A Complete Guide to Every Character Meet-and-Greet at Universal Orlando Resort


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One of the undisputed best parts of a Universal Orlando Resort vacation is never knowing who you might run into while roaming the streets. Yeah, we’re talking characters. Just think about how great your Instagram will look with all of these famous faces!

Discover the comprehensive guide to character meet-and-greets at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure below, plus some bonus character dining opportunities!


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  • Characters at Universal Studios Florida
  • Characters at Islands of Adventure
  • Character Dining Opportunities

    Minion Characters at Universal Orlando Resort


    The most mischievous guests you’ll find in Universal Studios Florida come to us straight from Illumination’s blockbuster Despicable Me franchise.

    Pro tip: Minions love dance parties as much as they love mayhem!

    Location: The exit of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem inside the Super Silly Stuff store

    Welcome to Despicable Me Family! 

    Don’t miss out! Gru and his adorable three girls –Margo, Edith and Agnes—are here to join you for the most despicably delightful photo of your visit.

    Location: Superstar Parade

    Meet Vector

    Gru’s archnemesis Vector wants to meet you (well, that and take his place as the world’s greatest super-villain…)

    Location: Superstar Parade

    Simpson's at Universal Resort Orlando

    The Simpson Family: Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie 

    We KNOW you’re ready for a run-in with America’s favorite family from the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history.

    Location: Springfield, U.S.A. near The Simpsons Ride

    Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob

    Meet the mischievious clown and his sidekick… straight from The Simpsons television show, one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises, recognizable throughout the world.

    Location: Springfield, U.S.A. near The Simpsons Ride

    Knight Bus Conductor

    Next to the Knight Bus, which stranded witches and wizards use for emergency transport, you can chat with the bus conductor and the talkative shrunken head hanging over the steering wheel.

    Location: Next to the Knight Bus in London near The Wizarding World of Harry Potter –Diagon Alley

    Gringotts Goblin

    Before trading in your cash for Gringotts bank notes, ask him a question and see what he has to say.

    Location: Diagon Alley inside Gringotts Money Exchange

    Optimus Prime at Universal Studios Florida

    Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron

    One at a time, these stars of the Transformers movies will come out and actually talk to you.

    Location: New York, near the exit of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D

    Hashtag the Panda

    Jimmy Fallon’s pal is here and ready to mingle.

    Location: Inside Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

    SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and Squidward Tentacles

    They live under the sea, but they’re here to celebrate with you.

    Location: SpongeBob StorePants in Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone; Superstar Parade

    Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and the Gang

    Come find this crew whenever you need a mystery solved or a bad guy unmasked.

    Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Brown Derby Hat Shop

    Doc Brown

    It’s time to go Back to the Future with this eccentric inventor.

    Location: The entrance of Springfield, U.S.A. near the DeLorean, and Hollywood Blvd.

    Shrek Characters at Universal Orlando Resort

    Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey

    SomeBODY once told me this was the best place to say hi to Duloc’s finest.

    Location: Production Central near Shrek 4-D

    Puss in Boots

    A friend of Shrek and Donkey’s, this swash-buckling kitten is ready for his close-up.

    Location: Production Central near Shrek 4-D

    Lucille Ball

    Tell Lucy just how much you love her.

    Location: Hollywood Blvd.


    Snap a photo with this starlet in her iconic white dress.

    Location: Hollywood Blvd.; New York after the Marilyn and Diamond Bellas show



    You don’t have to say his name three times, this guy just loves hanging out here anyway.

    Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show

    Betty Boop

    You might also spot this classic cartoon bombshell.

    Location: Hollywood Blvd.

    Hello Kitty

    You can never have too many friends! And she cant wait to meet all of you!

    Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Hello Kitty Store

    Mummy's at Universal Orlando Resort

    Mummy Guards

    These tall performers serve up serious looks all day long.

    Location: New York near Revenge of the Mummy

    Penguins of Madagascar

    These schemers are ready for their close up.

    Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Garden of Allah

    Dora, Diego, Boots, and Baby Jaguar

    This crew from the popular kids’ show Dora the Explorer is always up for adventure.

    Location: Superstar Parade

    Barney and Friends

    Come meet and sing-along with your favorite purple dinosaur.

    Location: Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone near A Day in the Park with Barney


    There to welcome you into the park, this guy also takes photos in front of his bright yellow taxi.

    Location: Universal Studios Florida entrance

    Spongebob at SuperStar Parade at Universal Orlando

    Bonus: Universal’s Superstar Parade

    One of the easiest ways to catch a ton of Universal characters is at Universal Studios Florida’s Superstar Parade. Every day, the streets of the park are transformed into a giant stage for interactive experiences with all of your favorites: SpongeBob SquarePants, Max and Duke from The Secret Life of Pets, Gru and the Minions, Dora and Diego, and more! Check your park map for times.


    Hogwarts Express Conductor at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Hogwarts Express Conductor

    The amiable conductor of Hogwarts’ famous train is here to greet you.

    Location: Next to the Hogwarts Express right inside the entrance to Hogsmeade

    Students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang

    The Triwizard Spirit Rally gives you a chance to meet these visitors from other wizarding schools.

    Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade near Flight of the Hippogriff

    Marvel Super Heroes: Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue

    Who doesn’t want to hang out with these heroes?

    Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

    Marvel Super Villains: Green Goblin, Dr. Doom

    When the heroes are away, the villains come out to play.

    Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

    Blue at Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park Raptors 

    Experience Raptor Encounter! But be careful… these beauties bite.

    Location: Jurassic Park


    Kung Fu Panda’s affable title character will show you some kung fu moves.

    Location: Port of Entry

    Alex the Lion

    From the Madagascar films, Alex is a showman who will most certainly pose with you.

    Location: Port of Entry

    Betty Boop

    You can also find this classic cartoon bombshell on this side of the Universe.

    Location: Toon Lagoon near The Betty Boop Store

    Popeye and Olive Oyl

    Bring on the spinach. The sailor man and his sweetheart can pack a punch.

    Location: Toon Lagoon

    Thing 1 and Thing 2 at Universal's Islands of Adventure

    Dr. Seuss Characters: The Grinch, Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam I Am, and The Lorax

    Spend some time with Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters.

    Location: Seuss Landing, after the Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear show


    Want to do some extra schmoozing with your favorites? Or maybe you just want to ensure you get to meet the character of your dreams. Share a meal with Universal characters at one of the following dining events.

    In-Park and Seasonal Character Dining require reservations. Click here to start booking!

    Spiderman at Universal Orlando

    In-Park Character Dining:

    • Marvel Character Dining
      Characters: Captain America. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Rogue
      Dinner Thursdays – Sundays (5:00 – 7:00pm)
      Location: Cafe 4 in Islands of Adventure

    Hotel Character Dining:

    Put a little mayhem in your meal! No reservations required, but dining tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.

    • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
      Characters from Despicable Me
      Breakfast on Saturday mornings at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 10:30am
      Location: Cayman Court


    Seasonal Character Dining:

    And please note: appearance of characters listed is subject to change without notice, and not all characters listed are guaranteed to appear at the same time, or on the same day.

    That’s it! All you need to know about the endearing cast of characters who inhabit Universal Orlando Resort. Who are you most looking forward to meeting on your next trip?

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