Universal Characters and Character Zones in Universal Studios Florida in Orlando

 Dora and Diego posing during a meet and greet in Universal Studios Florida.

Dora and Diego posing during a meet and greet in Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Studios Florida Characters

There are a lot of different characters in Universal Studios Florida. You can meet these characters in Character Zones and in various areas around the park.

Sometimes these characters can be found in the streets of Universal with their own themed vehicle or float. For example, the Despicable Me characters sometimes come out with the Despicable Me parade float, and Dora and Diego sometimes ride around in a jeep. 

Let's explore some of the character zones and characters that you can interact with in Universal Studios Florida. 

Hollywood Character Zone

The Hollywood Character Zone in Universal Studios Florida is in the Hollywood area. Some of the characters that come out for a meet and greet include Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and Scooby Doo and the Scooby Gang (Shaggy, Fred, Velma, and Daphne). Characters typically don't come out at a set time, but instead make appearances throughout the day within a specific time frame (such as 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). To see them, keep your eyes peeled when you're on Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Boulevard. 

 Beetlejuice walking the streets of Universal Studios Florida.

Beetlejuice walking the streets of Universal Studios Florida.

Character Party Zone

The Character Party Zone is located in Hollywood in front of Mel's Diner on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. The characters that appear here do so at a set time (see the park map on the day you are visiting for scheduled times and appearances). Characters that you can expect to see in this section include Hop characters, Despicable Me characters (including Minions), Dora and Diego, and SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends. 

Meet Shrek and Donkey

Shrek and Donkey have a special meet and greet at set times throughout the day (times vary; see the park map when you visit). They appear in Production Central near the exit of the Shrek 4-D ride across the street from the Transformers N.E.S.T. building.  

Meet the Transformers

Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and Megatron make appearances periodically throughout the day in Production Central for a meet and greet outside of the Transformers N.E.S.T. building (across the street from Shrek 4-D and next door to the American Express Lounge). Only one Transformers character comes out at a time. Each appearance is preceded by a loud buzzing alarm noise.

 Curious George and Woody Woodpecker posing for pics in Universal Studios Florida.

Curious George and Woody Woodpecker posing for pics in Universal Studios Florida.

Meet SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends have special meet and greets throughout the day in SpongeBob StorePants (the SpongeBob gift shop) in Woody Woodpecker's KidZone. You can find scheduled times on the park map on the day you visit. The store has a nice backdrop that is perfect for photo opportunities. Like the other characters at Universal, you can sometimes find SpongeBob just wandering the streets of Universal Studios Florida, and he is more than willing to pose for a picture.

Other Characters With Unscheduled Appearances

Some of the other characters with unscheduled appearances include Beetlejuice, the Simpsons (Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie), Krusty the Clown, Sideshow Bob, the Men In Black, Woody Woodpecker, Curious George, and the Man in the Yellow Hat. You can also meet Hello Kitty, one of the newest Universal characters, in or near the Hello Kitty Store.

Islands of Adventure Character Zones

All of the Character Zones discussed so far are located in Universal Studios Florida, but there are also additional Character Zones that can be found in Universal's other park, Islands of Adventure. Read more about Islands of Adventure Character Zones.

Universal Studios Florida Character Image Gallery

See pictures of some of the characters in Universal Studios Florida.

Fan Favorites

Some of our readers have shared their favorite characters in Universal Studios Florida. Take a look at their responses:

My favorite Universal Orlando character is Woody Woodpecker.
— Jonathan G.
I like the character zones. The best characters are at Transformers. I like Bumblebee.
— Alvin R.
Gru and crew
— Karla F.
Lucille Ball
— Amanda
Woody Woodpecker
— Ellie
Krusty The Clown and Sideshow Bob
— Carl S.

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 Image credit: Ellie from  InitiallyCameraShy . 

Image credit: Ellie from InitiallyCameraShy

 Saya with Gru's girls. Image credit:  Karla Forshey . 

Saya with Gru's girls. Image credit: Karla Forshey