Entering the Springfield section of the park is literally like stepping through the screen into the cartoon series. Everything looks like an exact replica of iconic places from the show, from Krustyland to Moe’s Tavern to Lard Lad Donuts, which you can actually eat. Hint: They taste like a supermarket doughnut, and we mean that in the best way possible.
THE SIMPSONS (PT. 2)
Yes, they even serve real life Flaming Moes in Simpsons land. The drink — which bubbles and smokes thanks to dry ice — is non-alcoholic, but if you’re needing a buzz you can opt for a Duff Beer instead. Other iconic eats in the area include Krusty Burgers, Cletus’ Chicken Shack and the Bumblebee Man Taco Truck.
Make no mistake about it: The famed Wizarding World of Harry Potter is as magically immersive as they say it is, and the food is no exception. Head to the Three Broomsticks (based on the pub of the same name from the movie) for some British classics like fish ‘n’ chips — just know that the blood sausage in the full English breakfast is not for faint-of-heart American muggles.
HARRY POTTER (PT. 2)
No trip to the land of the boy wizard would be complete without a cold pint of Butterbeer, a butterscotch-flavored non-alcoholic frozen drink you can pick up at stands across the park.
The pages of your favorite children’s author come to life in Seuss Landing, where there is not a 90° angle in sight. Snag a green eggs and ham sandwich for breakfast or opt for dessert at the Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop.
Alright, so the sandwiches at Blondie’s in Toon Lagoon don’t quite stack up the monstrous ones from the classic comic…but they’re pretty darn good, in that fast food sub sandwich kind of way.
If it’s red meat you crave, stay in Toon Lagoon for a Wimpy’s Burger, made famous from the Popeye cartoon. Truth be told, we’re pretty sure they’re no different from any of the other standard burgers in the park, but hey, it’s better than canned spinach?
Smoked turkey legs are a theme park staple, and in the words of John Hammond, they truly spared no expense with the dino-sized ones in Jurassic Park. Bonus points for actually achieving crispy skin and juicy, flavorful meat.
This old Hollywood drug store isn’t from the movies (though it does make an appearance in Sunset Blvd.), but it was an iconic place where actors were discovered and motion picture deals were made in the 1940s and ’50s. The original sadly closed in 1983 but you can still visit Universal replica — though the fact that their shakes are made with Ben & Jerry’s might take you out of it a bit.
THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
While it’s not directly affiliated with Willy Wonka, the Universal Citywalk’s Toothsome Chocolate Emporium (set to open later this year) promises to give you all the childhood nostalgia feels, with insane over-the-top milkshakes and chocolate treats galore.