Voted by Theme Park Insider readers super nintendo world Universal Studios Hollywood’s video game-inspired land installations headlined the 2024 Theme Park Insider Awards, announced this morning.
Super Nintendo World officially opened to American theme park fans on February 17, 2023, after a month-long soft opening in the lower lot of Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal’s first Super Nintendo World debuted at Universal Studios Japan on March 18, 2021, but Japan’s borders are closed to nearly all tourists, and the Hollywood opening is largely delayed. This was the first opportunity for Theme Park Insider readers to experience this attraction.
Super Nintendo World, centered around Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, an augmented reality dark ride that brings the Mario Kart video game to life, has been drawing crowds to Universal’s California theme park since it opened. In addition to Mario Kart rides, Super Nintendo World has several “key challenges.” These are hands-on, physical games that can be played by individuals or small groups in various locations around the country. As visitors complete each task, they earn a virtual key that helps them unlock the final challenge with Bowser and his juniors for control of the Mushroom Kingdom.
To play the key challenge, visitors must purchase a $40 power-up band. The wristband also connects to Universal’s theme park app and tracks a visitor’s score in the Mario Kart game, as well as several other scoring opportunities throughout the land. Super Nintendo World recreates all the fun of playing Nintendo games, but in a real-life environment, no video production can match it.
Other new attractions in 2023 that received high praise from Theme Park Insider readers include Wildcat’s Revenge at Hersheypark, Batman Gotham City Escape at Madrid Warner Park, Toutatis at Asterix Park, and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi .
Other winners of the 2024 Theme Park Insider Awards include:
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