movie-themed food

What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan than with a truly ridiculous selection of movie-themed food items? The theme park location turns 20 years old this year, and to mark the occasion, they will be offering guests the opportunity to dig into several menu items based on classic and not-so-classic films from Universal’s storied history. Take a look below. Read More »

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan was once set to open this week, and Universal has lifted the embargo for early coverage of one of the park’s biggest attractions: a Mario Kart ride.

The folks who work at Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge hand out augmented reality goggles to the guests, and an early visitor has shot a video through those goggles to approximate the experience of what it’s like to be on the ride. Check it out below.
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super nintendo world opening delayed

Super Nintendo World was set to open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, but that opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Japanese government is planning a new state of emergency due to the pandemic, and as a result, Universal Studios Japan sent out a message saying that the opening of Super Nintendo World would be postponed until the state of emergency is lifted.

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Legend of Zelda ride

Like practically every industry, theme parks were hit hard by the pandemic in 2020. But just because a portion of the year was spent with doors closed to the public doesn’t mean there weren’t employees working hard behind the scenes to develop some next level ideas about how to create brand new attractions.

A patent emerged recently for a potential Legend of Zelda ride, showing off some surprising designs that, if implemented, would result in a theme park experience unlike any other. Plus, Universal has unveiled some new details about how the Power-Up Bands will work at the company’s Super Nintendo World.
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It’s-a-happening: Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan has set an opening date for February 2021, revealing the first proper look at the new attractions, including a Mario Kart ride and a Yoshi omnimover, as well as cool features like wearable techaugmented reality binoculars, and more. See the Super Nintendo World first look images and videos below.

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It’s-a-me, your resident theme park news updater to tell you that Universal Studios Japan’s highly anticipated Super Nintendo World expansion has set an opening date window. After years of setbacks and delays, the Super Nintendo World opening has finally been set for spring 2021.

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Super Nintendo World logo

We’ve been waiting for this news to break since the middle of March, but now it’s finally happened: a new report says Universal Studios Japan is delaying the opening of its new Super Nintendo World indefinitely. The new land, which has been in the works for years, was originally going to open next month, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seemingly put those plans on hold. Read More »

Universal Studios Japan Reopening

As the weeks go on, more businesses are preparing to reopen as the spread of coronavirus has slowed down in some parts of the world. This time it’s Japan that has lifted their state of emergency declaration, which allows theme parks to open back up. Universal Studios Japan will be taking advantage of the reduced restrictions by beginning a phased reopening starting on June 8, but the manner in which it’s opening is a little different than you might expect. Meanwhile, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea aren’t ready to open their doors just yet. Get all the details below. Read More »

nintendo land concept art

Two weeks ago, one of the most un-secret secrets in the theme park industry was officially pushed into the spotlight: Universal Studios is teaming up with Nintendo to bring the iconic video game publisher’s characters to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan. Specific details were scarce, but there were promises of “expansive, immersive and interactive” attractions that would make you feel “as if you’re playing inside your favorite games – in real life.” Today, we still don’t know too much more than that, but the first piece of concept art for Nintendo Land has arrived, offering an early look at what the expect as well as the area’s full and proper name.

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Back in 2015, we first learned that Universal Studios was teaming up with Nintendo to bring the video game company’s iconic characters and games into their theme parks. Details were scarce – which parks would feature Nintendo characters and how they’d be utilized remained unknown.

Today, the first official details have been revealed. Entire Nintendo-themed lands are being planned for Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando, and Universal Studios Japan and adjectives like “expansive,” “immersive” and “interactive are being tossed around. Hit the jump to learn about the Nintendo Worlds coming to Universal Studios theme parks.

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