Who is your favorite character to meet when you visit Universal Orlando Resort? With over 65 different character meet and greets between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, you could spend an entire day meeting them and still not see everyone. Below I have a list of the Universal Orlando Character Meet and Greets, where to meet them, and how to plan your visit.
Universal Orlando Resort has two parks with character meet and greets at both. The two parks are Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. (Tickets are required for each park or you can purchase a park-to-park ticket.)
On your park map each section of the park has a list of attractions, characters, and places to eat. Check out the times for each character and plan you day accordingly. We really wanted to meet the Simpsons so we made sure to be around that area when it was time to meet them.
If you have ever done character meet and greets at Walt Disney World be prepared for a different pace. Character Meet and Greets at the Universal Orlando parks are a lot less scheduled and structures.
When we met the Marvel Characters at Island of Adventures they told us they would be “around the area”. This was a shock to a super planner like me but it ended up being really easy.
The wait times for characters at Universal Orlando rarely see more than 15 minutes, with a few exceptions like the Raptor Encounter. This is great because lines will be short and it doesn’t take up a lot of your time at the park.
We met over 20 characters and never waited more then 15 minutes. Often our character wait was under 5 minutes and the kids spent a lot of time with each character. They were so fun and engaging!
When you arrive at Universal Orlando you want to pick up the park map guide. The guide has information for both parks in it. You can review the map while you are waiting for the gates to open. This will save you time and help you plan out your day.
If you are a super planner like me-you can check out the Universal Orlando website about 30 days before you arrive for an updated schedule and times guide. I find the website a bit tricky to navigate but did find the times for character meet and greets under the showtime tabs. You can find them here: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Universal likes to surprise you with character meet and greets. Even if an area does not have a posted character time you may see some walking around and interacting with guests.
You can’t meet Harry, Ron or Hermione, but you can meet the Knight Bus Drive and chat with him and the shrunken head. It is a great photo-op and a fun moment for Harry Potter fans.
Check out the video of what to expect when you meet the Transformers. They are truly massive and really interactive.
The Hollywood Character Zone is the place to meet classic characters. At any given time of day you can expect to see some of the characters walking around. It really is a surprise. We were at the park a few days and we saw different characters every day.
Moving on to Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando’s second theme park. Islands of Adventure has less characters than Universal Studios but the ones they have are awesome and you won’t want to miss them.
This might be my favorite land because of the bright colors and fun characters to meet. On the times guide, Universal bundles the Seuss characters into the Seuss Character Zone. This is a window of time and the characters are spread through out the land. They are all close enough to easily meet everyone.
If you are planning a family vacation to Universal Orlando, it can be overwhelming. I highly recommend the following posts to help get you started:
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