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Holidaymakers in Florida can finally experience Super Nintendo World and – for the first time in the USA – Donkey Kong at Universal Orlando Resort

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By Jacob Lewis

8 May 20243 min read

A view across Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida with city skyscrapers in the background on a bright blue day

As a kid, did you ever dream of being a rotund plumber, leaping through colourful landscapes, and battling menacing turtles? No? Just me? Well, whether you fantasised about donning Mario’s iconic blue dungarees or not, the dream of entering the whimsical world of Nintendo is now verging on reality. Universal Orlando Resort is gearing up to open the highly anticipated Super Nintendo World at their all-new Epic Universe theme park in 2025, inviting you to step into the iconic universe of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, and even Donkey Kong.

This will be the first Super Nintendo World easily accessible to UK fans, following the successful launches at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka and Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. What sets Universal Orlando Resort's Super Nintendo World apart is the debut of its Donkey Kong Country area, the first of its kind in the USA.

Visual conception of Super Nintendo World (credit: Universal Orlando Resort)

Theme parks are increasingly leaning into more immersive, interactive experiences beyond the rides, and Super Nintendo World is a case in point. One exciting aspect of this fantastical land is the Power-Up Bands. Buy one of these clever little bracelets, link it to an app on your phone, and you can collect digital coins by punching “?” blocks scattered throughout the area. As someone who has experienced the magic of Super Nintendo World firsthand in Japan, I can confirm that there's nothing quite so satisfying as that iconic coin-collecting sound in real life! The Power-Up Bands also let you collect stamps, unlock exclusive challenges, discover hidden surprises, and compete for coins and leaderboard bragging rights across the rides, adding an extra layer of fun and family competition to your visit.

Of course, no trip to Super Nintendo World would be complete without the incredible rides. The Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge attraction is a true gamechanger, fusing augmented reality and projection mapping technology to create a compelling experience that will see you racing through the Mushroom Kingdom. And let's not forget about Yoshi's Adventure, a family-friendly ride boasting breathtaking views across the park.

Visual conception of Donkey Kong Country (credit: Universal Orlando Resort)

Donkey Kong Country’s lush, tropical landscape, is set to open with jaw-dropping Mine-Cart Madness, a first-of-its-kind family roller coaster that sends riders on a wild jungle journey. Rumour has it that the mine cart leaves the tracks in one section to leap across a canyon, just like in the games. The new attraction is sure to be a highlight, and an experience you won't find anywhere else in the USA.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your epic adventure to Universal's Super Nintendo World today. And don't forget to visit TravelSupermarket, the best place to compare holiday deals to Florida and its theme parks. With thousands of ATOL-protected holidays from over 20 trusted brands, and expert travel advice, TravelSupermarket is your go-to destination for unforgettable getaways. Get ready to power up your holiday and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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