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How to meet the Despicable Me characters at Universal Studios

We set out to meet the characters from Despicable Me that appear in the Superstar Parade each day.  We read on the map that they appear in the “Character Party Zone” at two specific times that I now list on the Universal Character Schedules page.  We arrived a few minutes late for the first meet and greet because: 1. We didn’t know it would be in front of Terminator 2: 3D and 2. It took 30 minutes to use Express Pass for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.  We had just enough time to meet Margo and snap a couple of candid photos before the float moved on.

First set in front of Terminator 2: 3D

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Margo from Despicable Me June 2013
Margo from Despicable Me June 2013
Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013
Adorable picture, right? Fluffy! Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013

Vector from Despicable Me June 2013
Vector from Despicable Me June 2013 He likes to pose with his arms crossed.

The Team Members confirmed that the second set would be in front of Mel’s Diner, so we planned to arrive a little early.

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Human Minions lead the float back down the street to the parade exit near Mel’s Diner

Second set: In front of Mel’s Diner

We returned a few minutes early and observed the float arriving.  Vector comes out first, then the giant float comes out and turns around.  The characters dance along to “Boogie Fever” before coming down to street level.

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A really large and really cool parade float.

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Here’s a short video of the characters performing “Boogie Fever”

We had noticed a long line to meet Gru at the first set.  He was located in front of the float, so I figured he’d be in the same location.  We moved into the line as soon as the Team Members told us it was clear, but were pushed back in the line by all the moms with little kids.  I had my kids hold our spot for Gru while I quickly met with Edith and Agnes.  The line forms and closes QUICKLY for Gru and pretty quickly for Vector, but the girls had short lines.  Gru’s assistant told everyone “One photo per family please.”

Gru from Despicable Me June 2013
Gru from Despicable Me June 2013     Do I look Despicable enough???

I quickly met Edith.  The human Minions are a lot of fun to pose with.  They make crazy faces and poses.  There really isn’t ANY time for interaction with the characters but you can make a crazy picture.

Universal Studios Orlando Despicable Me Meet and Greet Agnes
Universal Studios Orlando Despicable Me Meet and Greet Edith
Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013
Edith from Despicable Me June 2013

After meeting Edith I quickly rushed to meet Agnes.

Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013
Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013
Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013
Agnes from Despicable Me June 2013    Fluffy is lying down for a nap.

We finished off our meets by being last in line to meet Vector.

Vector from Despicable Me June 2013
Vector from Despicable Me June 2013
Vector from Despicable Me June 2013
Vector from Despicable Me June 2013
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The line for Vector was less definitive, so he was a “first come, first serve” character until the Team Member gained control over the line, but people were still just jumping in front of others for photos.
Vector from Despicable Me June 2013
Vector from Despicable Me June 2013   A lot of kids jumped up beside the vehicle for a quick photo op.  The Team Members had to clear the area before the floats could leave.

I would say it’s best to plan to meet the characters at BOTH sets.  Get in line for Gru first, then meet some of the girls.  You may have to wait until the second set to meet Vector and any girl you missed.  I was told that Gru often appears at 2:00 in front of Minion Mayhem and sometimes Vector appears as well.  I didn’t confirm this information though.  The characters appear quickly, do a song, then meet guests for 10-15 minutes and disappear again.

You’ll find the actual Minions at the little dance party room at the end of the Despicable Me:  Minion Mayhem attraction.  One or more will appear for about 4-5 minutes after each show, BUT not during the Early Entry Hour or during the first or last hour of park operation.

Minion Stuart at Minion Mayhem June 2013.  My daughter found a character that she is too tall to play!
Minion Stuart at Minion Mayhem June 2013. My daughter found a character that she is too tall to play!
Minion Stuart at Minion Mayhem June 2013.
Minion Stuart at Minion Mayhem June 2013.
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9 thoughts on “How to meet the Despicable Me characters at Universal Studios”

  1. Is there anywhere outside of the park that you can meet the minions or the characters? I would be happy with even cutouts that the kids could take pics with. We are going to be in Orlando at Disney for very short trip but my little ones would love to see the DM characters.

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  2. All the characters from Despicable Me, except the Minions, “sign” autographs. It’s not really a signature, it’s a stamp.

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  3. THANK YOU!!! Next time I go I must see Agnes. She is the most adorable thing. I didn’t even realize she did meets. Out of curiousity (and I suspect I know the answer) do any of these characters do autographs? Thanks again for your time and for always providing quality information, Kenny!

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