Universal’s Animal Actors v2

One of the park’s oldest shows, Universal’s Animal Actors gives guests a insider’s view on how animals work alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Who knows, you might even be cast in a production!

See some of Hollywood’s biggest animal stars and learn how they work alongside Hollywood’s most renowned actors. Witness remarkable tricks and see some of the industry’s most talented group of animals on stage.

Duration: 15 minutes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, ask for assistance. Seating is located near the front of the arena.

Flash Photography and Video Taping Policy: Permitted.

Height Restriction: No.

Child Switch: No.

Child Friendliness: Bring your kid along! See the intensity meter below for additional information.

Intensity Level:

By all means, this is probably the most kid-friendly show at the park. Not only does it deal with animals, but it also uses kids as participants. So if your child loves animals, be sure to bring ’em for the show.


Priority tips:

Scheduling: As a show, we highly recommend arriving 15-20 minutes before posted show times. Remember, show times represent when the show actually starts – not a recommendation as to when you should start lining up.

Restrooms: Universal’s Animal Actors has restrooms conveniently placed next to its entrance on either side.


Further tips:

Viewing: Middle seats are always recommended. If possible, we’d also suggest avoiding the top seats since their location makes it difficult to view the stage.

Participation: Typically, they need an adult and one or two children. Sit near the front with something noticeable if you want to be picked.

Animals: There are animal meet-and-greets next to the show’s entrance if you’re interested in meeting an animal from the show.

Forums: Have a question? Ask our forums!

Photo Gallery: Like birds? Visit our photo gallery for some pictures.


Like the Blues Brothers, Universal’s Animal Actors has always been on Universal’s roster in some shape or form over the past few years. And despite its various incarnations over the years, not much has really changed.

Audiences are still given a sneak preview of how animals behave and interact in the movie industry, and guests – specifically kids – are still asked to participate in the show’s various demos. And while fans (like ourselves) are still looking for some major changes to the show’s format, regular guests really seem to just enjoy the show for what it is.

Simply put, Universal’s Animal Actors is a simple combination of animal demonstrations, tricks, and a sneak preview of some of Hollywood’s insider techniques. Think of a much friendlier version of the Special Effects Stage with the obvious emphasis on animals. It’s cute, great for kids, and really just a fine way to wind down after a ride on Jurassic Park or Transformers. And while repeat guests might just want to skip the show something else, everyone else should find this show rather enjoyable.


“Overall, this is an excellent animal stage show for the whole family.”