New DreamWorks Character Meet Coming to Universal Orlando

May 18, 2021, 12:36 PM · Universal Orlando is introducing a new DreamWorks Animation meet and greet area to replace the former Barney show.

DreamWorks Destination will open soon in the KidZone area at Universal Studios Florida and feature characters from Trolls, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and other DreamWorks Animation films.

DreamWorks Destination entrance
Photo courtesy Universal

The meet and greet area will be set against a nighttime sky inspired by the studio's production logo. "As bright lights illuminate the scene, guests will connect with their favorite DreamWorks characters, grab some fun photos and even join them for an epic dance party that will get every member of the family to move it, move it," Universal said in its press release.

The attraction will open this spring, though Universal declined to provide a specific opening date.

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Replies (7)

May 18, 2021 at 12:46 PM

Yawn!!

UC - Let's kick this can down road another few years until we have enough money and ideas to actually modernize KidZone without undercutting Epic Universe.

It's clear Universal understands that they're not going to beat Disney in appealing to 2-6 year olds, but if they want their siblings and parents to come and be their core audience, they have to give the little ones SOMETHING to do. This just doesn't cut it in my eyes, but I'll give them some slack considering the impacts from the pandemic. However, Universal MUST fix KidZone in 2-4 years (that means BEFORE EU opens) if they want to truly appeal to families that will be essential to fill all the hotel rooms they've built over the past 5 years.

May 18, 2021 at 6:33 PM

@Russel https://youtu.be/g4gwLyBKYGY

May 18, 2021 at 8:26 PM

I would put the Pets ride and the Sing show in the Nickelodeon/Blue Man soundstages so that they’re front and center, not off the back corner of the park.
If Disney doesn’t renew The Simpsons license, Universal could demolish those imax screens and make that a proper gateway to what KidZone could be.

May 19, 2021 at 12:47 AM

How has Universal not done more with DreamWorks???

They have ownership of huge and very profitable franchises aimed at younger audiences, but have let KidZone languish for years.
That area should have gone all in on those properties the day Comcast acquired DreamWorks.

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May 19, 2021 at 4:18 PM

I agree with RM: Universal Orlando will be a distant second in the families with small children. With continued content being added to Disney+ there's no way that will change -- which is why WDW's attendance numbers will always outpace UO's.

Bu I still think this is a great use of dead space! With the right characters this will be a lot of fun!

May 19, 2021 at 8:08 PM

Seems like a great use as a "placeholder". Perhaps a proper makeover of Kidzone after Epic Universe is complete?

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