A new restaurant headed to the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando has the lofty goal of bringing every kid's Willy Wonka chocolate factory fantasy to life. According to the official Universal Orlando blog, Toothsome Chocolate Factory will transport visitors "into a 19th century-inspired Steampunk chocolate factory" complete with "towering smoke stacks, funky gadgetry, and staff wearing unique Steampunk fashion."
While it seems there's no official connection with or licensing of the Chocolate Factory films, the restaurant definitely seems to be inspired by the 2005 version with Johnny Depp rather than the 1971 original starring Gene Wilder. Rumors of a Willy Wonka-themed "land" at the theme park have been rumored for years, with fans hoping for glass elevators and lickable wallpaper, but it seems for now a restaurant will have to do.
Universal promises that the restaurant will serve "unique twists on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, incredible salads, all-day brunch and so much more," along with a lineup of ridiculous-looking milkshakes and sundaes adorned with cookies and candy. (Sadly, snozzberry is not a flavor that's mentioned, nor is there a sundae that will turn you into a giant blueberry.)
The restaurant and candy wonderland is slated to open sometime "later this year" at Universal CityWalk, the retail and entertainment district adjacent to the park, which means visitors won't have to shell out for an admission fee. Meanwhile, those who can't wait for a sugar-loaded, fantastical themed experience can always hit up the park's Wizarding World of Harry Potter for some (nonalcoholic) Butterbeer. (For those on the opposite coast, Universal Studios Hollywood is preparing to launch its own Harry Potter world in April.)