Best Character Meet and Greets At

Universal Studios

Wondering what characters are must see's at Universal Studios? I have put together a list of all of the characters you'll be able to find while visiting Universal Studios as well as listed the best 10 character meet and greets.

Universal Studios Characters and Locations


Despicable Me Characters: Gru, Minions, the Girls(Agnes, Edith, Margo) Vector After the Riding Minion Mayhem or enter through the gift shop to see the Minions. During the Character Party Zone Times (Located typically on the street by Mel’s Drive-In) – Shr;ek, Donkey, and Fiona: Located near the exit of Shrek 4D in Production Central Area. – Hashtag the Panda: Located inside Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon. At times he may also be outside the area or in the gift shop.

Pharaohs from the Mummy: These characters are on stilts and roam around the front entrance to the Mummy attraction. – The Transformers: BumbleBee, Optimus Prime, Megatron There times rotate and you never know who will be out at what time. – The Knight Bus Driver (Harry Potter): Located outside the entrance to Diagon Alley.

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees: Daily shows inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. – The Simpson Characters: Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Bart, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob The character meet and greets rotate and do not know who will be out at the posted times. – SpongeBob & Friends: SpongeBob and Patrick. Located in the SpongeBob StorePants store. Character appearances vary.

Trolls: Poppy and Branch Located near KidZone Entrance. – Hollywood Icons: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Boop, Beetlejuice, Doc Brown, Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang, Lucille Ball As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard you will see many characters walking around, interacting with guests, and you often see surprise characters that are not listed on the guides. – Hello Kitty: Located outside the Hello Kitty Store on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard.

Blues BrothersLocated in the New York area. Daily shows. – Dora & FriendsMeet Dora, Diego, and Boots During Character Party Zone times. – The Secret Life of PetsDuring Character Party Zone times. This is part show and then a meet and greet after. The characters stay on the float but you can take pictures and “meet” them. – Penguins of MadagascarWe met the Penguins of Madagascar on our last visit but couldn’t find any information about if they are still there. They were located behind Cafe La’ Bamba

10 of the Best Character Meet and Greets


10. Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers is a show that runs daily at Universal Studios. They don’t have a specific meet and greet but as they walk around before the show and you may catch a moment to snap a picture or say hello. You may often see them driving their car around before or after the show. This can provide a moment to snap a quick picture with them as well. If you can’t stop to see them be sure to catch their show, it’s a great one!

9. Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang

Meeting Scooby Doo and the Mystery Gang is a fun meet and greet at Universal Studios. You can often meet Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, and Daphne all together in front of the Mystery Van. The actual character appearances vary but it is likely you will meet at least a few of them. This is a fun one because you get to meet the entire gang and talk with them about their latest mystery. You can find the characters on Hollywood Boulevard.

8. Despicable Me Minions

As you exit the Despicable Me attractions you enter a dance party where you can meet the Minions. They are on your left as you exit and the line is usually short. We have seen one or two Minions at a time to meet and although they aren’t very interactive it is a fun character to meet.

7. Hashtag the Panda

Hashtag the Panda can be found near the Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon attraction. He doesn’t have a specific location to meet but can usually be found around the Tonight Show gift shop or inside the attraction at the waiting area.

6. SpongeBob Square Pants

SpongeBob Square Pants has a really fun store located outside of the KidZone entrance. Here you can see different SpongeBob merchandise and meet SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward. They do not meet at the same time so you should ask an employee inside the store for more information. Exploring the store is also a must for any SpongeBob fan.

5. The Simpson Family

At Universal Studios you can meet Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa all in one meet and greet. They can be found near The Simpsons attraction in Springfield U.S.A. The characters don’t talk but it is a great family photo to get at the park.

4. Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona

One of the things we love about the characters at Universal Studios is how interactive they are. On our last visit we met Shrek, Donkey, and Fiona. They talked and made jokes with the kids. It was really funny and ended up being one of our favorite meet and greets of the day.

3. Knight Bus Driver

The Knight Bus Driver at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is another interactive meet and greet at Universal Studios. He can be found in the King’s Cross area of the park, before you enter Diagon Alley. There you can chat with the Knight Bus Driver and his partner the shrunken head. The fun part about this meet and greet is how the shrunken head and the knight interact with guests and really personalize the experience. We always really enjoy this meet and greet when we visit the park.

2. Transformers

At Universal Studios you can meet three different Transformers. They are Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee, and Megatron. They aren’t as interactive as some meet and greets, but the Transformers are massive, making this top on our list. The meet and greet is more of a photo-op because the characters don’t talk much with you but it is an impressive character to meet during your day.

1. Beetlejuice

Our number one character at Universal Studios to meet is Beetlejuice. Even though our kids have never seen the movie we still found this meet and greet to be one of the best. Usually Beetlejuice is walking around the Hollywood Boulevard area. He doesn’t have an official location or time. Finding him is pure luck and he doesn’t disappoint with his fun banter.