the recipe for butterbeer?

As every Harry Potter fan knows, butterbeer is the drink that Harry Potter and friends often drank when they went to Hogsmeade village. They never really said if it’s alcoholic or not, but since it’s called butterBEER, I always assumed it was.

When Universal Studios started planning the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter park, they knew they wanted to have butterbeer for their guest. After all what Potter fan could pass up a drink right from the Harry Potter movies!
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Going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter tomorrow!

Harry Potter theme park

Well if your a Harry Potter fan you know that the grand opening for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios was on the 18th. No I did not go; there was NOOOOO way I was going to wait for 6 hours just to get in!

I can go there anytime, so why would I go on the most crowded day? It was a madhouse, with people fainting from heat stroke and not enough water stations around.

However, now that the crowds have returned to normal levels; which is still a lot since it’s summer, I’m going to go tomorrow! I have a nifty camcorder with a 70X zoom lens on it. So I’m going to get some very exclusive and very detailed videos of the park and of Hogwarts castle.
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Butterbeer, magic wands sell great at Harry Potter park

Harry Potter ride inside Hogswarts Castle

With guest being let into the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios for the soft opening, one thing is clear. Everyone wants to buy Harry Potter merchandise!

For Harry Potter fans, owning something from the Harry Potter movies is one of their top things to do. That is looking like both a blessing and a curse for Universal.

The blessing is of course it’s great they everyone wants to buy Harry Potter merchandise. The crowds all want a sip of the frozen and non frozen butterbeer from the cart that sells it inside.

Another popular item is getting a magic wand from the Ollivander’s store. Buying a chocolate frog at Honeydukes, a candy shop is another popular stop.

In all Universal Studios has created over 600 items to be sold inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They are very happy with the brisk sales of merchandise.

One of the big ticket items I was surprised to find was selling fast is in Dervish and Banges, where they sell replica flying broomsticks, a Nimbus 2001 selling for $250.00 and a Firebolt for $300.00!

The curse of all this is, already they are having problems with long lines inside these shops. Most are small and narrow, making long lines. Just think what it will be like once the normal crowds are let in!

However I’m sure they will add more shops, or add-on to some of them now that they see how popular the merchandise shops will be. Universal Studios is not going to make it hard for guest to buy their merchandise!

However they do seem to have underestimated how popular the Harry Potter merchandise shops are going to be. But, that’s what a soft opening is all about; finding and fixing problems before the grand opening, which is June 18th.

So if you want to buy Harry Potter merchandise when you go into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, go to the shops as soon as you get in, or be prepared for a long wait!