Universal Orlando Characters

There are lots of different characters that you can meet when visiting Universal Orlando Resort. Meet and greets give you an opportunity to interact and take pictures with the characters. You can even get a character autograph if you'd like. Some characters, such as the Transformers, appear in designated character zones. 

What Are Character Zones?

Character Zones are areas in Universal Orlando where you can meet your favorite characters, get autographs, and pose with characters for a photo opportunity. There are several different Character Zones in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. You can locate them and find out what time the characters will appear each day by perusing the free maps located at the entrance of the park.

In addition to scheduled character appearances, there are also some characters that make periodic appearances throughout the day. These characters do not come out at a set time listed on the map. They typically appear near Character Zones or attractions that they are associated with. For example, Doc Brown usually shows up near the Back to the Future car and locomotive. 

Character Zone Wait Times

You may need to wait in line to meet characters or pose for photos in the Universal Character Zones. Wait times vary depending on how busy the parks are. People move through the line relatively quickly, though, so you shouldn't have to wait much more than 5 to 15 minutes per character.

Character Dining

If you don't want to wait in line for character meet and greets in the Character Zones, or if you just want a more personable experience, you may want to consider a character dining experience. Universal Orlando offers several different character dining experiences at their on-site hotels and in the parks. 

One popular option is Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast at Café La Bamba in Universal Studios Florida. You get a breakfast buffet and a chance to meet characters from the Hop and Despicable Me movies. Character dining can also be found on select mornings and evenings at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel. And if the season is right, you may also be able to dine with the Grinch and his friends at the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous at Islands of Adventure. 

Characters in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure

Some of the characters you can meet in Universal Studios Florida include Dora and Diego, SpongeBob and friends, the Scooby Gang, Simpsons characters, and Despicable Me characters. Learn more about USF characters.

Some of the characters that you can meet in Universal's Islands of Adventure include Marvel superheroes and villains, Seuss characters, comic strip characters, and Wizarding World characters. Learn more about IOA characters.