On the Road to Diagon Alley: Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour

April 14, 2014, 11:55 AM · Looking for a refreshment break before (or after) tackling the long line for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts this summer at Universal Studios Florida's Diagon Alley?

Just head across the street from the entrance to Gringotts Bank and enjoy a cone from Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour.

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour
Concept art courtesy Universal

Harry Potter passed time enjoying ice cream sundaes at Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour during the two weeks he spent in Diagon Alley at the end of the summer at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Unfortunately, this became one of the many Diagon Alley stores boarded up and abandoned during wizards' war in the final two Harry Potter books. Author J.K. Rowling later revealed in an online chat that owner Florean Fortescue was killed during that war, though he also was part of a subplot involving the Elder Wand that she opted not to include in the books. Perhaps we might discover some additional information about Florean in Universal's Diagon Alley?

At the very least, we will find some unique ice cream flavors here. Universal featured a peanut-butter-and-strawberry flavor at Three Broomsticks in its original Wizarding World in Islands of Adventure, and a Universal spokesperson has promised that the resort's culinary team has created some additional special flavors just for Diagon Alley.

You can read more about the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley in our ongoing series, linked below. We continue to hear from insiders that a soft opening is scheduled for mid- to late-May, with an official opening in mid-June, though Universal has confirmed no opening dates more specific than it will be open in "summer."


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April 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM · The Diagon Alley land at Universal Studios is going to DWARF Disney's tilting kiddie coaster in size, theming and food options this summer in Orlando and it was built in half the time.

Walt Disney would be proud of Universal for embracing new technology and trying new things like linking two parks with a themed train ride. I doubt that he would be a fan of an off the shelf kiddie coaster and replacing a ride with a photo op.

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