A Complete Guide to Meeting Characters at Universal Orlando Resort

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Step into the magical world of Universal Orlando Resort, where beyond the pulse-pounding rides and dazzling attractions, awaits an array of beloved characters ready to make your visit unforgettable. From timeless favorites to modern icons, the parks are alive with opportunities to meet and greet your favorite personalities. Join us as we embark on a journey through Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure, discovering the enchanting encounters awaiting around every corner. Whether you’re seeking adventure, mystery, or simply a warm hug from a cherished character, Universal Orlando Resort has something special in store for every visitor.

Pro Tip: Stay ahead of the excitement by checking designated meet and greet times on the Official Universal Orlando Resort app.

Universal Studios Florida

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Gang

Location: Hollywood

Join the Mystery Gang, led by the ever-lovable Scooby-Doo, as they make regular appearances in the Hollywood area with their iconic Mystery Machine. Stop by to unravel the latest Universal mystery they’re tackling, and don’t miss out on some Scooby Snacks along the way!

Doc Brown

Location: Hollywood

Great Scott! Prepare to be amazed as Doc Brown from Back to the Future traverses Hollywood Boulevard, immersed in his latest scientific marvels. Rumor has it, he’s on the lookout for adventurous souls eager to join him in his daring experiments. Will you be the next to step into the world of time-traveling wonders?


Location: Hollywood and New York

Between Marilyn’s captivating shows with her Diamond Bellas, located near Revenge of the Mummy, you might catch her taking a leisurely stroll down the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame. Keep an eye out, as she might serenade you with a tune or even impart a mini acting lesson, perfect for aspiring stars of tomorrow!


Location: Hollywood

He’s the ghost with the most! Speak his name three times and behold, he materializes on Hollywood Boulevard. Keep your wits about you, for this mischievous trickster is often spotted loitering outside the Horror Make-Up Show.

Hello Kitty

Location: Hollywood (inside the Hello Kitty store)

Indulge in a delightfully sweet meet and greet with the one and only Hello Kitty, adorned in her signature bright-pink attire. And for those die-hard fans, don’t forget to grab an adorable headband from the Hello Kitty store to perfectly complement your photo op with the iconic character!

DreamWorks Characters

Location: Central Park (near NBC Media Plaza)

Embark on a whimsical journey with our beloved DreamWorks friends, gathered near Central Park to spread joy and laughter. Shrek and Fiona extend warm greetings from Far Far Away Land, while the swashbuckling Puss in Boots shares tales from his latest escapades, occasionally joined by his adventurous counterpart, Kitty Softpaws. Madagascar’s Alex, Gloria, and King Julian inject the scene with their infectious energy, while Poppy and Branch from Trolls enchant visitors with their delightful dance routines. Join the festivities and make unforgettable memories with these iconic characters!

Location: Illumination Theatre

Explore the vibrant world of Minion Land and step into Illumination Theater for an exclusive chance to meet and greet beloved characters from Illumination films. Rub shoulders with the lovable Minions, the cunning Gru, and his delightful daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes, alongside characters from the hit film “Sing”. Keep your eyes peeled for a certain fan-favorite “Despicable Me” supervillain, easily recognizable in his distinctive orange attire. Get ready for an unforgettable encounter that’s sure to leave you saying, “OH YEAH!”


Location: Alley near TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D

Attention, recruits! Get ready to embark on an epic encounter with the Bots from Transformers! Positioned next to TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3-D, keep your eyes peeled for appearances by Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron, who grace Universal Studios Florida at various times to interact with humans. With the characters rotating randomly, brace yourself for the heroic presence of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, or the formidable presence of Megatron. Are you prepared for the adventure that awaits?

The Simpsons

Location: Hollywood Area

Indulge in a delicious Lard Lad donut and make your way to The Simpsons Ride for a memorable encounter with your favorite Springfield residents. Join Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa Simpson, along with Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob, for a delightful experience straight out of Springfield, U.S.A. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of The Simpsons!

SpongeBob SquarePants & Friends

Location: SpongeBob StorePants

Welcome to the SpongeBob StorePants, where “F is for friends who do stuff together!” Immerse yourself in the whimsical world of Bikini Bottom as you meet and greet SpongeBob, Patrick Star, and Squidward. Get ready for a fun-filled adventure alongside these beloved characters from the deep sea!

Knight Bus Operator

Location: London

The Knight Bus Operator is always eager to share insider tips about London sightseeing with visitors. And don’t miss out on the animated shrunken head that accompanies the operator—it promises a unique and entertaining experience every time you pay a visit!

Mummy Pharaohs

Location: New York near Revenge of the Mummy

Are they also on the hunt for our souls? Perhaps, but fear not, for they’re also here to strike a pose! Strike your most chilling stance as the Mummy pharaohs loom overhead, capturing a spine-tingling photo memory that you’ll cherish forever!

Hashtag the Panda

Location: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Step into the spotlight with the greatest dancing panda bear of all time! Bust out your best dance moves and strike a pose alongside this iconic figure, who holds a special place in The Tonight Show’s illustrious history. Get ready for a photo op that’s sure to be a highlight of your visit!

Location: Near Mel’s Drive-In

Come on, let’s go meet Dora! With her trusty map and backpack by her side, Dora has journeyed to Universal Studios Florida and is excited to meet fellow explorers like you!

Universal Islands of Adventure

Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Villains

Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

The iconic superheroes from the pages of comics have assembled at Marvel Super Hero Island not only to combat crime but also to strike a pose with you! Join forces with Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, and Rogue, and feel like you’re part of the team. For those with a penchant for mischief, keep an eye out for iconic Marvel Villains like Doctor Doom and The Green Goblin, prowling the streets in search of allies to aid their sinister schemes.

PRO TIP: If you’re a die-hard Marvel superfan craving more time with your favorite heroes, don your own superhero attire and don’t miss the Marvel Character Dinner at Cafe 4 in Islands of Adventure!

Dr. Seuss Characters

Location: Suess Landing

Embark on a whimsical journey to meet beloved Dr. Seuss characters, including The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Sam I Am, Thing One and Thing Two, and the Grinch. Discover these iconic characters scattered throughout the land and catch them live in the delightful show “Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear,” located next to All the Books You Can Read. Get ready for a Seuss-tastic adventure filled with joy and wonder!

Blue, the Velociraptor

Location: Raptor Encounter in Jurassic Park

Ever dreamt of coming face to face with a dinosaur? Well, at Raptor Encounter, your dreams can come true as you meet Blue the Velociraptor from the Jurassic World films! While this “clever girl” is trained, she’s still quite feisty, so keep an eye on your fingers and toes during your interaction. With the right approach, you might just earn the title of the next qualified Raptor trainer!

P.S. Keep an eye out for resident baby Raptors, occasionally brought out by our skilled Raptor trainers to help them acclimate to human interaction. It’s a fantastic opportunity, especially for those guests who might find the fierceness of an adult Raptor a bit intimidating.

Kung Fu Panda Characters

Location: The Lost Continent

Prepare for an epic encounter with the Dragon Warriors Po and Tigress from the Kung Fu Panda movies, who have graciously extended an invitation to meet future kung fu champions at The Lost Continent. If fortune smiles upon you and they happen to be there during your visit, consider yourself truly fortunate!

King Julian

Location: The Lost Continent

Besides Universal Studios Florida, this lively lemur can also be spotted in The Lost Continent! King Julian reigns supreme here, hosting energetic dance parties throughout the day. Afterward, guests can capture a moment with him and strike a pose!

Popeye and Olive Oyl

Location: Toon Lagoon

“I am what I am, and that’s all what I am!” Get ready to meet Popeye the Sailor Man and his sweetheart Olive Oyl as they make appearances in various locations around Toon Lagoon. You can often find them near Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and throughout the vibrant streets of Toon Lagoon.

Hogwarts Express Conductor

Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade and be greeted by none other than the Hogwarts Express Conductor, the friendly face that welcomes you to this enchanting snow-capped village. With a wealth of knowledge about all the wonders Hogsmeade has to offer, he’s always delighted to meet you for a magical photo op!

Students of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang

Location: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Witness the dazzling spectacle as the students of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute for Magical Study grace the Triwizard Spirit Rally with their vibrant procession of magic. After the mesmerizing show, they’ll linger to offer photo opportunities, welcoming wizards and non-wizards alike to capture memories of the magical moment.


Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome & Jacques

Location: The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Let’s not overlook the beloved characters at Toothsome! While you savor the delectable and diverse offerings at the restaurant, don’t miss the chance to spot Penelope Toothsome and Jacques. Penelope, the culinary genius, delights in sharing tales of her travels, which inspired the mouthwatering recipes featured in this establishment. And alongside her is her loyal robot companion and co-entrepreneur, Jacques, ever ready to assist in creating culinary magic.

Which characters at Universal Orlando Resort are you most excited to meet?

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