Due to the recent news that Super Nintendo Worlds at Universal Japan and Hollywood are now under construction, an image recently posted by Ladbible has intrigued us here at OAT. Even though the below image looks like a Disney map with stuff added on and the fact it doesn’t have the right logo or name that Universal have released for the Japan version we’ve taken some inspiration from it..
We’re pretty certain that there will be a Mario Kart and Donkey Kong attraction and a little bit confident that there will be a Pac-Man attraction. We have also thought about what other IP would be available such as Animal Crossing, Pokemon and Zelda but the image has nodded toward a Mii Plaza and a lot more attractions based on Super Mario such as a Mushroom Kingdom, Luigi Mansion and a Toad ride – all of which are cool ideas but not yet confirmed.
Universals own words about the 3 worlds coming to Japan, Hollywood and Orlando show that this is a huge project.
These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They’ll be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants.
You’ll feel as if you’re playing inside your favourite games – in real life.
There will be something for everyone—regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.
The goal of everyone on this project is clear: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.
Dan Kilne, when speaking with The Motley Fool raised the same point that has been going around for a few months now about where the Orlando Nintendo world will go.
Right now, at the Universal Studios location in Japan, they’re actually already under construction on what’s called Nintendo Land. It’s a handful of rides. They’ve been very secretive. We know there’ll be a Mario Kart ride. Think of it like the Star Wars expansion at Disney, a very immersive land, a big deal. In Orlando, they’ve said, “We are going to build out Nintendo properties.” But they’ve been very cagey about where. The rumors had always been at the original Universal Studios. There’s a kids’ area that’s a little bit lifeless, it would make sense. But then, about a month ago, it became public that Universal Studios is building a fourth gate, another theme park, and they’ve amassed a big chunk of land to do that. So, it’s very logical to think that Nintendo is going to be the cornerstone, the Harry Potter, of this new theme park. And maybe there’ll be something tying it to one of the other theme parks, like the train ties the two Harry Potter Worlds together to help sell multi-day tickets. This is a risk for Universal and a huge win for Nintendo, because they’re getting the licensing fee whether it’s an instant success or not.
I like the idea of another Hogwarts Express type ride to connect the new park too!
As always, we will keep you updated if Universal release any concrete info 🙂
So I’ve heard a few people mention that they’re ‘too scared’ to go to Halloween Horror Nights because of the houses but would still like to experience HHN28 or are visiting with friends who are a bit more… well, brave. 😉 so I thought i’d do a little post to let you know about all of the other things you can experience during HHN28.
Ride in the dark
The main thing that would attract you to visit Universal Studios during HHN is the fact you can ride loads of attractions in the dark and with minimal queues! The rides open during HHN28 are: Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Trandformers: The Ride 3d, Revenge of the Mummy, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Men In Black: Alien Attack.
Visit The Wiazarding World of Harry Potter in the dark
Diagon Alley is open during HHN as is Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. What better time to visit the Wizarding World than in the dark with a lot less people around to spoil photo op’s! 😉 It’s also a great chance to ride Escape from Gringotts which is not to be missed!
Every year Universal create AMAZING Scare Zones which are personally one of my favourite things about Halloween Horror Nights. Scare Zones are areas within Universal Studios full of actors and props themed to specific ‘horror’ ideas. This year the Scare Zones are: Revenge of Chucky, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, The Harvest, Twisted Tradition and Vamp ’85 New Years Eve.
If you’re still worried about the Scare Zones, don’t panic because you can always just sprint through them – i can’t promise that you won’t be confronted by a Killer Klown or a high school vampire but there’s a better chance! If you can make it through the Scare Zones though then you can build yourself up to venture into a house.. that’s what I done anyway!
Now we all know Bill & Teds is no more but don’t worry, Universal have something just as thrilling in store for you! Academy of Villains is back ‘with a wicked mix of dance, acrobatics and theatrics, Academy of Villains is back for an all-new performance of pounding synths and neon lights.’ Universal really know how to put on a show and this show will be full of entertaining surprises.
Now I think that’s enough reasons for you to get pumped for HHN28 which is running from Sept 14th – Nov 3rd.
This ticket will allow you entry into 2 HHN28 dates that fall on and between 14th September 2018 – 2nd November 2018 (Saturdays are excluded). This ticket will allow you into Universal Studios on select HHN event nights from 6.30pm until park close. If you’re a true thrill seeker and would prefer to make a day of it, to enter the park before 6.30pm you will still need your Universal 3 Park Explorer ticket .
Having had the opportunity to visit Halloween Horror Nights for the first time last September I really cannot recommend it enough. I have never laughed so much whilst being terrified at the same time! Universal Studios will be transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of haunted houses, outrageous live shows, and electrifying scare zones while an army of mutants, monsters and maniacs roam the darkened studio streets.
Things you should know…
Halloween Horror Nights™ are scary! We do not recommend this ticket for children under 13.
Please do not wear masks or costumes as you will not be refused entry.
The Halloween Horror Nights™ Event begins at 6:30 pm and closing times vary.
So for all you Potterheads, if you haven’t heard already the 4th annual “A celebration of Harry Potter” dates for 2017 have been confirmed. The 3 day magical event will be starting on the 27th January 2017 and ending on the 29th January 2017. So gather round wizards and witches.
This weekend-long experience is full of fantastic events including a film talent Q&A, demonstrations, exhibits and more.
Universal hasn’t released a schedule or confirmed which movie personalities will show, but it looks like a packed line-up. You may even need a Time Turner to do it all.
Entry into this amazing event is included within your Universal tickets purchased directly with Orlando Attraction Tickets, but activites are often on a first come first served basis.
If this isn’t enough to get your Potter fix, you can upgrade to one of the event vacation packages. This way you can attend even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. Universal offer a range of packages which will have you all Pottered out.
We are delighted to hear that today Universal Orlando have announced that their parks now offer free XFINITY WiFi, so now you can post that picture straight to instagram of you messed up roller coaster hair or use a messaging service to rendezvous with a friend at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure without impact your data plan!
On top of this, although not available in the UK yet, Universal also announced they were launching their own app. Which they state will not only enhance guests visits but also offers first in the industry GPS leveraging allowing visitors to navigate around the park quickly and easily. It will also feature ride wait times which we believe is only available if you’re inside the park.
Here’s the video announcement;
Here’s what the app can do;
Check ride, show and attraction wait times when you’re inside the parks
Explore the parks using detailed maps and photo navigation with the “Guide Me” feature
Customize your park experience using filtered lists and the map to plan your day
Create your own favorites list
Stay up-to-date with in-park notifications
Discover hidden surprises throughout the parks
I would imagine that this is the first incarnation of the app and over the coming months we’ll see this evolve into a more innovative platform.
One of the major advantages of our new brand Theme Park Tickets Direct is being able to write about other parks around the World. For todays post we don’t actually have to travel that far, its a simple trip to the west coast of America to visit Universal Studios Hollywood where hot on the official release of their Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction they confirmed the addition of a new attraction.
Fast & Furious Supercharged is being described as a 3D-HD thrill ride, based around the hugely popular movie franchise The Fast and the Furious, visitors will go undercover in to the underground world of street racing where their identity will be revealed which leads to a daring escape.
The attraction itself will be hydraulic motion-based and will include special effects, state-of-the-art 3D audio system, and 3D imagery projected onto a 400 foot long 360-degree screen which will encircle Studio Tour guests in a newly-constructed 50,000-square-foot structure on the backlot. The screen will feature 18 4K projectors.
Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative said;
We’ve embarked on a new medium of immersive entertainment that brings to life the characters, hyper-realistic action adventure and custom-made effects to transport guests into the exciting world of Fast & Furious,
Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to bring this franchise to life through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.
The new attraction isn’t a stand alone ride but rather an addition to the backlot tram tour. The main draw of this ride apart from the link to the movie franchise is the final sequences which are said to involve a street race where guests will feel like they are hitting speeds of 120mph!
Here at Theme Park Tickets Direct we’re currently in talks to add Universal Studios Hollywood to our portfolio of tickets. Once we’ve completed these negotiations we’ll let you know 🙂