Robert Niles

Published: May 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Fisherman's Pie, Fishy Green Ale, and a Butterbeer ice cream, please.

Though I do wonder how closely Butterbeer ice cream is going to turn out to Ben & Jerry's Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch.

Bob Rumpke

Published: May 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Man I'm in Heaven!! It all sounds sooooo good. I knew the food would be special but I didn't know it would be THAT special. And just shut up about Butterbeer ice cream!

Published: May 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

I'm really hoping this new land pushes Universal's attendance way up. The themeing looks excellent and as many have speculated this might be the gentle shove that is needed for Disney to start paying attention to the parks in Orlando not named the Magic Kingdom.
Tracy Bates

Published: May 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

And by having the special drinks at a cart, passholders won't get a discount on them. (Just like they did with butterbeer in the other park.)

Smart move for the bottom line, Universal.

Published: May 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Tracy, the drinks will be at the Leaky Cauldron, where you will get a discount.
Mark Hollamon

Published: May 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Cannot wait!

Published: May 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I'll be enjoying my pub food (aka bangers and mash) over at Finnigan's where the line will be shorter.

I am grateful that they will be serving Butterbeer in Diagon Alley. It's hard to make my cup of the frozen stuff last while walking from Hogsmeade to the Studios park.

Butterbeer ice cream? Sign me up!


Published: May 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Looks 3 steps up from the regular theme park food.
I can't wait to try most of it during my 2 month vacation at the end of this year. That annual pass is going to be handy!
Nick McKaig

Published: May 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I am glad to see they will be serving breakfast. I think that theme parks should have more breakfast options available as guests who get into the park at 8 or 9am basically have no food options until typically 11am.

Especially if you are stuck in part of a park like Harry Potter and are unwilling to leave the area on high-capacity days (when crowd management leads to a line just to get in), it's nice to know there are a number of food and drink options right there.

James Rao

Published: May 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

At least half of the items mentioned are already on the menu for Finnegan's. Is USO's original Irish pub closing or at least getting a new theme and menu?

Published: May 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Good catch, James... I have never eaten there, but USF does tend to "borrow" food items. You could get a giant donut at Emack & Bolios (Hard Rock Hotel) for years, but now they come in a graphic covered box at the Simpsons area / Lard Lad..

They will take food from a place almost no one goes to and use it in Diagon Alley, but most people will never know the difference.

Only us die-hards catch these things...

James Rao

Published: May 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM

The nice thing is we can sneak away from the crowds and go get the same food at Finnegan's with probably zero wait since everyone will be in Diagon Alley!!! Maybe catch a quick ride or two on the Mummy as well! ;)

(Just noticed anon poster had the same idea - maybe Finnegan's won't be as empty as I hoped!)

Rob Pastor

Published: May 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

James : You are so correct. Last week we had the Seafood Pie and Guinness Stew at Finnegans while listening to an Irish troubadour. Both those dishes are very good & well above theme park standard fare so they'll be a nice addition to Leaky's menu.
Jim Williams

Published: May 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The Leaky Cauldron will be a counter service restaurant, while Finnegans is a sit-down restaurant.
James Rao

Published: May 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

^Just one more reason why Finnegan's will be the better option! You're gonna be charged table service prices at the Leaky Cauldron, so you might as well get table service treatment! Besides, Finnegan's is an under-appreciated treasure. I for one am glad more folks will sample their wares, even if it is at another restaurant.

You know, I may even request a table for six at Finnegan's just so I have an extra chair for my aching feet! ;)

Jonah Sirota

Published: May 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Fishy Green Ale, eh? Reminds me of an old Monty Python bit where they are trying to get a bishop to do an ad voiceover for a British ale. Something fishy happens: