What a Bunch of Characters at Universal Studios Hollywood
What a bunch of Characters at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is known for it's amazing Studio Tram Ride, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and action packed live shows, but did you know the place is crawling with crazy fun characters? As a Universal Studios Hollywood Passholder, we visit about once a month to enjoy the shows and a few rides. There are times though that we go just for Tram Ride, a bite to eat and to chase down some of the characters and play around. The best part is every visit is different as they are always rotating them so you never know who or what you might run into. I have a list of the characters you might find during your visit on any given day.
The character experience at the Lot is top notch, from the costumes and make up, to the people who portrait the parts, Universal has a great mix of past and present characters who are all very charismatic. Wondering where can you find some of the most recognizable movie & T.V show icons within Universal Studios? With the Lower Lot being much smaller in size compared to the Upper Lot you will run into almost all the characters as you exit the escalators.
Lower Lot Level of the Studio
- Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron
- Mummy's Revenge on Stilts
- Raptor Encounter
- Dora The Explorer
The majority of characters can be found upon passing the entrance gates heading towards the entrance of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (straight) as well as the split to the Minions Mayhem Attraction located on either side of the Central Plaza (to the left). TIP: As you enter the park, keep your eyes peeled as you will find many of them walking the main thoroughfare from the entrance all the way through to the Streets of Paris.
Upper Lot Level of the Studio
- The Minions, Dru, Edith, Margo & Agnes
- Doc Brown from Back to the Future
- The Simpsons
- SpongeBob SquarePants & Patrick Star
- Shrek, Donkey, Puss in Boots and Princess Fiona
- Hello Kitty
- The Mummy
- Marilyn Monroe
- Lucy Ball
- Curious George
- Scooby-Doo, Shaggy,Velma & Daphne
- DreamWorks’ Madagascar Characters
- DreamWorks’ Poppy & Branch
- DreamWorks’ Po & Tigress
- French Mimes on Stilts
- Betty Boop
- Bronze Action Man
- English Royal Guard
- Train Conductor at Hogwarts Express
Most characters like Megatron and Shrek have specific places they can be found at since they have themed locations they interact within. Others like Marilyn Monroe cover different parts of the lot and can be found strolling or at a fix location. FYI: Lines to many of the characters are usually very quick as they stroll around. They also like to travel around in groups like with the case of the Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula which can make for some gnarly "group" pictures. We have never waited more than 10 minutes before on any given day.
During Universal Studios special events you can also meet the Grinch, his dog Max and many of the Whoville inhabitants like Cindy Lou Who and Mayor Augustus Maywho during Grinchmas. For Lunar New Year Po's dad Mr. Ping was added to the mix last year within his very own noodle stand cooking up some chatter as well as fresh noodles.
Our favorite character interaction you ask? Ha, Beetlejuice! I actually avoided having my daughter meet him our first few visits for obvious reasons (he can be pretty raunchy) funny thing, he is the most hilarious one we have experience by far knowing how to keep in character while also keeping it age appropriate!
Available characters vary from day-to-day, so I can’t provide any kind of actual schedule but checking with a cast member or guest services the day of your visit is a sure fire way to get the scoop! And as the studio adds new attractions and experiences we can bet they will add more characters to their line up like they did this year with Hello Kitty. Have a favorite on my list you haven't seen yet or would like to? Let me know below in the comments! ~Cat