Super Nintendo World Theme Park To Open Early 2025 In Florida, Mayor Says
The Mario theme park is part of Universal's new "Epic Universe" attraction in Orlando.
Construction has started again on the "Epic Universe" at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida that will be home to the Super Nintendo World theme park. Now, the local mayor has provided an update for when the attraction may open: early 2025.
Jerry Demings shared the update with The Orlando Sentinel, saying that's the projected opening date that he was told by Universal. The park was supposed to open earlier, in 2023, but construction was delayed due to COVID-19. Officially, Universal has not committed to an opening date for the theme park.
Crews are getting back to work "immediately," Universal said in a news release. However, the company said it will take "several months" before construction ramps up to "full speed" as it needs to re-hire people to do the work.
"Restarting Epic Universe will result in hundreds of jobs within Universal and thousands of jobs across Central Florida," Universal said. "These positions include highly skilled professional positions, all levels of construction jobs and beyond."
The Epic Universe attraction will include a theme park itself that features Super Nintendo World, as well as a hotel, shops, an entertainment center, and restaurants.
Super Nintendo World attractions are also coming to Universal's theme parks in Osaka, Japan and Hollywood, California, as well as Singapore. From what we've seen so far, there will be a Mario Kart ride and an augmented reality attraction where you fight Bowser Jr. There will also be a variety of themed food options, like a burger that looks like a mushroom.
While you may not be able to visit Super Nintendo World anytime soon, you can virtually visit the theme park via this interactive website.
In addition to this theme park, Nintendo is working with Universal's parent company--Comcast--on an animated Mario movie from the makers of Minions.