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Islands of Adventure Theme Park Food and Restaurants

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Theme parks aren't just for roller coaster junkies. They are perfect for foodies and foodies at heart.

Think about it for a second! What do you like to eat when you go to theme parks? Do you have a favorite treat? Always frequent the same restaurant? Have a tradition centered around food? I know my family does.

Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure took things up a notch for the young or young at heart when they added Seuss Landing in 1999. Then they outdid themselves for wizards and muggles alike with the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010. And yet, what you see and hear mentioned more than almost anything else is the food and what this post, which is part two of a four-part series on "How to Plan the Perfect Universal Orlando Resort Family Vacation," is all about. Mmmmm!

Frozen Butter Beer

Top 6 Food Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure

Whether you are looking for Green Eggs and Ham or chocolate frogs, Islands of Adventure promises food that family members of all ages can enjoy. Here are my recommended top six to enjoy while at the park in no particular order:

  1. Churros. Seriously! Can you visit a theme park without eating a churro? They are sooooo much better in theme parks for whatever reason. Get one. I promise you won't regret it. I didn't get a churro at a theme park once and it was akin to that line in Pretty in Pink where Iona describes to Andie what it'd be like to miss the prom. If you don't know what I'm talking about, stop reading this post right now and go and watch the movie. I'll wait!
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    Churro

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  2. Frozen Butter Beer. You've waited. You've heard about it. You've licked your lips after viewing images online more than once. No use waiting any longer. Once in the park, make a mad dash to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Head straight to the Three Broomsticks Restaurant (or one of the street carts if the restaurant is crowded). And grab yourself a mug of the frozen goodness. If you want to check out the difference, order both the regular and frozen varieties. You won't be disappointed. And while you're trying them out, make sure to snap a pic with your best Butter Beer 'stache. I recommend relaxing while enjoying this butterscotch-y beauty out on the patio under a big umbrella in the back of the restaurant.
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  3. Chicken Cashew Salad. Mythos Restaurant in The Lost Civilization is a great place to find healthy options, many 300 calories or less. I particularly enjoyed this salad, which was big enough to eat without any additional sides, yet still left me room for the long awaited frozen Butter Beer. The "Pastabilities" pasta of the day is also tasty, so be sure to ask your server for details if you're in a pasta state of mind.
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    Chicken Cashew Salad

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  4. Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.  Every Flavour Beans Honeydukes is the candy store of all candy stores and is located right at the front of the Wizardry World of Harry Potter to tempt all entrants. And tempt me it did. I don't even like candy very much, but the colorful taffy, lightening shaped crispy treats, chocolate frogs, and pumpkin juice was like nothing I'd ever seen in a candy store before. So, whether you like candy or not, stop by, and take in the vivid colors and flavors.
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  5. Confisco Grill. I ate at this restaurant on two previous visits and found it to be delicious on both occasions. Centrally located near the park's entrance, it's a great meeting place, easy to find, has lots of cuisine choices, and is great for large groups, including babies and toddlers. I recommend making a reservation as this restaurant tends to be busy.
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  6. Cookies From the Seuss Landing Bakery. I love just looking at the fun treats at the Snooker & Snooker Sweet Cooker bakery and candy store, but the cookies are a favorite. You have to see the chunks of peanut butter in cookies to believe them. Talk about chewy, ooh-ey, and rich. Mmmmmm! I definitely recommend spacing out enjoying one of these cookies with drinking frozen Butter Beer, unless you are like Elf and all of your four food groups include sugar. LOL!

Other fun food finds are all over the park, but these are some of my faves.

How to Plan the Perfect Universal Orlando Resort Vacation

For recommendations on planning the perfect Universal Orlando Resort vacation, including what to ride, where to stay, how to eat healthy, how to entertain a baby and toddler, how to celebrate the holidays, how to receive VIP treatment and more, please check out these posts in this series:

What is your favorite theme park treat, food, or restaurant?


Disclosure: I was provided with an all-expenses paid trip to Universal Orlando Resort. No follow-up promotion or publicity was requested or required. All opinions are my own.

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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