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How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Tad on March 7, 2024 32 Los Angeles

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When you walk through the warp pipe and enter Super Nintendo World, you're basically entering a real-life video game. You can collect coins and stamps, earn keys and compete against other players and teams. But how can you keep score? Well, enter the Power-Up Band — a wearable technology that you link to your account in the Universal Studios Hollywood app to keep track of your coins, keys and stamps. It's an optional purchase item that's intended to enhance your experience in the land. It's necessary to unlock the challenges and games. We'll go over whether the Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band may be worth it to you and how to use it.

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Band at land entrance

Overview of the Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Band choices and the kiosks to purchase

A Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band is an RFID silicone slap bracelet that you link to your Universal Studios Hollywood app. It allows you to punch? boxes and bricks, uncover secret items and fully compete in challenges and games. The app virtually keeps track of keys, coins, stamps and other awards you collect. You even earn coins when riding Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge. It also has an at-home function when playing select Super Mario Bros. games.

There are six designs available, plus a bonus special-release band:

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Princess Daisy
  • Toad
  • Yoshi
  • Golden Power-Up Band (special release)

The Golden Power-Up Band is available for purchase within the land and at Super Nintendo World retail shops in the theme park, as of Feb. 17, 2024. It's part of the one-year anniversary celebration of the Super Nintendo World opening.

The character bands put you on that character’s team. The Power-Up Bands cost $42 plus tax, and no discounts apply. You can purchase them at stores around Universal Studios Hollywood and in Super Nintendo World at the 1-UP Store (behind the counter) or at a kiosk in the land. You do not have to charge them at all. The bands come with a paper guide to the land. Keep that as it may be hopful to you.

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Linking the Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band

How do you link the band? There is a QR code on the back of the band. Open the Universal Studios Hollywood app. Tap the Super Nintendo World white box on the home screen of the app. (You’ll need to log into your Universal Studios Hollywood account or create one.) You can link the band and then name it. Have a couple of name choices in mind in case your first choice is taken. I’m "Froggy" on Team Toad, BTW! But you can use your real name. Under Options, you can add or remove multiple Power-Up Bands to and from your app, edit players and follow other players.

Using the Power-Up Band to Play Games and Collect Coins

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands at Universal Studios Hollywood - Band lock

You attach your band to your wrist, kind of like a slap bracelet. Some bands can fall off easily, especially when playing games vigorously. (Our Mario band stays on much better than our Toad band. It has a tendency to curl up on itself.) If that happens, you can ask for a free lock in the shops that sell Power-Up Bands. But they may ask to see your band and look at how it fits you before handing it over. The Super Nintendo World shop just outside the land is less busy than the 1-Up store. The lock works really well. Mommy Frog also has a hack to keep it on if you cannot get a lock.

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Band loose at ? boxesMommy Frog uses a hair tie to hold the ends together and that keeps it secure. Just wrap the tie around one side of the band twice and slip the other side of the band under it when you put it on. It works in a pinch at the park if your band keeps flying off and you cannot get a lock.

You can use your band to punch blocks and bricks and unlock hidden images in the land. You can collect virtual coins and compete in games and challenges. Check your status in the app or on checkpoint screens in Super Nintendo World for that day and overall.

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Luigi tap pointWhat if you don’t have a Power-Up Band? It's harder to enjoy the land without the band. At least one person in the group needs a band to unlock games. Players without bands can join in the group games. Each individual needs to use a band for the single-player games. (You can share, but it may mean waiting a few turns between players.) You can ride Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge without a band. If you do not have a band, you just won’t collect points or hear coin sounds when you punch bricks and boxes. For Bowser Jr.'s dungeon, one band gets four people inside to play. (The band must have been used to collect at least three keys to get you inside.)

Touch Tap Points

Touch hidden "M" tap points that will reveal pictures on the wall. We found Luigi, Princess Peach and Bowser. The tap points blend into their surroundings, so they are a little trickier to find.

Punch Boxes and Bricks

Earn coins by punching underneath "?" boxes and bricks. Some only have one coin, while others have multiple coins so keep going as long as you hear the coin sound. Some are located in plain sight, while others are located inside buildings and along staircases. The indoor locations can be found at Princess Peach's castle, to the left of Mario Kart, up the stairs and to the left, and to the left of Toadstool Cafe.

Collect Gifts

When you first enter Toadstool Cafe, there is a place to collect a gift on the left-hand side.

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Collect gift at Toadstool Cafe

Collect Stamps

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Screenshot of appAs you play and explore the land, you can collect stamps. There are three stamp books:

  • Super Mario Land
  • Mario Kart
  • Super Nintendo Land

Looking at these stamps ahead of time can give you clues about things you can find and do. There are 128 stamps. For some of them, you can collect more than once. This gives repeat visitors new missions every time they visit to try to collect all the stamps. When you tap each stamp book, it shows you the ones you've collected and the ones you can add to your goal list.

Collect Coins on Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge

When you ride Mario Kart, you’ll touch your band to the “M” on the steering wheel to link the band to the ride so you can collect coins. Hint: You'll shoot where you look, so turn your head and look right at your targets when throwing. The "throw" buttons are on top of the steering wheel.

Games and Challenges to Collect Keys 

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Person hitting alarm clocks at Piranha game

You can collect keys at four challenges. You’ll generally tap your Power-Up Band to the key before and after playing. Team members are there to help. You can play solo or as a team on some of them. The group challenges are harder to do solo but not impossible. Once you've collected at least three keys, then you can access the fifth and biggest group challenge of them all — Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown! You can bring up to an additional three people with you when you enter (and all four of you can play)! You can see how many keys you've earned in the upper right corner of the app.

Bowser's minions guard the keys. You need to win to take the keys from them. Here are the four challenges leading up to the Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown:

Piranha Plant Nap Mishap: 1 to 4 players

You might want to assemble a team for this. Can you punch all the red alarm clocks to turn them off in time? You can use both hands for this, and I highly recommend that you do. It's located on the left when you enter the land. You need at least one Power-Up Band for the group to play.

Goomba Crazy Crank: 1 player

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Person playing Goomba game

Located just behind Princess Peach's gazebo is this challenge. You tap your band and spin the crank as fast as you can to knock off the Goomba. Each player must use a band (but you can take turns with a band).

Koopa Troopa POWer Punch: 1 player

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - People lined up for turtle game

This is a game all about timing. The turtle shell is moving back and forth through the horizontal pipe. Can you punch the box at the correct point in its path to get it to light up the other Pow boxes and go up through the vertical pipe? The game is located to the left of Bowser Jr.'s Shadow Showdown. We find it to be the most challenging game. First, there is Easy Mode. That's when you want to hit the shell before it enters the tunnel. Then after you master that mode, it goes to Hard Mode. You have to hit it before it hits the wall. If you fail, it goes back to Easy Mode. Each person needs to scan a band to play.

Thwomp Panel Panic: 1 to 3 players

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Entrance to Thwomp panel

In this indoor game, you need to change all the blocks to one color. Watch out! Some of the boxes with arrows also change a nearby box. You can use that to your advantage in this timed game. One band can be used for multiple players. It's in a dungeon between Mario Kart and Toadstool Cafe. Can you see the steam coming out as Thwomp crashes down above the entrance? There are so many toadally cool details and moving parts in this land! The more times you try, the harder it gets.

Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown: up to 12 players

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Entrance to Bowser Jr.Once you collect three keys, you can compete in Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown. Guests with three keys can scan their wristbands at the entrance to unlock the door and collect coins from the challenge. You must have at least one Power-Up Band and three virtual keys to enter. One band gets four players inside to do the challenge.

Bowser Jr. stole Princess Peach’s golden mushroom. Can you win it back? Pay attention to the instructional video. It’s a full-body game:

  • Swap. Use your arms to swap Bob-ombs away.
  • Duck. Watch out for things coming from the side. When Bullet Bills fly toward you, duck to avoid them … or they’ll shrink you down, which makes it harder to play.
  • Jump. Jump up and punch? boxes to get a power up to size up. (These are hopful if the Bullet Bills got you.)
  • Swing. When you get a Fire Flower, swing your arms to throw fireballs.

Each player with a band gets a coin total at the end of the game.

Is a Power-Up Band Necessary?

At about $42 a piece, it’s a hard call. It’s a lot of allowance money for a band. But if you are a huge Super Mario fan and want to fully play the games and compete, you’ll need a Power-Up Band. If you are just a casual visitor and don’t care about virtual coins, you can still look around the land, ride Mario Kart and dine at Toadstool Café without a Power-Up Band. If you want to play games or compete in the Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown, you'll need at least one Power-Up Band in your party.

A Power-Up Band is more worth it for frequent visitors and super fans. The bands work at all Super Nintendo Worlds, including Japan and Orlando once Universal Epic Universe opens in 2025. At home, you can use a Power-Up Band as an amiibo when playing select Mario games (but it's not compatible with Wii U or Nintendo 3DS).

The Power-Up Band is most useful during Early Access. That's when people can enter Super Nintendo World an hour before park opening. The lines for challenges are short then. During Early Access, we were able to complete each challenge and the Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown all within the first 25 to 30 minutes. After the park officially opens, it might take at least that long to wait for one challenge.

Another perk of Early Access is that it gives you access to the Express line for the Studio Tour up until 11 a.m. If you miss your Early Access time (traffic happens), you can use your Early Access code to enter Super Nintendo World later in the day, even if there is a wait or Virtual Line in place.

If you walk into the land late morning and it's an hour to wait for each challenge, a Power-Up Band may not be worth it unless you are patient enough to wait in lines all day. Hopfully, as time goes on the land will be less crowded. Try hopping by at night for much shorter lines. But there is no wait to punch boxes and bricks with the band.

Can You Share a Power-Up Band?

With the cost of the band, you may be wondering if your tadpoles or you can share a band. When we visited with two tadpoles and two adults but only two bands, we all waited in line together. Mommy Frog and Leap asked if they could use Lily's and my bands to play the single-player challenges too, and the team members told us it was one try per band. Then we'd have to get back in line and my parents could use our bands to play. So keep that in mind if you are looking to save money that way. It might cost you more time, though it may also depend on the team members' discretion.

You can all share one band to play group challenges and complete in Bowser Jr.'s Shadow Showdown. Our parents had fun joining us for those games.

Managing Crowds

Super Nintendo Land is small and popular. That means that it can get incredibly crowded. Lines can get long for each of the challenges. The best way to beat the crowds is to be an early bird or a night owl. The shortest lines at during Early Access or in the last hour of park opening.

Purchase Early Access a few weeks ahead of your visit. That will allow you to enter the land one hour before the park (and land) opens to everyone else. You can experience the ride, grab a reservation for Toadstool Café and complete all the challenges without having to wait in long lines. Once the crowds enter, the land will quickly become packed — especially the interactive games.

If you cannot purchase Early Access — it can sell out early — then you can try to be at the front of the crowd coming in at park opening. Be at the park gates an hour early. You may get to enter 30 minutes early and be let into Super Nintendo Land right at park opening. Complete a challenge or two and come back later. The largest crowds are in the morning from about 10 a.m. to noon. The rest of the Lower Lot has short lines in the morning. Don't waste the shortest lines of the day in the rest of the park to wait in long lines inside Super Nintendo World. Those lines will still be the same later when the other ride wait times climb.

Go enjoy the park and come back later to complete your challenges. If you have Express, you can use it to enter the land. If the Virtual Line is operating, be sure to get a reservation. Or if you have a Toadstool Café reservation, you can return later with that and compete in your challenges. The lines will still be long, but so will the ride wait times in the park at that point. You will feel less frustrated if you at least get to experience several attractions with short waits before waiting in the challenge lines.

Be a night owl. Visit at the end of the night for much shorter lines. If you want to ride Mario Kart, keep in mind that if the ride breaks down late you might miss your only chance to ride. So don't save your only ride for the end.

The other thing to watch out for is the sun. Most of the challenges and lines for them are outside. Wear sunscreen and hats to protect your skin.

Power-Up Band Tips

How to Use Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands - Girl checks status

Here are a few tips for using a Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band:

  • Choose a band based on the team you want to join.
  • Find a way to secure the band. (Ask for a free lock from shops that sell the bands.)
  • Use the Universal Studios Hollywood app to find challenges and boxes in the land.
  • Make sure to tap your band on the steering wheel on Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge. Also, no matter which direction your car is facing, you'll shoot where you are looking.
  • Check your status in the app or at checkpoint screens in the land.
  • Allow plenty of time to compete and play. Lines can vary and can get long on busy days. Arrive as early as possible for the shortest wait times.
  • Purchase Early Access online several weeks ahead of your visit to enjoy low capacity and short lines for an hour before the park opens to the public.
  • Come back at the end of the night to play challenges.
  • Sometimes Super Nintendo World operates with a virtual line. Arrive early to get a reservation (in the app or at a kiosk in the Lower Lot) to enter the land.
  • Use sun protection. Hats and sunscreen can help protect your skin while you wait for all these outside challenges.

Are you getting a Super Nintendo World Power-Up Band? Which team do you want to join? Share with us in the comments section below. If you need any Universal Studios Hollywood tickets, save some green on discount tickets with Undercover Tourist and use your savings to get a Power-Up Band. You can save up to $50 on a 1-day ticket and even more on Universal Express tickets or the VIP Experience. The VIP Experience gets you access to the land and lets you skip the line for Mario Kart! 

Related: Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Mar 6, 2024 at 3:41 p.m. Kendra Says...

This is super helpful! Thank you!

If we have early access but won’t be able to purchase bands the day before, where is the best place to purchase the morning of so we don’t waste time once we enter the Nintendo land?

Mar 6, 2024 at 12:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kendra!

There are several spots — the Universal Store in the Upper Lot, Character Shop in the Lower Lot (just before you enter the land) or the kiosks found within the land (they don't typically have long lines during Early Access). Usually, they start letting guests into the park early but stop guests at the top of the escalators until it's time. So we'd recommend the Upper Lot store during that time while you wait.

Stay cool!


Feb 1, 2024 at 2:52 a.m. Cora Says...

Thank you for all the helpful information! We will be staying at the Hilton and planning to buy an early access ticket. Is there anywhere close to the Hilton that we can buy the band the day before and set it up so we don’t waste valuable time doing that in the park?

Feb 1, 2024 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cora!

Yes, you can find Power-Up Bands at the Super Nintendo World store in CityWalk (you don't need to use your park ticket to enter CityWalk!).

Stay cool!


Oct 28, 2023 at 3:59 p.m. Curiouse Says...

Can you hook it up to you Nintendo switch.

Oct 31, 2023 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Curiouse!

You can use a Power-Up Band as an amiibo for the corresponding character on Nintendo Switch systems.

Stay cool!


Sep 17, 2023 at 4:05 p.m. blunoz Says...

I’ve searched the internet high and low for answers to these questions and not found them. This blog post was the most helpful I found in understanding how the power up wrist bands work at Super Nintendo World, so I will share my observations here for anyone else looking for the same answers. The key question is: Can you reuse power-up wrist bands with different people? The answer is: Sort of. There are some things you WILL be able to do and some things you WON’T be able to do.

The thing is, if you’re travelling from a long distance and only likely to visit Universal Studios Hollywood ONCE, then wouldn’t it be great if someone else could use your power-up wrist band. Or for others like me, if you live nearby Universal Studios Hollywood and have a steady stream of family and friends coming to visit you from across the country, it would be great if you could buy a set of power-up wrist bands to use with each new group of visitors. Otherwise, it effectively raises the cost of your USH adventure by $40 per person for everyone to get a wrist-band on top of their admission ticket (oh, and another $20 if you spring for the early entry to get the jump on the crowds wanting to get into Super Nintendo World). Cha-ching! Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

If you’ve searched for the same answer as me, then you likely found the Reddit post that claimed if you take a power-up wrist band to the One-Up store inside Super Nintendo World, a manager can reset the band back to zero. I tried that and the staff in the One-Up store told me it is NOT possible to reset the band and start over.

You CAN re-use power-up wrist bands with some limitations. You CAN scan the UPC code and add a wrist band someone else has already used to your USH app. You CAN rename them and choose a new avatar and background color to go with your power up wrist band. You CAN go into Super Nintendo World and punch blocks and collect coins. I would say, if you have small children who won’t care about tracking their stats, scores, and achievements on the app and just want to have fun doing the 4 challenges and fighting Bowser Jr., then it’s probably fine to reuse someone else’s band, with one caveat below.

You CAN’T reset the power-up wrist band to zero. Even though you can scan it and add it to your account and change the name, it will keep all the previous user’s achievements – coins, stickers, and keys earned.

Here’s what you want to be aware of if you are going to reuse power-up wrist bands for small children: If you have used the wrist band and already passed a challenge once, then the next time anyone uses that wrist band to go back and do that challenge again, the challenge will play a special sound effect and it will go into HARD MODE.

Now, the four challenges to earn keys so you can go fight Bowser Jr. are all fun and not very difficult at their basic level. After standing in line and watching the people in front of me do the challenges for a while, I started to wonder if these “challenges” were everybody-gets-a-trophy events where it was impossible to lose. Then I saw some parents let a very small girl try to do a challenge on her own, and she didn’t pass. The challenge plaid the blooping sound effect that Super Mario Bros games play when Mario dies. The girl walked away in tears. You can try again, but you have to wait in line again (60 min in July, 20 min in late August from my previous visits).

So IF you reuse someone else’s power-up wrist band, be ready for the challenges to be MUCH harder.

If you want to get the FULL Super Nintendo World experience and compete with others for most coins collected, most stickers collected, your score on the Bowser Jr. challenge, and your score on Bowser’s Challenge (Mario Kart themed ride), then you will need to start with a fresh, clean, never-used $40 power-up wrist band.

If you re-use someone else’s power-up wrist band, you WILL be able to see how many coins you collected THAT DAY and compare your Bowser Jr. and Bowser’s Challenge scores against your friends for THAT DAY in the green Rankings tab in the app (click on the magnifying glass icon in the bottom center to JUST see YOUR friends that you are following, not everybody in the park that day). However, any member of your group who is using a fresh, new, unused power-up band will have an advantage over those re-using someone else’s band. There are many stickers you can earn for completing something for the first time, and each of those stickers come with a bunch of bonus coins. Someone with a fresh, new, unused power-up band will be able to go around collecting all those bonus coins for the first time they completed each challenge, for the first time they punched all the blocks, for the first time they find the hidden Mario, hidden Luigi, and hidden Princess Peach, etc. Someone re-using someone else’s power-up band will already have those achievements credited to that band, so they won’t be able to earn that bonus again.

So you have to make a decision. If you just want to be able to go around punching blocks and collecting coins and keep track of your scores on Bowser Jr. and Bowser’s Challenge to compare against your friends that day, then yes, you can re-use someone else’s power-up wrist band. But if you really want to get the full experience of completing all the challenges, earning all the stickers and bonuses, and/or be able to play the challenges in normal (not hard) mode, then you’ll need to buy clean, new, unused wrist bands.

I hope this helps other people trying to decide if they should use someone else’s power-up bands or buy their own when they arrive.

Dec 20, 2023 at 10:08 p.m. Van Says...

This is super useful and exactly was I was looking for - thank you! I was going to buy some used power up bands from my friend but wasn’t sure if it was worth it.

Aug 30, 2023 at 8:43 p.m. blunoz Says...

I just finished my third trip to Super Nintendo World. May team up with you to write / post an update to this on the topic of the wrist bands and what you can and can't do with them?

Jul 3, 2023 at 1:16 a.m. Lianne Richardson Says...

Do the bands have batteries that go bad over time? Not sure how they work. I was thinking of buying a used band (eBay) but don’t want to risk buying a band that doesn’t work.

Jul 3, 2023 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lianne!

We don't know exact details about the batteries either, but the Power-Up Bands don't require charging so we'd expect that they last for a while. We've had ours since February and they still continue to work during our repeat visits.

Stay cool!


Jul 31, 2023 at 12:50 a.m. Blunoz Says...

Thanks for this very helpful article. You answered most of my questions already. Here's what I am wondering: I have two nephews coming to visit who want to go. If I buy wrist bands for them to use, could I reset them and reuse them with subsequent visitors who come to stay with us in SoCal? Or will they always have the keys and coins that were earned by the first user of the band?

Jul 31, 2023 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Blunoz!

The data cannot be reset through the app.

Stay cool!


Jul 31, 2023 at 12:47 a.m. Blunoz Says...

I read elsewhere on the web that they are RFID and do not need batteries.

Jun 15, 2023 at 2:02 a.m. mike Says...

If i buy band on ebay, can i link them to my account when i get them? They used them for 2 days then unlinked them

Jun 16, 2023 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Yes, you can link your account to a resold Power-Up Band, as long as the previous owner has unlinked the band from their account. We know of others who have successfully accomplished this!

Stay cool!


Jan 14, 2024 at 10:58 p.m. Blunoz Says...

From my experience, the previous owner does NOT need to unlink the band. If you have the band in your possession and scan the QR code with the app, then you can add the band to your account. I have done this with multiple bands that have been given to me.

May 16, 2023 at 7:04 a.m. Drew Says...

I Bought a Yoshi power up band the day before I go to the park. I've been trying all night to get it to sync with the app on my phone and all I get is a message saying something went wrong. Restarted my phone, uninstalled then reinstalled the app and I'm still getting the same error message. I flew down here specifically for the Nintendo Land experience and it's starting to feeling like I just got robbed $40 by buying this unusable band.

May 16, 2023 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drew!

Tech issues can be a big bummer! We'd suggest stopping by Guest Relations or asking a Team Member in Super Nintendo World for assistance — they may know how to reboot or have some tricks to get the Power-Up Band to sync. Hope you're able to get it to work!

Stay cool!


May 14, 2023 at 5:52 a.m. chlowiththeflow Says...

Hello, I just recently got a power band and wanted to know is the power band a one time use? , or can you use it every time you go to Super Nintendo World?

May 15, 2023 at 7:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chlo with the Flow!

Yes, you can use the same Power-Up band during repeat visits :)

Stay cool!


Mar 20, 2023 at 7:53 p.m. SuperC142 Says...

Thanks for the helpful article! I have a question: is it possible to buy a band for each member of my family (four bands total) and then connect them all to the same phone? Or does each band need to be connected to a different phone, each with a separate Universal Studios account? One of my kids doesn't have a mobile account yet so if he needs his own phone with mobile internet access I'm not sure how it would work. Maybe I could give him hotspot access though my phone if that's needed.

Mar 21, 2023 at 2:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi SuperC142!

Yes, you can scan multiple bands into the same phone. Have fun!

Stay cool!


Mar 3, 2023 at 6:43 a.m. Quincy Harter Says...

Hi Mario Fans!

I bought a wrist band, went on Mario Kart and tried collecting everything but I have a question. For as fun as it is collecting coins do they actually do anything like can you spend them on anything? Even if you can’t and they’re just for show they’re still fun to collect but it would be really cool if you can use them on something.


Mar 16, 2023 at 2:09 a.m. Big Ed Says...

Yeah like front of the line pass if you get 10000. My son and daughter got about 7500 each in the first day we were there

Mar 6, 2023 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Quincy!

It would be toadally awesome if we could actually spend our coins in real life, but collecting coins is just part of the interactive real-life gaming experience and that's all!

Stay cool!


Feb 22, 2023 at 9:33 p.m. Darci Says...

We have 4 kids. Could we purchase 1 band and have them share it? Take turns wearing it?

Feb 22, 2023 at 9:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darci!

You could just purchase one and share, but the main issue is you would not be able to easily keep track of individual scores. You'll have reframe it as a "team score" with the kids. Also currently, in order to complete the Bowser Jr. Shadow Showdown in the dungeon, you need to collect at least three keys and they're not letting anyone in without a band that has three keys, so you may not be able to enter all together.

Stay cool!


Feb 21, 2023 at 6:43 a.m. Team Yoshi Says...

Thank you for this super helpful post. We tried to do the Bowser Jr activity per your suggestion that “If you don’t have keys or if you don’t even have a band, you can still go into the dungeon and compete”. The Universal employees said it’s their policy to only let people compete if they have a band and have received all the keys. Not all guests can afford a second purchase like the band, so I’m curious how they will enforce that which does not support all demographics visiting the park.

Feb 21, 2023 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Team Yoshi!

Thanks for hopping by and sharing! Most likely, some things may have operated a little differently during the previews with fewer crowds. But you're right! We've been back since then and only those with a band and who have received all the keys can compete in the dungeon. We have removed our previous suggestion from the post.

Stay cool!


Jun 2, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Maria Says...

Did you have to collect all the keys again to go into the dungeon? The keys haven't erased from our linked power band and was wondering how you get in if it is registered to have already got the bowser jr. Coin

Jun 5, 2023 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

You need to have at least three keys to enter the dungeon. If you had more than three keys before entering last time, those will still be in your app and can be used to enter.

Stay cool!


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Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

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