Mel’s Drive-In Diner Reopens at Universal Studios Florida

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We have some great news for those of you planning a visit to Universal Studios Florida! Mel’s Drive-In Diner at Universal Studios Florida has reopened its doors after a period of refurbishment, and it’s sporting some fresh updates while keeping its classic charm.

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The exterior of Mel’s Drive-In remains unchanged, so you’ll still recognize the iconic diner as you approach. However, once you step inside, you’ll notice some exciting changes. The Team Members are sporting updated uniforms, saying goodbye to the pink and blue aprons and bandanas. Instead, they’re now dressed to match the diner’s revamped look.

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One of the biggest changes is the shift to primarily mobile ordering. The original register counters have been removed, making way for a more streamlined experience. There’s still one register available for guests who need assistance, but most orders will be placed and picked up at the new red counter, under a shiny new marquee. Unlike some other mobile-order restaurants at the park, like Minion Cafe and Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous, your food won’t be delivered to your table. Instead, you’ll pick it up from the counter once it’s ready.


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The seating has also received an upgrade. Some benches and chairs now have a dual-toned design, and the center dining area features solid red benches with black bases. These are similar to the previous style but with a fresh twist.

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The Coca-Cola Freestyle machines have been themed to match the diner’s 1950s style, adding to the nostalgic atmosphere. The back dining area has undergone a significant transformation, with yellow walls and dark benches replaced by vibrant blues and reds. But don’t worry, parts of vintage automobiles and era-appropriate records still adorn the walls, keeping that classic Mel’s vibe alive.

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So, if you’re craving a taste of the ’50s and some delicious diner fare, head on over to Mel’s Drive-In at Universal Studios Florida. It’s the same Mel’s you know and love, but with a few modern twists that make it even better than before!


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