You’ll want to run straight to the new ride Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

We imagine you’re hearing the signature theme song in your head upon discovering the news that Super Nintendo World will be opening at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 17, 2023. This highly anticipated opening will immerse you in the world of Mario, Luigi, and all their friends with character meet n’ greets, a new Mario Kart ride, and so much more. “Here we goooooooo!”

Want a sneak peek? Check out this video:

New Ride at Super Nintendo World—Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge

We’re most excited about the new Mario Kart ride that brings all the augmented reality gameplay that fans are looking for. Start off your adventure with a tour of Bowser’s iconic castle as you pass through the hall of medallions and trophies to the prized Golden Cup. Bowser will give you a glimpse of how he plans to defeat Team Mario, and then you’ll put on your special goggles so you’re ready to collect coins and throw shells alongside Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. The best part is that the ride ends with various outcomes so you’ll want to ride again and again. Note: You will have to wait in line for this one as it’s excluded from Universal Express access.

Will Super Nintendo World require reservations?

There will be times (especially at opening) that entrance into the world will require a timed reservation. People who have Universal Express can access the world one time per day without a reservation.

Get your Power-Up Band

Those really looking to get into the competition of the new Super Nintendo World will want to snag one of the six  Power-Up Bands that allow you to keep score throughout the land, collect digital coins, and more. Power-Up Bands sync with a smartphone app and can be purchased in Super Nintendo World, as well as at other retail locations in Universal Studios and Universal CityWalk.

Dine at Toadstool Cafe

When all that gameplay gets you hungry, head over to Toadstool Cafe, where Chef Toad is whipping up tasty Nintendo-inspired dishes. You can enjoy the scenery of Mushroom Kingdom through the windows as you dine.

When is the pre-opening for pass holders?

If you have a Universal Studios pass, you’ll want to mark your calendar for January 5, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. PT as they will be releasing preview dates. You’ll be able to book a two-hour window to preview the world on Jan. 29, 30, 31, or Feb. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, and 11.


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