Where to Dine with Universal Studios Characters
By Carrie McLaren
Do your little ones dream about sharing a meal with their favorite Universal Studios characters? In Orlando, they can.
From the Minions to Spongebob Squarepants and even The Grinch, there are numerous opportunities to meet larger-than-life Universal Studios characters at restaurants found at Universal Orlando's resorts.
Here’s a look at the character dining options at Universal Orlando Resort:
Universal's Superstar Character Breakfast features morning favorites like bacon, pancakes, waffles, yogurts, bagels and more. Little ones can meet favorites from Universal's Superstar Parade held each afternoon. Diners also receive access to an exclusive viewing area for that afternoon’s parade. This breakfast takes place at Cafe La Bamba at Universal Studios Florida, Thursday through Saturday. Park admission is required, in addition to the cost of the breakfast. Reservations are required.
For those interested in dining outside of the parks, many of the on-site hotels feature character meals, too.
On Sunday mornings, don’t miss the character breakfast at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. This breakfast includes an omelet station and a full breakfast buffet -- and Minions.
On Friday nights, the character fun takes place at Trattoria del Porto inside the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
On Saturday nights, have a rockin’ dinner with Gru, the characters from Hop and more at The Kitchen inside the Hard Rock Hotel.
And on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, have fun with character friends in the Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
Whether you choose breakfast or dinner, it’s sure to be a fun meal – for both you and your kids. Reservation requirements vary depending on the location. For more information, visit the website to reserve your dining plans online.
Insider Tip: During the holidays, The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast takes place at the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Book early; this special breakfast is available only on select dates.
If you go...
Universal Orlando Resort
6000 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, Fla 32819