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Butterbeer: An Insider Guide

Locations
Butterbeer can be purchased from the following locations:

  • The main Butterbeer Cart directly ahead of the main entrance
  • The Three Broomsticks (to the left on the Hogsmeade main street while facing Hogwarts, past Honeydukes)
  • Hogs Head Pub (to the left on the main street while facing Hogwarts, past Three Broomsticks)
  • A supplementary Butterbeer Cart located next to Ollivander’s Wand Shop, directly across from the Wizarding World outdoor stage

Butterbeer cannot be purchased outside of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Butterbeer

Types & Cost
The Wizarding World offers two varieties of Butterbeer: regular and frozen. Regular Butterbeer is a thick, cream soda-like drink with a creamy, butterscotch froth. The frozen version is more like a slushy and also includes a generous helping of the froth. Prices for Butterbeer are not published and frequently change. Most recently, regular Butterbeer cost just over five dollars with tax, while the frozen version cost just over six dollars. Guests can purchase an optional Butterbeer “stein” with their drink, bringing the total to approximately twelve dollars.

Butterbeer Fudge, a recent invention, is available fresh at the Honeydukes treat counter.

The “hot Butterbeer” variety recently introduced in Orlando has not yet made its way to Hollywood. We’ll try and confirm if we can expect this version of the popular beverage over on the West Coast. Butterbeer Ice Cream, a soft serve option available at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor in Orlando’s Diagon Alley, is not available in the West Coast Wizarding World.

The Bottom Line
In our opinion, no visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is complete without at least trying Butterbeer. We at California Informer prefer the frozen variety, a welcome respite on a hot Los Angeles day, but both versions are delicious. If you aren’t sure if you’ll enjoy the drink, purchase a single cup and share with your party before getting additional servings.

Touring Tips
The main cart in the center of Hogsmeade typically develops the longest lines, and waiting for the Three Broomsticks often doesn’t make sense unless you intend to purchase a full meal. We recommend grabbing your Butterbeer from the less crowded Hogs Head Pub or the supplementary cart near the outdoor Wizarding World stage. Keep in mind you can bring your Butterbeer into the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff queues as long as you finish your drink before getting on either ride.

Butterbeer – photo gallery