The immersive Augmented Reality-enhanced Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction is ready to give the green light at the Super Nintendo World expansion in Universal Studios Hollywood and we got our first-hand look. Strap on your AR headset and hop into a Mario Kart vehicle that will take you across landmark destinations in the Mario game universe. Plus, if you have an optional Power-Up Band, you’ll be able to rack up the points in the Universal Studios Hollywood app.

Here’s what you can expect with the Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge attraction in Super Nintendo World starting February 17, 2023. Letsa go!

Complete Video

See full video of the attraction including the queue and the use of the AR headsets!

Safety Considerations

Below are some of the experience and safety considerations for Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. For specific questions on accessibility, you can call Universal Studios Guest Relations or call 1-800-864-8377, option 9.

  • super nintendo world hollywood ride mario kart bowsers challenge 20230118_102602Height Requirement: Minimum Height 40” (102 cm)
  • Supervising Companion Required: Under 48” (122 cm) require supervising companion
  • Accessibility: Guests must transfer from wheelchair or ECV to ride vehicle seating
  • Child Switch: Available for this attraction.
  • Single Rider: Available

Rider Size Constraints

As unfortunately is often the case with Universal Studios attractions, the configuration of vehicles is intentionally restrictive for safety which means guests with larger proportions may not be able to ride. A special test vehicle is located at the attraction’s main entrance so that guests can test out the vehicle before waiting in line.

Universal officially advises that guests with waistlines of 40″ or greater might not be accommodated due to body shape and size.

AR Headset

Adjustable headsets are provided prior to boarding a Mario Kart vehicle. The plastic assembly is easy to use, simply pop it on your head and turn the knob at the back to loosen or tighten the adjustment strap to your head.

Once you get into the Mario Kart, a pair of “goggles” will be found tethered to the steering wheel. These easily snap into position on to your headset. It’s important to keep in mind that the headsets are cleaned between each use but the goggles are not. However, the goggles attach to your helmet and at no point touch your head or face. Instead, the goggles sit at the end of the visor a few inches away from your eyes.

It is optional to wear the headset or the goggle attachment however the majority of what makes the ride fun and interesting are the elements that appear on the goggle viewport.

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Power-Up Bands

These are an optional part of the experience. As soon as you get into your vehicle, you can scan your Power-Up Band on the steering wheel which will link your game play (and all the points you earn) to the Universal Studios Hollywood app.

MORE INFO: FULL GUIDE: How you can level-up your experience with a Power-Up Band in Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Attraction Photos

The Exterior

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The Queue

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The Attraction

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MORE INFO: See all of our coverage of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

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See it for Yourself

Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood officially opens February 27, 2023.

The new Super Nintendo World expansion is located inside of Universal Studios Hollywood park and access is included with regular park admission. Super Nintendo World is not a separate theme park.

MORE INFO: For tickets, visit store.universalstudioshollywood.com.

Know Before You Go

Before the official opening on February 27, 2023, access to the land is NOT guaranteed. While the land is in Technical Rehearsal, it may be partially or completely unavailable. If you’re in the park before the official opening of Super Nintendo World, check with Team Members about the availability of Technical Rehearsal to get your early sneak peek.

After February 27, 2023, a Virtual Line Reservation might be required for access into Super Nintendo World. See below for additional details.

MORE INFO: Virtual Line Reservations will be used as needed for access into Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

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