Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Hopping Pot - Universal Studios Florida

Yesterday, we stopped at The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

We usually buy Frozen Butterbeer from the Fountain of Fair Fortune in Diagon Alley, but I wanted to try Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice, which isn't available there.  

The Hopping Pot has a variety of gluten free Harry Potter themed beverages, including Butterbeer, Frozen Butterbeer, Tongue Tying Lemon Squash, Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice, Fishy Green Ale, Peachtree Fizzing Tea, Pumpkin Juice, and Gillywater.  You can view more allergen information about these beverages on my friend Amanda's blog, Eating Out...Without.  

Butterbeer Ice Cream is also gluten free.  My husband ordered a cup of this soft serve ice cream yesterday at The Hopping Pot.  It definitely tasted like butterscotch, which is the prevailing flavor in Butterbeer.  Both of us found it to be a little too sweet for our tastes, but our daughters and our international student liked it.

My whole family loves Frozen Butterbeer, but I decided to skip it yesterday, because I wanted to try Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice after reading Amanda's review on Eating Out...Without.  

Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice is a carbonated orange drink with lots of cinnamon sugar on the rim of the cup.  My initial reaction was that the drink was too sweet, but I remember thinking the same thing about Frozen Butterbeer the first time I tried it.  Keep in mind that I am strictly a water drinker who never drinks soda unless I am enjoying Harry Potter themed beverages at Universal.  After the first couple of sips, I got used to the level of sweetness, and enjoyed my beverage.  I loved the combination of the cinnamon sugar with my orange drink, which reminded me more of orange soda than orange juice.

The Leaky Cauldron has gluten free options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you are looking to eat in Diagon Alley.    

If you have a preferred or premiere annual pass, be sure to ask for a discount at all dining locations at Universal Orlando Resort.  We received 10% off our order at The Hopping Pot.

What are your favorite gluten free beverages and eats at Diagon Alley?  


  1. Thank you so much for all this information! I suffer from Celiac and hypothyroidism also, so this site has been invaluable to me, as I am traveling to Orlando next week!