Universal Orlando Resort is a great place for thrills and attractions but you can meet a lot of fun characters at Universal Orlando as well. The characters at Universal Orlando are engaging and you can often meet them without a long wait. They have family favorites for young and old. We had a blast meeting all the charcters. If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando be sure to add character meet and greets into your plans.
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Universal Orlando has two parks to meet characters: Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You need separate admission for each park or you need to 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. Learn more about the Unique Photo-Ops at Universal Orlando.
If you have ever done character meet and greets at Walt Disney World be prepared that this is nothing like it! It is a lot less scheduled at Universal for Characters. 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.
Visitors at Universal are there for the attractions more then the characters. This is great because lines will be short!
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.
The park is divided into sections:
We met the Minions after you get off the Despicable Me:Minion Mayhem ride. If you don’t want to ride it go through the gift shop and the characters have a meeting space. We walked off the ride and walked right up to meet the characters. We also saw Gru walking around and taking pictures with people waiting in line! Sadly we missed him.
You never know which Transformer you are going to meet. We saw Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. They are huge and they talk to you!! It is so fun.
We didn’t have the opportunity to meet these characters on our last visit but they are walking around the area and if you’d like to meet them you can easily find them.
If you had hopes of meeting Harry Potter I am sorry to tell you that its not an option. You can’t meet the Harry Potter characters but you can meet the Knight Bus conductor and he will chat with the shrunken head.
On our visit we never saw the Simpsons walking around or at the meeting place. Both days it was Sideshow Bob & Krusty the Clown. If you have your heart set on meeting Bart ask the attendant if they know when they will be out. I find they are usually happy to help.
Hollywood Character Zone- At any given time/day you can expect to see some of these characters. Marilyn Monroe, Lucielle Ball, Betty Boop, Curius George, and many more. It really is a surprise. We were at the park a few days and we saw different characters every day.
If you want to meet Hello Kitty you will have your best luck going over to the Hello Kitty store and asking when she will be meeting. We met the Scooby Doo Gang and saw the Mystery Machine walking down the street.
They also have the Character Party Zone. The times are in the park. Honestly I didn’t know what it was but we stumbled upon it and met all the girls from Despicable Me!! At other times you can meet Dora & Diego, SpongeBob, and they have a Secret Life of Pets party. On our last visit we saw the Penguins of Madagascar and recently I have seen the characters from Trolls.
Islands of Adventure is a loop around a lake. It has different immersive lands to discover. They are:
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.
The highlight of this area to meet is the Raptor Encounter. We didn’t have an opportunity to meet it but it is awesome. You get to meet a “real” raptor. On our next visit we will definitely plan to meet the raptor.
We did have an opportunity to see a baby raptor be born in the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. My son even got to name it. This is a nice area to explore and “meet” the newest dinosaur to the Jurassic Park family.
If you love the classic cartoons you will love this area. Look for the Classic Comic Strip Characters time on your park map and meet Popeye, Olive Oil and other nostalgic favorites.
There are two character meeting times in this land. Meet Spider-Man and Meet the Marvel Super Heroes. Spider-Man has designated times but we met him in the gift shop as we exited the Spider-Man ride. I really love how fun and accessible the characters are for the kids.
The Marvel Super Heroes are spread out for their meeting. We asked where they would be and were directed to one characters spot. There were 4 different spots. We met Rogue & Storm, Cyclops, Wolverine, & Captain America. The kids got to hold Captain America’s shield!!
I love meeting the characters at Universal Orlando because they really make you feel as if you are part of their world. We had a blast and can’t wait to go back.
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