Universal's first theme park outside the United States, Universal Studios Japan opened March 31, 2001 in Osaka. Today, it's Universal's most-visited theme park, drawing more than 14 million visitors in 2019, ranking sixth in the world. In addition to familiar Universal theme park properties - such as Harry Potter, the Minions, and Jurassic Park - Universal Studios Japan also is home to Super Nintendo World as well as characters from Peanuts and Sesame Street, which are found at rival parks in the United States.
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New for 2024
Mine-Cart Madness - This new "boom coaster" will anchor the Donkey Kong Country expansion of Super Nintendo World, in spring 2024.
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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey★ ★ ★
Kuka-arm dark ride located in Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade. Height requirement: 48 inches
Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge
Super Nintendo World's main attraction is an augmented reality dark ride in which guests drive in a real-life Mario Kart game. Height requirement: 36 inches
Jurassic Park The Flying Dinosaur
A 3,688-foot Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster in Jurassic Park, with a 124-foot drop, top speed of 62 mph and five inversions. Height requirement: 52 inches
Jurassic Park The Ride
Dinosaur-themed shoot-the-chutes flume ride in Jurassic Park. Height requirement: 42 inches
Live stunt show that far exceeds the Kevin Coster movie upon which it is based.
Hollywood Dream - The Ride: 3,937-foot Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster, with a top speed of 56 mph. Height requirement: 54 inches
Cinema 4D: Movie theater
Space Fantasy - The Ride: Mack Rides indoor spinning coaster. Often rethemed for various limited-time animation events. Height requirement: 40 inches
Sing On Tour: Musical show
Playing With Curious George: Theater show
Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show: Musical show
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride closes January 22.
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Motion base show. Height requirement: 40 inches
Jaws: Narrated outdoor boat ride, just like the one that used to be in Orlando. Height requirement: 48 inches
Super Nintendo World
Yoshi Adventure: Track ride atop Yoshi's back where you hunt through Super Nintendo World for a Golden Egg that Captain Toad was seeking. Height requirement: 34 inches.