Learn everything you need to know about visiting Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood!
From the cutting edge ride to the delicious food to all the interactive game play and colorful eye candy, there is something for everyone at the new Super Nintendo World.
My family and I were invited to check out the amazing new world, and I’m very excited to share our wonderful experience with you!
Don’t miss our top 10 things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood + helpful tips for your next visit!
I have fond memories of playing Super Mario Brothers on our Nintendo system when I was growing up.
I can’t believe that all those beloved characters and lands all come together in this amazing interactive world.
Buckle up and let’s go as I share with you our family’s adventure and everything you need to know about Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Hollywood!
Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Hollywood Overview
What exactly is Super Nintendo World?
It’s a brand new innovative and immersive land that just opened on February 17, 2023.
This is the first Super Nintendo World to open in the United States.
The new world is colorful, vibrant, and filled with moving parts and characters from Super Nintendo World.
There is one ride in the world called Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, as well as lots of engaging activities and interactive gameplay.
There is also an adorable restaurant called Toadstool Cafe, the 1-Up Factory (a retail store), Bowser’s Castle, and much more!
Helpful tips to ensure you get in
This world is very new and very busy!
We were there early at the front of the line at rope drop.
We were some of the first people in the land and were able to get in easily that way.
However, the land fills up quickly and requires a reservation through a virtual line during the busy times.
Helpful Tip: Be sure to either get there early and/or reserve a time through the virtual line system in the Universal Studios Hollywood app.
If you buy a Universal Express Pass ticket, then you get entry into Super Nintendo World once at any time during the day.
This includes those busy times when you aren’t able to walk in.
An Express Pass is a great way to see all that this colorful world has to offer!
Our Trip Video – See Everything for Yourself!
Want to get a first hand view at everything the new Super Nintendo World has to offer?
Check out our helpful trip videos!
Our trip is broken into two videos, be sure to check them both out!
What are Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands?
You definitely need to know about the new Power-Up Bands before heading to Universal Studios Hollywood.
Power-Up Bands are worn on your wrist like a watch.
How many different designs are there to choose from?
There are six different designs based on some of the favorite Super Nintendo World characters.
You can choose Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi bands.
How much does a Power-Up Band Cost?
Each band costs $40 + tax.
You can purchase them in the new land, as well as at Super Nintendo World shops in the park and on CityWalk.
Where can I buy one?
We bought a Mario Power-Up Band in one of the CityWalk shops the day before.
We had our band all synced to the Universal Studios app and ready to go before we headed into the park.
This was really easy to do, and could definitely be done while in the park as well.
What do Power-Up Bands do?
A Power-Up Band basically lets you level-up (pun intended) your experience while in the land.
Purchasing a band isn’t necessary to enjoy the new land, but it does add to the experience.
Use your Power-Up Band to collect digital coins by punching ? Blocks (just like Mario in the game) and obtain keys after winning challenges throughout the land.
Power-Up Bands enable you to keep individual and team scores, as well as unlock hidden images.
Be sure to tap your band onto the steering wheel at the beginning of the Mario Karts ride to track the digital coins that were collected.
How can I keep track of my score?
If you purchase a band make sure to get the free Universal Studios Hollywood app.
You can sync your watch to the app in seconds by scanning a QR code.
You can keep track of your score in the app.
Be sure to check your score on the Checkpoint Screens in the land.
This feature is really cool because you can see your personal point rankings as well as your team rankings (based on the character band you bought).
My son LOVED seeing his score on the big screen (almost as much as he loves the Jurassic World ride)!
His Power-Up Band was synced to my app, so he didn’t need to keep using my phone to keep track of his ranking and score.
You can see how well you are doing and your ranking with everyone playing at the park.
This is a really cool feature, especially when you get to see your name on the big screen!
Can I reuse my band?
You can use them again and again each time you visit the park, just like the interactive wands.
They make great souvenirs, especially if you plan on visiting the park again in the future.
Our Favorite Super Nintendo World Food
There is one restaurant inside the new land at Universal Studios Hollywood.
I highly suggest you eat there on your visit to the park!
Toadstool Cafe is an adorable restaurant shaped like a toadstool on the outside.
Chef Toad greets you through a window inside his kitchen.
After you order, you are escorted into a large round dining area where your food is served to you.
Our Favorite Food
We ordered a variety of food to try and we LOVED every single thing we tried!
The Mario Bacon Cheeseburger and Luigi Pesto Chicken Burger tasted incredible.
We love how they both came with black mustaches and mini red and green Mario and Luigi hats on them!
The Toadstool Cheesy Garlic Knots were very tasty, and looked just like little toadstools.
My daughter’s favorite was the giant Princess Peach Cupcake.
The cupcake was beautifully decorated with shimmery pink piping and a princess crown on top.
Super Mushroom Collectible Sipper Cup
We just couldn’t resist the sweet Super Mushroom Collectible Sipper cup.
Isn’t it the cutest?!
It costs $20 and comes filled with your choice of soda.
You can also purchase unlimited refills throughout the day for $1.50.
There is also a really cool star popcorn bucket, which we plan on buying next time.
Helpful Tips- Must Read!
Toadstool Cafe is VERY popular and fills up very quickly.
I highly suggest you head over there first thing!
Even if the restaurant is full, they will give you a little slip of paper with a return time on it.
We got our slip of paper in the morning with a return time of 5:30-5:45 pm.
Be quick about getting a return time since the spots fill up quickly.
That little piece of paper is your ticket back into the land (which often requires a virtual line pass return time).
It’s important that you don’t lose that paper!
All New Super Nintendo World Merch
Inside the 1-UP Factory you will find the latest collection of Super Nintendo World merchandise and collectable memorabilia.
You’ll find t-shirts, hats, keychains, character plushes, and so much more.
My daughter fell in love with the Yoshi plush we bought her and she proudly carried it throughout the park all day!
There are stores throughout the park that sell the Super Nintendo World merch.
What are the Super Nintendo World Rides?
There is one ride in the new Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios, Hollywood, and it’s called “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge.”
The ride was simply amazing and so technologically advanced!
Super Nintendo World Line Cue
Let’s start with the line cue.
The lines will be long, since the ride just opened in February and most people are riding it for the first time.
The line starts outside, then goes inside different rooms based on the Mario Kart video game series.
The line winds through Bowser’s Castle, where you are greeted by a large statue of Bowser.
Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge Ride
There is a video that shows you how to play the game while on the ride.
Each guest gets a red Mario hat before riding.
Magnetic 3-D goggles click onto the bottom of the hat.
You move your head to aim the AR goggles, your hands to steer the wheel, and your fingers on the controller to create certain actions.
It feels like you’re inside a real video game!
Riders compete on Team Mario through different courses to defeat Team Bowser and win the Golden Cup.
Our car lost to Team Bowser, but there’s always next time, right?
Character Meet and Greets
Inside the land there are different areas where you can meet Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach.
These make great photo opps for the kids (and adults!).
The Mario and Luigi meet and greets are by each other towards the middle of the world.
The Princess Peach meet and greet is in her gazebo near her iconic castle.
Be sure to check the Universal Hollywood app for times when the characters will be available.
I hope you enjoyed these tips for visiting Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Don’t forget to visit my other favorite spot in the park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Eat a chocolate frog for me, then come home and make the BEST Harry Potter pumpkin juice recipe I created!
I’m sure you’ll love this exciting new world as much as we did!