Universal Orlando moves to start construction on its Nintendo land
Construction should begin within the next few months on Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Florida, according to permit applications obtained by an Orlando television station.
WFTV, Channel 9, says that it has the permit applications in hand for Project 487, which appears to be the Orlando version of the Super Nintendo World land now under construction at Universal Studios Japan.
And here's the data on the project:
The Nintendo land does appear to be going in on the long-rumored KidZone site, instead of waiting for Universal's development of a third park on its recently re-acquired land near the Orange County Convention Center. Given a two-to-three year build time, Universal Orlando's Nintendo land could be ready within a year of the Osaka park's debut in 2020. Universal has confirmed that Universal Studios Japan will open the land first, with it coming to Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood at some point after that.
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Memo to the Universal creative team - please no more screens !!!! Please create world class family attractions for all the family - somewhere in between that thrill seek and child ride, for the whole family. And please i repeat - not one screen ride !
I'm still not sold on this. What happened to 'Ride the Movies'?
It left a long time ago with Simpson’s and Rip Ride Rockit.
Super Mario Bros was a movie.... 1993
Personally, I would rather see video games in general get their own theme park, separate from Universal. All well known video games and their respective characters can get representation in one at the park in the form of rides, shows, meetable characters, etc.
Nice catch, NB! Isn't there a new Mario in development by Universal, animated?
And it's apparently going to be a movie again.
-80sMan: They haven't used that line in years.
The 1993 Super Mario Bros. feature film was a Disney release.
Games are more and more interactive, filmic entertainment. I think it’s a perfect ip for the park. What I heard is that the footprint expanded after D23 an the land will extan behind Simpsons.
Bye bye Barney (for sure), Curious George (was always a great spot with the ball play/water play area) and Fivel (who? says anyone under the age of 30) … only question is whether E.T. will stay and will Animal Actors go away.
2019/2020 will likely be the new Harry Potter attraction and Terminator replacement. I'd wager 2021 (at least) for opening of Mario.
I'm hoping it's not true, though it seems like it is. I still prefer the ideas of a third (sorry, VB) gate, with Nintendo, LoTR, Fantastic Beasts and more.
Obviously this is huge news. I don't understand the complaint by the anonymous poster above regarding how long this development will take. Universal has been pretty clear that they wanted the USJ land to open first. As far as permitting to completion, the timeline is pretty consistent with other UC developments that have involved tearing down existing attractions to build new ones. It took over 2 years to build Diagon Alley, and it will take nearly 2 years just to build a single new HP attraction on the Dragon Challenge/Dueling Dragons site. Considering we're talking about 2 distinct areas and the need to raze a pretty large area of existing and diverse attractions (along with reworking infrastructure like water and sewer, which are heavily entrenched in KidZone), not to mention the heavy use of backstage areas behind KidZone for HHN, a 2-3 year timeline should not be all that surprising. Disney is at the permitting stage for single attractions that are going into empty space or existing buildings, yet they're allowing 2-3+ year timelines for those projects (Guardians, Ratatouille, and Tron).
ET has to stay - it's one of the few physical family attractions they have, without screens !
"To those saying "no more screens" ... an area w/ attractions based entirely around a video game franchise will likely get more screens, not less."
Diagonal alley took 2 1/2 years to build but Gringos had terrible capacity it's first year. The first time I rode it they were purposefully running it at 1/3 capacity so it wouldn't break down.
Excellent news! I'm very curious to see what Universal ends up doing with Nintendo, as if done right it will dethrone the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as the most immersive theme park environment. The fact that there will likely only be two attractions for such a diverse entertainment company is slightly disappointing, but hopefully there are plans for an expansion not too far down the pipeline. Between this, the new Harry Potter attractions, and everything Disney's working on, it's sounding like 2021 may be a good year to make a return visit to Orlando.
Isn't the plan 1 new thing at each park for the next 5 years?
The time scale is dissapointing - but hopefully in the meantime they will keep adding/replacing attractions throughout the park and building on momentum - just hopefully they hire a brand new creative team that isn't turning the park into screen rides.
I'm sorry, but there is no way they are doing the Ministry of Magic thing by 2020. They would've started pulling that theater down right after Labor Day. If they start building MoM now, they would have a year and a half to get it done. Yes, it took 11 months to build Transformers, but the demo was much easier for that, there was almost no detail work needed AND it was just a clone. This is not a clone, it'll require major detail work to tie it into Diagon Alley AND it's also new technology. They simply would not give an attraction like this such a short window.
Universal doesn't have time to bask in any sort of glow. Galaxy's Edge is going to rocket Disney far above Universal again, likely to levels we haven't seen since before 2009. Living in Orlando, I can tell you the anticipation for SWGE is IMMENSE, unlike anything I've seen before, and we're still at least two full years away from the land's opening. Universal needs to be proactive and get their plans together NOW, or the last decade of progress they've made will be in vain.
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