By Dalton Ross
Updated November 16, 2010 at 07:00 PM EST
Image Credit: Kevin Kolczynski


My kids had a few days off from the school the other week, so I did what any certified nerd/father would do in such a situation and brought them down to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando. Wands were purchased, scary rides were ridden, and an absurd amount of photographs were taken. But also… CONTROVERSY! Before heading down there, I learned that there were not one, but two different kinds of Butterbeer for sale: “cold” and “frozen.” In the Harry Potter books, the drink is served either cold or hot, but seeing as how Orlando is already hot enough, park developers seemed to have gone the frozen slushie route instead to cool off sweaty patrons in the sweltering days of summer. I polled some followers on Twitter (@EWDaltonRoss) who had already been there and sampled the beverages, and the responses were pretty evenly divided between the two choices. So there was only one clear option — drink them both! And now, the taste test results are in: Three of us clearly preferred the “cold” version (a delightful blend of cream soda and butterscotch) with only my contrarian 7-year-old daughter choosing the frozen. It should be noted here that Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is 100 percent non-alcoholic. At least I think it is. I guess I should have double-checked that with someone first. (The kids did seem a little wobbly after, or maybe that was just due to the jarring Forbidden Journey ride.) Anyhoo! I now pose the question to all who have been down to the park or are planning to go soon. Which version of Butterbeer do you prefer or are planning to order? Make your voice heard in our poll below. Vote early! Vote often!