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Start Your Day with the New TODAY Cafe at Universal Orlando Resort This Spring

May 1, 2019
TODAY Cafe Coming to Universal Studios Florida 1.53.50 PM

The TODAY Cafe is coming to our neck of the woods this spring with a grand opening date of May 16! Inspired by NBC’s long-running morning show, the new cafe will make you feel as though you have stepped onto the TODAY set with unique theming and specialty items.

TODAY Cafe will be located at Universal Studios Florida, just inside the iconic arches and across the street from the Universal Studios Store – a prime location to grab breakfast, lunch or a snack before or after enjoying the theme parks for the day.

Our creative and culinary teams teamed up with TODAY to create one-of-a-kind experiences…

The Dining Experience

The venue is designed to look and feel like Studio 1A in New York City where TODAY broadcasts daily. Vibrant orange awnings and large floor-to-ceiling windows will line the outside of the cafe, as well as outdoor seating meant to look like the TODAY plaza.

Inside, you will be able to step into the stage lighting and TODAY’s vibrant orange theming with a modern and sleek design. Plus, as you sit down and enjoy your cup of coffee and a bite to eat, you can catch up on top headlines from TODAY’s live broadcast.

Eat & Drink

TODAY Coffee - TODAY Cafe

The TODAY Cafe will offer a specialty TODAY Cafe Blend, made exclusively for the venue, featuring locally-roasted private label coffee. You’ll be able to sip handcrafted cappuccinos, espresso, lattes, cold brew and more while chowing down on pastries, made fresh on-site daily, for the perfect breakfast and afternoon pick-me-up.

You will also be able to enjoy unique and healthy options including avocado toast and an organic acai bowl, as well as sandwiches and salads. One of the standout features of the TODAY Cafe menu will be seasonal dishes inspired by a TODAY personality.

Al’s Avocado Toast

Al's Avocado Toast

The first seasonal dish is Al’s Avocado Toast, inspired by the one and only Al Roker! This dish features smashed avocados, cherry tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red onions, tomato aioli, toasted farmhouse white, served with bread & butter pickles.

Mulberry Street Italian Sandwich

Porchetta, spicy capicola, coppa, provolone, arugula, roasted tomato, basil aioli, on a crusty baguette

The Mulberry Street Italian Sandwich - TODAY Cafe

Porchetta, spicy capicola, coppa, provolone cheese, roasted tomato, arugula, basil aioli on a baguette

Chinatown Chicken Salad

Chinatown Chicken Salad - TODAY Cafe

Baby arugula, napa cabbage, radicchio, shiitake mushrooms, daikon sprouts wasabi cashews, soy peanut vinaigrette

SOHO

Roasted Cauliflower Salad - TODAY Cafe

Roasted cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, arugula, farro, avocado, prosciutto, lemon vinaigrette

I <3 Vegan

I Heart Vegan Sandwich - TODAY Cafe

Roasted Portobello mushrooms, peppers, zucchini, carrots, vegan jalapeno cheese, sun-dried tomato pesto, pressed cranberry artisan bread

Cheese Board & Wine - TODAY Cafe
Acai Bowl - TODAY Cafe
Pastries - TODAY Cafe
Fruit Tarts - TODAY Cafe
Kale with Oven Roasted Chicken Salad - TODAY Cafe

And, inspired by the fourth hour of TODAY, there will be wine and beer on tap, as well as a delicious cheese platter for two.

Check out some of the tasty menu items and let us know in the comments which dish you want to try first when the TODAY Cafe opens. Don’t forget to share with #ReadyForUniversal on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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52 Comments

  • Reply Frank February 26, 2019 at 9:37 am

    This looks awesome! Is there an opening date yet?

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Hi Frank, no official announcements have been made about the opening date. Keep checking the blog and our social media channels for updates!

  • Reply Jennifer February 26, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for including vegan options!!! <3

  • Reply Otto February 26, 2019 at 9:51 am

    The food looks great. Being from Europe I have no idea what the Today show is but as long as the food is good it’s alright. But shouldn’t it have been in the New York section of the park where Fallon is?
    I hope we actually get real glasses, plates and cutlery as shown in the picture and not that plastic stuff. It cheapens the experience a lot.

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Hi Otto, thank you so much for your feedback. Keep checking our blog and social media channels for more updates on the TODAY Cafe.

  • Reply ROY WASHINGTON February 26, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Will the Today Show merchandise be sold ie, mugs, tshirts, etc?

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Hi Jennifer!

    I am so happy to see you enjoy our food options! Thank you for the positive feedback. Come to see us again soon!

    -JL

  • Reply Makr Byrn February 26, 2019 at 11:22 am

    That should go well with the dull & boring Jimmy Fallon ‘ride’; not at all impressed with ‘corporate attractions’

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hi Roy! We haven’t announced any further details about the TODAY Cafe. I suggest continuing to check the blog and our social media channels for more information.

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hi! I’m truly sorry to read you’re disappointed with this announcement. Please know I’ve documented your feedback to send it to the correct departments. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  • Reply John Pastor February 26, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    This is a license to print money. Excellent idea with the celebrity food and beverage/wine concepts. It will probably be a great photo op to, especially with first time visitors to the resort. Nice ambiance and it’s synergy with NBC’s TODAY show is genius.

  • Reply Ken February 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I Admit it will be unusual not to see the Boulangerie there, but it looks cool enough

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Hi Robert!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us candid feedback. I am disappointed to see you were not pleased with your visit. I will be documenting your feedback and if you would like to provide further information, please give us a call at 407-224-4233 option 4 or send us an email at GuestServices@universalorlando.com.

    -JL

  • Reply George February 26, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Will this restaurant be accepted under the Universal Dining Plans?

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Hi George, thank you for your interest. We are unable to provide additional details about the TODAY cafe at this time. Please continue to check our blog and social media channels for updates.

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback, John!

  • Reply Tiff February 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Avacado toast and Universal Studios, two if my favs in the same place! ♥️♥️♥️

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Julie, Yes, it is. We do not have the hours just yet.

  • Reply Heather February 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    the menu looks great, but the theming is appalling. I’m sad to see such a quaintly and appropriately themed restaurant has been rethemed into the lackluster today show. There’ a reason the popularity of the today show has declined. Ho hum quality paired with the sexist scandals make me want to stay far away.

  • Reply Karen February 26, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I love the today show so I’m excited! Also thank you for some new yummy vegetarian options!

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Heather! We appreciate your feedback on this announcement. I’m very sorry if you’re disappointed with the TODAY Cafe. I went ahead and documented your feedback to send to the proper departments.

  • Reply LeslieAnn Signa February 26, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    The menu items sound terrific. My “go to” would be the Roasted Califlower Salad …. although I do love Avocado Toast…. but the Asian Chicken Salad looks equally deelish. Hmmmm perhaps I’ll have to try them all!

  • Reply Arnold Trudeau February 27, 2019 at 9:09 am

    How about some fat peoples snacks…like coffee cakes, donuts etc…????

  • Reply Lara February 27, 2019 at 10:27 am

    The place looks amazing, the colors are so vibrant and inviting. Defiantly has a happy vibe to it. I thinks its fantastic that there are healthy food options but I can see on the sample menu above almost every item contains nuts or something in the nut family…Cashews, pesto, avocado are all in the tree nut family . What options are there going to be for someone with an allergy.

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team February 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Lara! We are so happy that you are excited for the TODAY Cafe! We appreciate your feedback regarding the menu, and we have documented your concerns so they can be passed along to the proper departments.

  • Reply Gaby February 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you soooo much for the vegan options!

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team February 28, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      We love it!

  • Reply shirley K February 28, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    sounds delicious,like to try all of them

  • Reply shirley K February 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    would love to try all of them.

  • Reply Samantha March 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

    So awesome that there will be healthy options in the park! Thank you!

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team March 2, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Hi Samantha, thank you for the positive feedback! I’m very glad you’re excited about the food options. Hope you can come try them soon once it’s open.

  • Reply Ashley March 27, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    I can’t imagine a less exciting or interesting theme. 🙁

  • Reply mariap April 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    yummy, vegan options! finally!

  • Reply Wendy Ferreira April 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I would like the Asian inspired chicken salad. It looks really good

  • Reply James Bentley April 18, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Awesome! GF eats for my wife and I. Can’t wait to try.
    Jamie

  • Reply Gail April 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Will definitely need to try a few of those. They look amazing.

  • Reply Mary April 18, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Love the look of the menu items. Happy to have healthy and vegan items. The avacado toast looks amazing. I hope its vegan. Or if it has cheese, I’d be able to order it without.

  • Reply Judith April 18, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    We are looking forward to trying out this new Today Cafe. It will be especially nice during the cooler months of December, January and February to start our day at Universal Studios with a nice cup of coffee and a snack. The cheese platter for two looks enticing. So nice to see that the annual passholders are once again being given first try at something new. Thank you Universal.

  • Reply Aisling Kane April 18, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    I am so excited that they have some vegan options. That sandwich looks amazing. Can’t wait and will be there for the passholder preview.

  • Reply Christine Rescigno April 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    So excited !

  • Reply Liz April 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Where do I begin! Coffee, pastries, specialty sandwich and a cheese tray. That’s a good start <3 🙂

  • Social Media Team
    Reply Social Media Team April 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Hello! I am sorry to hear you are disappointed with this announcement. I have documented your feedback and it will be forwarded to the appropriate management teams for a review.

  • Reply Maria April 20, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Any milk alternatives such as coconut milk?

    Any gluten free bread ?

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team April 20, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Hi Maria! Stay tuned for more information about the menu to come.

  • Reply Michelle Rolon May 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    We are just so excited to be there next week! As Native New Yorkers living in Miami having the Today Show here live is a dream come true!

  • Reply Ely May 11, 2019 at 12:18 am

    El parqueo es gratis el 16 de mayo quiero ir a la inaguracion

  • Reply Debbie Yaeger May 16, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Will you be able to purchase a Today mug at the cafe?

    Thank you

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team May 16, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Debbie! The mugs are available for purchase at the TODAY Cafe.

  • Reply Laya Gordon May 18, 2019 at 1:25 am

    OH! MY! GOSH! You won’t believe HOW MUCH I fangirled when I saw the Grand Opening of the TODAY Café! It was LITERALLY the BEST THING I’ve EVER seen! I’m SO going there soon! I’m a HUGE FAN of both their show and the Café!

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team May 18, 2019 at 1:53 am

      We look forward to welcoming you to the TODAY Cafe on your next visit to Universal Studios Florida!

  • Reply Sarah May 20, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Do they have any restaurants in the park that are all vegan ?

    • Social Media Team
      Reply Social Media Team May 20, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Sarah!

      We currently do not have a Vegan restaurant, but we have several restaurants offering Vegan options.

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