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

February 22, 2019
Illumination's Despicable Me Family at Universal Orlando Resort

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!

Here’s 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


Trolls: Guy Diamond, Tiny Diamond (not pictured), Poppy and Branch

Trolls Characters at Universal Studios Florida

Meet your favorite fun, little creatures from Dreamworks’ Trolls. And watch out for flying glitter!

Location: Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone near E.T.’s Toy Closet


Illumination's Despicable Me Minions at Universal Orlando Resort

The most mischievous characters 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; Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Welcome to Despicable Me Family!

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Orlando Resort

Meet Gru and his family from Illumination’s Despicable Me!

Location: Universal’s Superstar Parade; Despicable Me Character Breakfast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Meet Vector

Vector from Illumination's Despicable Me at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Universal’s Superstar Parade

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

The Simpsons at Universal Orlando Resort

We know you’re ready to join America’s favorite animated family! Stop by and say hi!

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

Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob

Join us and meet the famous Krusty the Clown. Big smiles await!

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

Knight Bus Conductor

Knight Bus Conductor in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Next to the Knight Bus — the emergency transport for stranded witches and wizards — 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

Gringotts Goblin Money Exchange in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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, Bumblebee, and Megatron

Optimus Prime at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Production Central near the exit of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D

Hashtag the Panda

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon Hashtag the Panda 2

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

SpongeBob SquarePants at Universal Orlando Resort

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

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

Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and the Gang

Shaggy and Scooby at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Brown Derby Hat Shop

Doc Brown

Doc Brown at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: The entrance of Springfield, U.S.A. and on Hollywood Blvd.

Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey

Shrek Characters at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Production Central


Marilyn Monroe at Universal Orlando Resort

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

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


Beetlejuice at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty at Universal Orlando Resort

You can never have too many friends! And she can’t wait to meet all of you!

Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Hello Kitty Store

Mummy Guards

Mummy Guard from Revenge of the Mummy

These tall performers serve up serious looks all day long.

Location: New York near Revenge of the Mummy

Penguins of Madagascar

Madagascar Penguins at Universal Orlando Resort

These schemers are ready for their close up.

Location: Hollywood Blvd. near Garden of Allah

Dora, Diego, Boots, and Baby Jaguar

Dora the Explorer at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Universal’s Superstar Parade

Bonus: Universal’s Superstar Parade

Universal's Superstar Parade at Universal Orlando Resort

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 or The Official Universal Orlando App for times.


Hogwarts Express Conductor

Hogwarts Train Conductor in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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

Triwizard Spirit Rally in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Triwizard Spirit Rally gives you a chance to watch a performance and 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

Marvel Super Hero Island Super Heroes

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

Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

Marvel Super Villains: Green Goblin, Dr. Doom

Marvel Super Hero Island Villains

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

Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

Blue from Jurassic World

Raptor Encounter

Experience a raptor encounter and come face-to-face with the most recognizable member of the park’s raptor pack—Blue!

Location: Jurassic Park


Kung Fu Panda's Po at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Port of Entry

Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws

Puss in Boots at Universal Orlando Resort

Friends of Shrek and Donkey, these swash-buckling kittens are ready for a close-up.

Location: Port of Entry

Alex the Lion

Alex the Lion at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Port of Entry

Betty Boop

Betty Boop at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Popeye and Olive Oyl at Universal Orlando Resort

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

Location: Toon Lagoon

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

Dr. Seuss' The Things at Universal Orlando Resort

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!

Marvel 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 Universal’s 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.

Characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me

Saturday Seating at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am

Location: The Tahitian room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Seasonal Character Dining

Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience

Scareactor Dining Halloween Horror Nights

Characters: Monsters and maniacs from Halloween Horror Nights

Dinner on select event nights

Location: Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe in Universal Studios Florida

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast


Characters: The Grinch

Breakfast on select mornings in November and December

Location: Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

NOTE: Appearances of characters listed are 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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  • Reply Robin Hensley February 23, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    My autistic son and I waited for beetle bailey ,Betty boop and pop eye characters for over 115 minutes for them to show up.NOT EVEN ONE DID.My son was heartbroken. Ruined the day as he wanted pictures with them. They should appear when the time says, It will be a long time before I ever go back to Universal.1000 mile drive one way from Ohio and one of the most expected things to happen. Went TERRIBLY WRONG.

    • Reply Social Media Team February 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Robin. I will be sure to document and pass on your feedback to the appropraite teams in hopes that improvements can be made.

  • Reply Lynda February 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    You forgot the trolls – Princess Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond! Also, you can get a photo with the Frog Choir, Kitty Soft Paws, and Marilyn & the Diamond Bells. I love meeting characters and have a collections of their photos, including outfit variations.

    I would love it if Universal would add more new characters. During my last trip I spent 10 days at Disney and added 15 new characters, plus 17 outfit variations. Spent 12 days at Universal and only added one new character (Guy Diamond) and a couple outfit variations. Please consider expanding the character meet and greets.

  • Reply Alli Son February 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Although not technically a physical character, what about the ET photo op on the bicycle and in the closet?

  • Reply Theresa McCloud April 16, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    We went during spring break and had a wonderful time. On our last day, Volcano Bay we wanted to visit but it was so cold we just packed up and left. We’ll be visiting again on June 14th, my child’s birthday. It’s a surprise!

  • Reply Tiffany June 16, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    What about Loki? The most popular villain in Marvel they have the rights to display and he’s not there?

  • Reply crystal October 22, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    you forgot to put kitty soft paws in this article 🙁

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