Vote of the week: How do you like your Butterbeer?
In honor of today's opening of the seventh Harry Potter film, I thought I'd ask a question about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal Orlando.
At first glance, it might seem that there's no question about the Wizarding World. Universal's new Harry Potter land has won, well, universal acclaim. It won our Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction of 2010. It's been sitting atop of Best Themed Ride rankings since it opened. And this week, the themed amusement industry's designers and managers honored it with four Thea Awards at the 2010 IAAPA Attractions Expo.
No question, huh?
Not so fast. There is one question roiling the Wizarding World - one question that divides fans into bitter enemy camps, like Gryffindors battling Slytherins.
How do you like your Butterbeer, regular or frozen?
If you've visited the park, go ahead and respond with your favorite version of Universal's highly addictive drink. If you've not yet visited, take a look at the pros and cons listed below and in the comments, then respond with the version you'll pick first when you do visit.
(And you must visit. If you're a theme park fans - even if you don't care for Harry Potter - you really should see this, to see the ultimate in immersive area theming.)
Why Frozen Butterbeer?
It's colder, and that's a plus on a hot Orlando day.
You have to drink it more slowly, allowing you to savor the flavor longer.
The flavor seems a bit more intensive in the frozen version.
Why Regular Butterbeer?
Authenticity - The gang in Harry Potter didn't drink Butterbeer slushies. You only get the smooth, beer-like mouth feel with the regular version.
It's not frozen - Visiting the Wizarding World is enough of a head rush. Do you really want a brain freeze, too?
Cost - The regular version's a buck cheaper.
So which will it be?
If you're already a Butterbeer fan, explain your choice in the comments, please. And have a wonderful weekend queuing for the Harry Potter movie, the Wizarding World, or whatever else you have planned. Thanks again for reading Theme Park Insider.
Have not been there, haven't had Butterbeer. I am a huge fan of the books and have read them all. Saw some of the movies, but prefer the written word of Ms. Rowling.
I'd take a Beverly over a Butterbeer anyday! It's free and comes in small doses, but the taste is a lot better.
I too have never tasted it and actually not sure I want to taste it. I don't have a sweet tooth and to be honest the description of it sounds horribly sweet... And as any good UK beer-drinker knows beer is meant to be BITTER! However, tie me down and threaten me with having to ride Its a Small World over and over again unless I choose one or the other and I guess I'd have to go for regular.
Having a annual pass has allowed me to visit Harry Potter Land about 15 times. I have to tell you the Frozen Butterbeer is a lot better then the regular. The regular is a little too heavy and you get tired of it before it's half way gone. I think the regular reminds me of drinking maple syrup. The frozen is refreshing and unique and at 200 calories not a bad treat!
Time to show off my ignorance, Terry:
Mike, it is nasty tasting swill from Italy you can get at Epcot's Club Cool for free. Has somewhat of a cult following because it is "cool" to say you like yucky soda.
Having tasted only the non-frozen butterbeer and having not cared for it, I voted frozen
I like the Regular Butterbeer. Especially with the Fish& Chips from 3 Broomsticks... Yum!
James is right, Mike, it's at Club Cool at epcot. I almost moved my honeymoon to Italy to bring some home with me. Anyone going to Italy sometime soon? I'll pay to have it sent back.
Butterbeer is nasty! Unless you're a fan of butterscotch, then you'll probably agree with me. Also, I happen to like "Beverly". Some of you may actually say you like it to be cool, but I'd actually pay money to consume it.
FROZEN -- there's no other way. Period. I had both versions this summer, and frozen is the way to go! It is definitely sweeter. About halfway through the drink, the texture (not taste) resembles the consistency of a root beer float.
Terry vs. James!!!
I've only had the regular and only once but it got too warm too fast so the next one will be frozen. And Beverly IS "nasty" and "yucky" and someone will only say they like it so that they can start an argument. Anyway, free soda at any Disney location (Club Cool at Epcot) is unique and everyone should go and fill up as much as they can, just not on Beverly.
I've been there and had both a few times and I just love the regular butterbeer. The frozen give me brain freeze and tastes plain to me. I do really like butterbeer, and it's only 3 hours away from me... Has anyone else ever seen any other beverage dispenser thing that puts the cream/head on top? Or is that whole setup custom for Universal? I never asked yet but will they put extra cream/head if you want more?
Not gonna fight about Beverly, as everyone is entitled to their opinion. Each to his or her own, as they say.
hehe I live in Italy for 6-8 months each year and have never heard of Beverly over here :P
I've only had a sip of it when it was mostly frozen mixed with a bit of regular. So I went with the assumption that it was frozen. I thought it tasted good.
Makes sense, Daniel. I doubt too many Italians are knocking down doors for another taste of the foul, toxic substance known as Beverly.
My lovely wife had me try Beverly saying it was great as a joke. We didn't talk much for an hour or two! However, the watermelon soda from China is the BOMB!!! I would buy that anytime if we didnt live so close to Epcot!
Imagine what the figures for the last movie will be next summer? I'm not sure we can count that high...
I can't believe regular is winning. I went nd had a full glass of each. The frozen was a delicious treet and very good, the regular was way to sugary and terribly disgusting as most people who have actually visited found it to be. There is a big difference between the two, leaning heavily toward the frozen butterbeer.
I'm literally chuckling at the attention given to Terry's taste buds, because I've eaten meals with 1000s of times, and would like to give my "two cents" on the subject, since I'm the only one present that can provide information that isn't assumptive. Hopefully, any doubt he's legitimately odd is removed (What's an older brother for, right? Ha ha!). This should end any debate on this specific example and allow the discussion of butterbeer to continue unabated.
I tried both last week. I do prefer the frozen. Next time, I'm requesting extra fluff on top.
As far as Beverly... My father is Italian and I've been there numerous times and I haven't seen it, but then again they don't really have fountain drinks or ice, everything is bottled. For soda they have coca-cola and coca-cola light and in restaurants you get a liter glass bottle. The only place I saw where you could get a fountain drink with ice was Mcdonalds. Beverly is probably a bar drink and I know my father used to get this awfully bitter drink so it must be a mixer there for alcoholic drinks. I'd rather have a butterbeer.
Being to the Wizarding World on opening day the line to get butter beer was long and we were tired of waiting 9 hours in line so i didnt get a chance to try it. I didnt vote here either but next time i go it will be frozen for me.
i in that instead of them having the butterbeer in a harry potter plastic cup theyy should have them in the old style beer cups like they have in harry potter so u can truly experience the harry potter feeling
I tried the frozen version and even though I have a horrible sweet tooth, this was way too sweet for me and I tossed the cup after drinking about half of it. It tasted like very sweet butterscotch mixed with a tad of something else like cinnamon to me and if the frozen was that yucky, I didn't want to waste my money on the regular version.
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