Super Nintendo World: Universal Studios Hollywood sets opening date, reveals new interactive elements
Super Nintendo World officially opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday, February 17, 2023, it was announced today. The opening marks Super Nintendo World’s official arrival in the US – Universal Studios Japan has a version of the themed land in 2021.
The all-new, dynamic land will be located within the newly expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood at the bottom of the park, near Transformers. Guests will enter Super Nintendo World via the famous warp tube.
Super Nintendo World will feature the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride, as well as many interactive activities designed to engage the whole family in the captivating Mushroom Kingdom. There will also be themed dining at the Toadstool Cafe and shopping at the 1-UP Factory retail store.
From the moment guests pass through the Warp Pipe, enter Peach’s Castle before venturing further into the Mushroom Kingdom. When purchasing a Power-Up Band – interactive wearable bracelets – guests will be able to deepen their interactions across the floor.
Among the features and attractions are the following:
Mario Kart: Kart Challenge: This all-new ride promises “the seamless integration of cutting-edge augmented reality with projective mapping technology and set pieces along the ride’s moving path. Against a backdrop of color, sound, and movement, guests will sit in stadium-style four-seater cars as they navigate familiar courses through The creative use and integration of head-mounted augmented reality glasses, described as “a key point of differentiation that sets this ride apart from other park attractions.”The premise of “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is simple yet challenging, and it’s designed to appeal to guests of all ages. Ages regardless of gaming experience.As part of Team Mario, guests will head through underwater courses and in the clouds to compete for the Gold Cup while collecting coins to defeat and win Team Bowser.“Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is meant to be a repeatable journey with the group variety of results.
Pinball Mountain: This towering landmark is located in the heart of the Earth and also serves as the entry queue for “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge”.
Bowser’s Castle: Decorated with a sculpt of a large and powerful buggy, this structure serves as the main hub of the land and home to “Mario Kart: Buggy Challenge”. As guests navigate winding corridors and pass through the hall of medals and trophies, they’ll learn more about Bowser’s calculated plans to defeat Team Mario for the coveted Gold Cup.
power bands: These sophisticated wearable wristbands sync with the free downloadable app from Universal Studios Hollywood to elevate the guest experience and enhance its many interactive elements. These include, but are not limited to, keeping individual and group scores, collecting digital coins and obtaining keys after winning challenges throughout the land. Power-Up Bands will also invite guests to enjoy additional special interactions with Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach. It will be available in six themed design options and will be available for purchase on the grounds, in retail stores located at the theme park and at CityWalk.
Interactive playInside the grounds, guests will be able to engage in real-world play, including batting? Blocks to collect digital coins. Interactive binoculars using augmented reality technology will reveal new features placed inside the Earth. Guests can beat the four main challenges and collect keys from the Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Piranha Plant and Thwomp interactive activities to finally allow access to the boss battle that culminates with Bowser Jr.
Toadstool CafeThe signature restaurant on the grounds will offer a menu prepared by Chef Todd, who will welcome guests upon entering. Menu items made fresh daily include Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knot, Super Mushroom, Piranha Plant Caprese, Mario Bacon Cheeseburger, Luigi Pesto Chicken Burger, ? Tiramisu block and peach princess cupcake.
AB Factory 1The 1-UP Factory retail store offers collectible memorabilia, including a wide range of merchandise from Mario and Luigi apparel to iconic character hats and an array of plush characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser.
Universal Studios Orlando will also have Super Nintendo World.
Of course, the upcoming Universal and Illumination Super Mario Bros. Movie Debuts on April 7, 2023.
The massive Super Mario video game franchise has generated revenue north of $30 billion for Nintendo, according to reports.
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