I took my kid to Universal for her first time yesterday and the characters were fantastic! Except for Disneyland's often great Cruella, it seemed like Universal might have an even slightly more impressive group of actors than Disney has in Anaheim.
Count Dracula was the about 6 ' 2", handsome, and charismatic. My daughter doesn't usually like to be called "princess," but the Count's smile and accent almost hypnotized her.
Statue guy was talented and friendly.
The Spongebob was hilarious and energetic.
The Scooby Doo seemed absolutely thrilled to meet us.
The ancient Egyptians on stilts were interesting, impressive and nice. (She smiled despite the contacts and stilts.)
I'm looking forward to seeing the characters again when we return to Universal. Thank you, Costco, for the 5 visits for $59 deal! Our passes will last till after the Transformers lines decrease a little and past Grinchmas.
And this too is off subject, but I was also impressed with the other cast members. The locker attendants, a mummy attraction host, and the Mel's restaurant workers were all outstanding, and all of the bathrooms were really clean!
I've read that ride operators are the most over-educated workers in America in terms of degrees and education required. The team at Universal might reflect this--they seemed bright and dedicated, and strengthened my desire to work in a theme park for my retirement job, though I'd like to go back to Disneyland. (After almost 50 years away.)