Figuring that I’ve done pretty comprehensive coverage of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, I decided to venture elsewhere in the park for lunch on my third visit.
Passing several times through the Simpsons-themed land when going to and from Diagon Alley, a bright black-and-yellow food truck caught my eye and sparked my curiosity. After all, it’s hard not to miss the larger than life bumblebee head sitting atop the quick service stand. This bee, well, Bumblebee Man as he is known, is a recurring character in the long-running show.
Although I am not a big fan of the Simpsons, I do enjoy the biting and cheeky humor that is lavishly woven into this section of the park. From “Lard Lad” doughnuts to the “Twirl ‘n’ Hurl” kid’s ride, the laugh-out-loud details are a delight for adults, yet subtle enough to pass over kids’ heads.
Arriving around noon, I could walk right up to the truck with no wait. The menu is pretty straightforward as it consists of four types of tacos- fish, Korean beef, chicken, and carne asada (skirt steak).
Just as with the Three Broomsticks, upon stepping up to the window to order, I requested their allergy binder. Instead of receiving a binder, however, I was handed a laminated page packed with information. Impressed, once again, with Universal’s handling of quick service dining, I was excited to see that:
- All of the menu items are gluten-free (as long as they are specifically ordered with a corn tortilla
- The only dairy-containing items are the cheddar cheese on the chicken taco, which can be easily removed
- All menu items are peanut free
- The chips are safe because they are made with a dedicated fryer
- Once I ordered, an “allergen” notice was put into the system so that the prep chef was aware of precautions
- There is no up-charge for allergen-accommodations
When my order came up, I was pleased to find that the taco meal consisted of two tacos and a nice portion of fresh tortilla chips. The tacos were single-wrapped with one tortilla, but the tortillas were surprisingly strong as they held the contents without ripping or becoming too soggy. The chicken was perfectly seasoned, as well as tender and juicy. The salsa was chunky, fresh, and flavorful- just how I like it. The lettuce was also noticeably fresh. The accompanying tortilla chips had the perfect golden corn flavor and satisfactory crunch. I wished I had ordered a side of salsa to pair them with!
I must admit that I did not have the highest of expectations for this quick service spot, but Bumblebee Man not only impressed me, but completely won me over. It has a bang-for-your-buck factor that rendered it my go-to spot in the park for a quick lunch, dinner, or snack going forward.
Price: See above menu for prices
Accessibility: Easily wheelchair accessible
Special Features: Salsa and guacamole can be ordered on the side. Tables are located nearby for seating and shade. The tacos do qualify for the Universal dining plan (more info here).
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