Details about the long-rumored fourth park at Universal Orlando have finally been announced. After months of speculation, it has finally been revealed that Universal’s new park will feature Nintendo characters. Slated to open in 2023, the park will span 750 acres, employ 14,000 workers, and is expected to draw millions of new visitors. The new park will be located a few miles away from the existing Universal Studios property.
A similar Nintendo park is opening this year at the Universal Studios park in Osaka, Japan, featuring interactive gameplay, rides, and shops. Guests are able to download a phone app to more closely engage with the park’s interactive experiences, including collecting digital coins and playing against others in the park.
Thierry Coup, the senior vice president and chief creative officer at Universal Creative, said, “You’re not just playing the game; you’re living the game, you’re living the adventure. Nintendo’s most iconic locations and experiences will be brought to life, including Mushroom Kingdom, Peach’s Castle, an incredible Mario Kart ride, Bowser’s Castle — and more.”
Beyond the vague features already revealed, fans are now left to speculate what other elements from the Nintendo Universe may be included. Remember, Nintendo isn’t all about Mario. Guests can also expect Pokemon to play a significant role in the park’s additions.