Here's Where Kids Can Meet Their Favorite Characters at Universal Orlando (Yes, Even the Bad Guys)
Whether it's flying on a broom with Harry Potter or pedaling a bike with E.T., Universal Orlando is where blockbuster shows and movies come to life. Not only can you "ride the movies," you can also meet some of your favorite characters at locations all around the park.
In fact, Universal just announced a brand new DreamWorks Destination where kids (and kids at heart) can party with popular characters from DreamWorks animated films. The show-stopping lineup includes characters from Trolls, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and more. And don't worry, this isn't a situation where you wait in line for an hour to give your pals a quick hug and then step back out into the blazing Florida heat. Located in the KidZone area of Universal Studios Florida, DreamWorks Destination is an indoor (air-conditioned!) party spot where you can have a dance party with the characters and snap some pics for the family photo album.
In addition to the new DreamWorks Destination, there's tons of places around Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure where kids can meet the characters they love. Here are 11 spots around the park to meet characters that you'll want to add to your itinerary for your next visit.
Marvel Super Hero Island
Kids can meet their favorite heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, and the X-Men in Islands of Adventure's Marvel Super Hero Island. If your kid is partial to bad guys, Dr. Doom and the Green Goblin pop in from time-to-time, too.
Waling into Islands of Adventure's Toon Lagoon is like stepping into the comic section of the Sunday morning paper. Among rides with themes including Popeye and Dudley Do-Right and restaurants like Comic Strip Cafe, you can introduce your kids to classic comic characters like Popeye, Olive Oyl and Betty Boop.
Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure is one of the best spots for little kids in all of Universal. None of the rides have a height requirement over 36 inches, and they can meet the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, the Grinch, and more at the Dr. Seuss Character Zone. The best time to see them all is during the Oh! The Stories You'll Hear! story time.
Character Party Zone
The Character Party Zone over at Universal Studios Florida is located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Despicable Me dance on colorful parade floats while their signature songs play in the background. Daily times are posted in the Universal app, and you can even set a reminder so you don't miss out on the party.
Hello Kitty Store
Where else would you meet Hello Kitty than outside the Hello Kitty Shop in Universal Studios Florida? She pops out throughout the day for photos in her adorable pink outfit and signature bow.
Hollywood Character Zone
As you stroll farther down Hollywood Blvd., you're likely to run into Homer Simpson, Shaggy and the rest of the Scooby-Doo gang, Curious George, Woody Woodpecker, and more in the Hollywood Character Zone. You never know who you might meet, so be on the lookout anytime you pass this way.
The Simpsons Character Zone
D'oh! If you want to see Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Homer Simpson, you'll usually find them outside near The Simpsons Ride in Universal Studios Florida. At The Simpsons Character Zone you might even run into Springfield baddies Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
There's no dedicated character meet-and-greet area in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but there are lots of spots to see witches and wizards. You can chat with the conductors of both the Knight Bus and Hogwarts Express, and catch performances by the Hogwarts Frog Choir, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, and the competitors of the Triwizard Tournament.
Everyone's favorite ogre and donkey duo have their very own 4-D attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Kids can meet Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey and get a photo with the gang before or after helping them stop the evil Lord Farquaad on Shrek 4-D.