How to Meet Animal Actors at Universal without Seeing the Show
We all know about the Animal Actors on Location show at Universal Orlando. Located between The E.T. Adventure attraction and Springfield U.S.A., the show is great for families and Guests of all ages offering a fun look at how animals are used in movies of all kinds. Audiences get a chance to see Frank the Pug from Men in Black, Beethoven the St. Bernard, the cockatoo from Ace Ventura and many other types of animals such as birds, raccoons, and even a pig. After the show, Guests are able to go down to the front of the theater and have a chance to meet some of the animals, pet them, and even take photos with them. I’ve done it in the past, but this can become very crowded, very quickly. And on a busy day, it can be difficult to get to meet the specific animal you wish to. However, did you know there is another way to meet a few of the animals?
Earlier this week, we were exploring Universal Studios early in the morning and ended up over in the children’s zone. As we were approaching, we heard a voice talking about animals, stating facts, their names, what kind of animal it was, and movies they’ve been in. They were inviting Guests to come up and get a picture with them. Well, it turns out, right next to the exit of the E.T. Adventure, trainers bring out a few of the animals used for the show, Animal Actors on Location, and set up a small meet & greet. One talks over a loud speaker and answers questions any Guests may have about the animals, while the others take care of the animals. They only do this in the morning before any of the shows begin for the day, so if it’s something you’re children would like to see, it’s best to head over there right away. The crowds were thin and lines were short.
On this particular day, they had out a golden retriever, the cockatoo from various movies including Ace Venture, and a female St. Bernard. One trainer held the bird while the two dogs sat patiently, allowing Guests to come up and pet them and take photos. This is a great way to ask some questions you or your child may have about animal actors, but be sure to put it early on your itinerary for the day since they only stay out for an hour or two. For that day, they left at 11:00AM, the first show being at 11:45AM. It’s definitely something I’ll remember for my future visits of Universal Studios Florida!