Universal Reveals New Update About Universal Epic Universe Worlds — Next Up, Super Nintendo World

by Mommy Frog on May 17, 2024

Epic Universe Worlds - Super Nintendo World

Universal Destinations and Experiences has officially revealed more information about Universal Epic Universe, the brand-new theme park coming to Universal Orlando Resort in 2025. Universal confirmed five immersive, themed worlds with over 50 unique attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping experiences within Epic Universe. FIVE. THEMED. WORLDS! Celestial Park will serve as the gateway to these worlds, with portals to transport you to "extraordinary adventures that go beyond guests' wildest imaginations," including:

  • How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk: Soar with dragons and set off on Viking adventures based on the adorable "How to Train Your Dragon" film franchise
  • Dark Universe: Encounter Universal monsters — including the experiments of Dr. Victoria Frankenstein
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Ministry of Magic: Experience different eras of the Wizarding World, from 1920s Paris from the "Fantastic Beasts" films, to the British Ministry of Magic from the "Harry Potter" series
  • Super Nintendo World: Enter the iconic green warp pipe and step into the world of your favorite Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Donkey Kong

Details about each world will be shared over time, so keep hopping back as more information is revealed!

May 2, 2024: Super Nintendo World

Super Nintendo World - Yoshi's Adventure

Here we go! Super Nintendo World is finally coming to Orlando, after making its debut at Universal Studios Japan in 2021 and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023. We're so frogcited to jump in the green warp pipe and enter not only the Mushroom Kingdom but also Donkey Kong Country! In this immersive land, you'll find three adventurous attractions, interactive challenges, character greetings and plenty of dining and shopping experiences.

Here's everything you can explore in Super Mario Land:

  • Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge: Join Team Mario in a battle against Team Bowser to win the Golden Cup. The ride uses augmented reality, projection mapping technology and more to bring the video game series to life. (Want to know a little more about what to expect? Check out the Mario Kart at Universal Studios Hollywood!)
  • Yoshi's Adventure: Making its U.S. debut, travel with Yoshis through Mushroom Kingdom landscapes in search of glowing eggs and take in a bird's eye view of Super Mario Land.
  • Toadstool Cafe: The Toads are cookin' up tasty eats, such as Mario and Luigi-themed burgers, Super Mushroom soup, Piranha Plant Caprese and more! Keep an eye on the virtual windows — you never know what you might see. (Read up on the Hollywood version here.)
  • Yoshi's Snack Island and Turbo Boost Treats: Find more treats, snacks and beverages at these walk-up locations.
  • 1-UP Factory and Mario Motors: Don't leave without a souvenir from these retail locations.
  • Meet and Greets: Meet the one-and-only Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad throughout Super Mario Land.

Super Nintendo World - Donkey Kong

At the edge of Super Mario Land, enter the tropical Donkey Kong Country where you'll discover tall trees, waterfalls, The Golden Temple and more:

  • Mine-Cart MadnessHop in a mine cart and race through the jungle to help Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong protect the golden banana. This family coaster features a one-of-a-kind track system that seemingly jumps over gaps or blasts out of a barrel.
  • Dining and Shopping: More will be revealed later, but a selection of menu and merchandise offerings will be available in the middle of the jungle.

Throughout Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong Country, you can level up the fun with Power-Up Bands that interact with the land. Complete challenges and collect coins and digital keys so you can unlock a showdown with Bowser Jr.

March 28, 2024: How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk

Epic Universe Worlds - Isle of Berk Overview

In the latest update, Universal shared a first look at How to Train Your Dragon — Isle of Berk. Guests will be immersed in an eighth-century Viking village, complete with iconic locations from the films such as Gobber's Forge, Hiccup's House and the Dragon racing bleachers. The world's storyline takes place between the second and third "How to Train Your Dragon" films. After Celestial Park, it will be the largest world in Epic Universe and features five attractions along with character greetings, shopping and dining.

Here's what you can expect in this massive and vibrant 15.5-acre world of Vikings and dragons:

  • Hiccup's Wing Gliders: Take a ride on Hiccup's new glider contraption for a dragon's eye view of Berk (aka a roller coaster!).
  • The Untrainable Dragon: Similar to the show at Universal Beijing Resort but set in a different time period, this live show features Hiccup, Gobber and Astrid, along with a new dragon who shows up on the Isle of Berk, pushing the limits for the mystery of the untrainable dragon. A highlight includes Toothless flying directly above the audience.
  • Dragon Racer's Rally: Riders can practice aerobatic maneuvers and high-speed barrel rolls on this high-thrill flying attraction, which introduces a toadally new ride system and themed after the worst dragon racer (Snotlout) and the best dragon racer (Astrid).
  • Fyre Drill: Compete in an epic boat battle where teams try to outscore and outsoak each other while attempting to hit 130 moving targets throughout the attraction.
  • Viking Training Camp: Young Vikings can explore this sprawling play area with multiple towers to climb and Viking drums and chimes to play — plus an agility course and an interactive sheep launcher game.
  • Meet and Greets: Meet Hiccup and Toothless at the Haddock Paddock. You may also spot Astrid with Stormfly, Ruffnut and Tuffnut and other Vikings and dragons throughout the Isle of Berk.
  • Dining and Shopping: Feast like a Viking at Mead Hall, the village's main gathering hall. You can also grab quick bites at Hooligan's Grog & Gruel or the quick-service Spit Fyre Grill. Take home a piece of Isle of Berk with a souvenir from Viking Traders, How to Treat Your Dragon, Hiccup's Work Shop and Toothless' Treasures.

Jan. 30, 2024: Celestial Park

Epic Universe Worlds - Entrance

Today, Universal gave us an in-depth look at the first world, Celestial Park. Starting with the Emerald Gate and the Chronos device at the park entrance, guests will step inside Celestial Park, which features "rolling gardens, chasing waterways and strolling pathways" and "stunning architecture inspired by astronomical and mythological elements." We'll have more details in our main Epic Universe guide and a new Celestial Park guide, but here's the quick gist!

Celestial Park serves as the gateway, featuring themed portals to the other four worlds, as well as Universal Helios Grand Hotel, which is located inside Epic Universe. The hotel will have 500 guest rooms, incredible views and its own dedicated entrance into the park.

Among the experiences in Celestial Park, you'll find:

  • Stardust Racers: A duel-launch racing coaster, Epic Universe's most thrilling ride, topping speeds of 62 mph and heights up to 133 feet
  • Constellation Carousel: The grand centerpiece of Celestial Park, moving forward, backward, and even making 360-degree rotations
  • Astronomica: An interactive wet-play area, including dancing fountains
  • Unique Dining Experiences: Ranging from quick-service to table-service locations, including barbecue, pizza and Asian cuisine — plus a restaurant inside of an aquarium, called Atlantic
  • Shopping: Including Nintendo Super Star Store and Moonship Chocolates & Celestial Sweets
  • Entertainment: Featuring varied fountain shows over seven acres of water, music and interactive lighting

WOW! It truly sounds epic, and it's only the beginning, as Universal plans to share more info about each world in the future.

We are SO excited for Universal Epic Universe — but in the meantime, there's so much fun hoppening at Universal Orlando Resort in 2024!

What are you most excited about Universal Epic Universe? Which world are you heading to first? 

Related: Everything We Know So Far About Universal Epic Universe

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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