DreamWorks Land Graphic With Poppy Troll Shrek and Po Kung Fu Panda

Universal Will Open DreamWorks Land This Summer: Here’s Everything Parents Need to Know

If your kids dream of spending the day in Shrek’s swamp or pretending to be the size of Poppy and her pals, there’s a brand new land coming to Universal Orlando Resort that will be perfect for them. We’ve got details about what to expect in this new DreamWorks Land at Universal Orlando so you can have the best time ever!

When Will DreamWorks Land Open?

Universal announced plans for DreamWorks Land last year, and the area has been slowly unfolding ever since. DreamWorks Land opening date is this summer 2024 at Universal Studios Florida. It is bound to be a delight for kids who love films like Kung Fu Panda and shows like Gabby’s Dollhouse.

Shrek Character Meet and Greet at DreamWorks Land - Artist Concept
Shrek Character Meet and Greet at DreamWorks Land Artist Concept

DreamWorks Land follows the opening of Minion Land at Universal, and will open before Universal’s newest theme park, Epic Universe, opens its gates in 2025. As Universal continues to update and change its landscape, here’s everything parents need to know about the opening of DreamWorks Land.

And stay tuned! We’ll bring you insider tips and parenting reviews once DreamWork Land opens.

Where Is DreamWorks Land?

Curious where within Universal Studios Florida the DreamWorks action will be taking place? DreamWorks Land will be located where the Curious George Goes to Town interactive water play area and Feivel’s Play Land formerly sat, near the Animal Actors on Location show and E.T. Adventure.

If your family ever met Barney and his pals at A Day in the Park with Barney, it’s the same area.

Barnie Characters at Former Kids Zone at Universal Orlando
Barnie Characters at Former Kids Zone at Universal Orlando image by Terri Peters

Universal’s DreamWorks Land will celebrate DreamWorks Animation in a new way

DreamWorks Land will incorporate franchises like Kung Fu Panda, Trolls, and Shrek, as well as shows like Gabby’s Dollhouse.

With interactive play areas, shopping, treats, rides, and character meet-and-greets, the land will be a fully immersive experience for DreamWorks fans of all ages. Here’s what we know is coming to the brand new land at Universal Studios Florida.

Shrek's Swamp under construction at DreamWorks Land
Shreks Swamp under construction at DreamWorks Land image by Terri Peters


  • Shrek’s Swamp Meet: Here, families will be able to meet characters like Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey against the backdrop of Shrek’s cottage.
  • Shrek’s Swamp for Little Ogres: This kids’ play area will feature four slides, wet play areas, and a playground, as well as an opportunity for guests to visit Shrek’s outhouse.
  • Mama Luna Feline Fiesta: Kids may spot Puss in Boots himself at this interactive play area themed around the film Puss in Boots 2: The Last Wish.
  • King Harold’s Swamp Symphony: Frogs that ribbit and lily pads perfect for jumping make up this musical play area for little ones.
  • Swamp Snacks: This food kiosk will serve up Shrek-tastic treats like Shrekzels, Far Far A Waffles, and Frozen Ogres.
Looking Into DreamWorks Land Front Area Under Construction image by Dani Meyering

This is the first portion of DreamWorks Land, immediately as you enter this area.


  • Trolls Trollercoaster: A family-friendly coaster suited for guests of all ages, this ride will mimic the iconic Caterbus as guests speed along the track, escaping evil spiders along the way.
  • Poppy’s Playground: A shaded play area beneath a 20-foot mushroom, this space will be full of opportunities for kids to climb and bounce.
  • Trolls Treats: This music-themed kiosk will sell ice cream treats like the pink lemonade-flavored Poppy-licious Pink and huckleberry-flavored BroZone Berry.
  • High Five Hideaway: A retail location offering merchandise from all across DreamWorks Animation, this shop will sell products for fans of Shrek, Trolls, Kung Fu Panda, Gabby’s Dollhouse, and more.

What is the height requirement of the Trolls Trollercoaster?

While not officially announced, Trolls Trollercoaster will most likely ha\ve a minimum height requirement of 36 inches (91 cm) to ride. Riders between 36–48 inches (91–122 cm) must be accompanied by a supervising companion. These are the requirements from Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster at Universal Studios Florida.

This Trolls play area takes over for the Woody Woodpecker Coaster and part of the Fieval’s Playland in this section.

Trolls Trollercoaster at DreamWorks Land at Universal Orlando Resort Artist Rendering

Kung Fu Panda

  • Po’s Kung Fu Training Camp: This wet and dry play area will feature tons of nods to the Kung Fu Panda franchise, including interactive gongs and giggling baby pandas.
  • Po Live: An interactive meet-and-greet with Po, here, guests can take photos with Po while learning some kung fu moves.
Po's Kung Fu Training Camp at DreamWorks Land at Universal Orlando Resort - Artist Concept Rendering
Pos Kung Fu Training Camp at DreamWorks Land at Universal Orlando Resort Artist Concept Rendering

This area takes over for the Curious George Goes to Town play area that was here previously.

Curious George Goes to Town Former Play Area at Universal
Curious George Goes to Town Former Play Area image by Dani Meyering

Other experiences featuring DreamWorks characters

  • DreamWorks Imagination Celebration: This multi-sensory adventure will combine music, technology, and dancing in a brand new theater.
  • DreamWorks Character Zone: There will be plenty of opportunities to interact with DreamWorks characters, including Gabby from Gabby’s Dollhouse, in this new area.

Know Before You Go

  • Theme park admission is required to enter DreamWorks Land since it is inside Universal Studios Florida
  • Portions of the play area will contain water splash zones
  • Character appearances are at scheduled intervals during specific hours and generally end a few hours before the park closes
  • Expected crowds for the first few months after DreamWork Lands opens
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