What Characters Are At Universal Studios Hollywood? | Guide & Tips

Not only does Universal Studios Hollywood have some of the best rides and shows at any theme park in the world, you can also meet some of your favorite characters from the most beloved movies! 

In this guide we'll share what characters you can meet at Universal Studios Hollywood as well as some helpful hints to make sure you see everyone and make the most of your character encounter!

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Where can I meet characters at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Characters can be found all throughout the park at Universal Studios Hollywood! 

Some characters like Optimus Prime and the minions meet right outside of their ride areas, but other characters like Scooby-Doo and Shaggy can appear anywhere! 

If there's a character you'd really like to meet our recommendation is to ask a Universal Studios Hollywood employee for more information. They'll likely have the most up-to-date information on where each character will be that day as well as what times they'll be appearing! 

TIP: Character appearance times and locations can change often, so be sure to keep an eye on the Universal Studios Hollywood app or ask an employee for help planning your character meetings!

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Do character meetings cost extra?

Character meetings are included in the price of your admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood.

TIP: You can save $10+ per person by purchasing your tickets in advance online!

Is there Express Pass for characters at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Express Pass is not valid for any character meetings at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Everyone must wait in the same line when meeting a character, but the good news is typically these lines move quick. You typically won't wait more than 5-10 minutes to meet a character except during the busiest times of year.

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What characters are at Universal Studios Hollywood?

Below is a list of characters you can meet at Universal Studios Hollywood. Not all characters on this list will appear everyday at the park and some characters only appear seasonally! 

  • The Minions and Gru
  • Bart, Homer and Lisa Simpson
  • Scooby-Doo and Shaggy
  • Curious George
  • The Grinch (Holiday season only)
  • Optimus Prime, Megatron and Bumblebee
  • Woody Woodpecker
  • Po
  • Spongebob and Patrick Star
  • Shrek, Donkey and Fiona
  • Raptors and other dinosaurs

raptor encounter at universal studios hollywood

Can I ask characters for autographs, pictures and videos?

Yes! Pictures and photographs are encouraged, and most characters are able to sign autographs for you. 

TIP: Universal has great autograph books for sale at their park, but you can save money by purchasing one in advance.

BONUS TIP: You can give a Universal Studios Hollywood employee your phone or personal camera to take a photo for you!