Netflix celebrated the 16th anniversary of Gilmore Girls by bringing the famous “Luke’s Diner” to The Coffee Garden in Orlando Wednesday.
Orlando residents started lining up as early as 5:30 a.m. for a free cup of “Luke’s coffee,” along with the promise of many Gilmore treats.
“It’s so great to be a part of something that was on the air for ten years, especially because this is the diner that everybody has always wanted to go to,” Heather Snider, 36, a hairstylist from Orlando, said.
Snider was first in line for the event after showing up at 5:30 a.m. Although she was the first in line, the parking lot was full and cars were lining up on the street when she arrived.
The Coffee Garden was adorned with the iconic “Luke’s Diner” yellow coffee cup sign.
Katherine Walker, 19, who was sporting her favorite Gilmore Girls inspired shirt, was most excited by the prospect of a Luke Danes look-alike who was seen wandering inside the shop.
“Every girl needs a ‘Luke,’ and with this opportunity we are really able to live out the fantasy we all had while watching the show,” Walker said.
Dressed in the signature flannel shirt and backwards baseball cap, Phillip Whaling, 25, acted as Luke, serving up the characters’ notorious sass, along with coffee, of course.
By 7:30 a.m., the line had stretched down passed the storefront, bombarding into the neighborhood around Kaley-Lake Como Elementary School.
650 coffee cups were handed out during the event, and each featured a coffee-related quote from the series along with a SnapChat QR code that unlocked an exclusive “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” filter that was available to the user for an hour. In addition, the visitor whose Instagram post received the most “likes” from the event at The Coffee Garden won a “Luke’s Diner” branded apron or hat.
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” airs Nov. 25th on Netflix.