Aaannnddd the travel posts continue!!! Today’s post is Part 2 from our time at Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure (my family and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans, which I’m sure you’re aware of by now).
We began our day in Hogsmeade, the Harry Potter section in Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. This area of the park is one of the magical villages from the Harry Potter series, filled with Ollivander’s Wand Shop (which doesn’t technically belong here, but we’ll let that slide), the Three Broomsticks pub, Honeydukes, and Zonko’s Joke Shop (to name a few).
Of course, Hogwarts is the main attraction in this park— sitting majestically next to the snow-covered village and containing a seriously cool Harry Potter 3D thrill ride. We spent the morning exploring the shops, going on rides, and basking in the magic of our favorite childhood series. Here are some of my favorite pics from the morning:
Islands of Adventure has LOTS more to offer besides Harry Potter World of course, but that was our primary focus for the day. We did spend some of our day in Seuss Landing because it’s just too darn cute (and of course the 1st grade teacher in me was in all my glory). We couldn’t help ourselves from taking a pic with the Cat in the Hat and Things 1 and 2 🙂
Now onto the good stuff… why, the food of course! We made lunch reservations at Mythos, which is right inside the park and just happens to be rated one of the Top Theme Park Restaurants in the world! You KNOW I was excited when I found that out. Once we arrived, we were so glad we made reservations a week in advance online because the place was absolutely packed and they weren’t taking any walk-ins at that time.
Mythos is a mostly-mediterranean restaurant and has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, as well as many choices for meat-eaters— which made it perfect for my family. We started with some appetizers because we were starving when we sat down, my favorite being their take on Spanakopita. Instead of your typical filo dough, they made their spanakopita in crispy wonton wrappers with a tzatziki dipping sauce (pictured below). Holy yum!
For my main dish, I ordered their Falafel Burger. Ohhmmyyygoodnesss was this delicious! The falafel had been made in a waffle iron (uhh genius) and was topped with a delicious kalamata olive and feta sauce. My sisters also ordered the same thing and we all devoured our entire burger— I promise you, they were that good. And we were that hungry. I totally recommend making reservations at Mythos if you go to Islands of Adventure. It’s super vegetarian friendly, reasonably priced, and is really quality food (especially for a theme park).