Super Nintendo World's not had a brilliant start. The Japanese park's opening got delayed back in January, and though we knew it would be sometime before the United States parks opened, we didn't know how long we'd be waiting. As it turns out, Orlando's Super Nintendo World - part of the wider Epic Universe park - won't be opening for another four years.
Construction had previously been delayed due to Covid-19, pushing back the planned 2023 opening into 2024. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has advised that Universal are now planning to finish the upcoming theme park by 2025.
Releasing a statement soon after, Universal didn't confirm this specific timeframe, instead stating:
Work is resuming on Universal Orlando Resort’s Epic Universe, the widely anticipated theme park that will create an entirely new level of theme park entertainment. Work on Epic Universe paused in July 2020, as the company adjusted plans in the midst of the pandemic. The restart will begin immediately, but is expected to take several months before reaching full-speed as Universal restaffs for the project and reassembles its vendor and contractor teams.
No matter how you cut it, Nintendo fans in the U.S. have a long wait ahead of them. There's no word on when the planned Super Nintendo World will open for California either, though we'd expect this is likely on a similar timeframe.
As for the Japanese park - considering Osaka's previous state of emergency was recently lifted - we'd expect further news soon.
Unfortunate, but it is what it is 🤷
I wonder if the Orlando park will be like the one in Tokyo or if they will focus on other franchises like Zelda or Kirby... probably too early to say given how early in construction it is, unless I missed something from Nintendo confirming one way or the other.
Can't say I am too surprised about the delay though.
Not like I was planning to go to Universal Orlando a second time. It was a fun experience, but I have plans to go to Japan, so this delay doesn't mean much to me.
Super Nintendo Land California is miles ahead of Florida so its not on the same timeframe. They have vertical construction and will probably be done this year.
They will probably hold off opening it until early 2022 though.
@Terra Construction in California's been proceeding well recently, so I'd expect it to open a good year or more before Orlando, where construction hasn't even started
This delay is another example of Nintendo's greed and evil nature.
Yeah the Hollywood version seems to be coming along nicely and hopefully opening within a year. I may not be a opening day visitor but living here in So Cal I'll be sure to get myself in there first chance I get. I was twice able to get into Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge before it opened due to the fact my significant other works in Corporate for the Mouse. Hmmm perhaps I'll shall find myself a side chick that works at Universal Hollywood and I'll shag my way in
Yeah i would imagine that since Nintendo World is an add on to the hollywood park (like Osaka) it should be finished way sooner than Orlando that is a brand new park with 3 other massive additions.
@Burning_Spear do you comment that on every post? This has nothing to do with Nintendo, blame universal.
Well there's my big 60th birthday plans settled then. 🎂🍄
That's supposed to make the rest of you feel better if you think you'll be waiting a long time. 😉
@MorganWhoop given the other times he said Nintendo was evil, I'm starting to think he's just messing with all of us
Dang I'm probably not gonna be able to go to Japan and Orlando is the closest to me so this sucks.
This seems like an arbitrary delay. They've had construction vehicles coming and going from the compound for the past six months despite saying it's delayed.
@MS7000 Orlando and Tokyo will share the exact same layout. Only Orlando will open with both phases at the same time, Japan already started on phase 2 but the openingdate is not known yet.
Phase 1 = Mario kart + yoshi
Phase 2 = Donkey Kong minecart ride
California is already well underway and will receive an unique layout without Yoshi and Donkey Kong due to space. Although there is space to add Donkey Kong later, but as far as I know it is not planned for now.
@iMarkU Ahh, okay. Donkey Kong Ride sounds interesting; will be interesting to see more. Thanks for the info!
@MorganWhoop Yeah he does it to troll people.
Cool, I’ll be ready for a vacay by then.
Ugh.... I don’t wanna wait that long haha
Is there a term like Vaporware for theme parks???
I hope there’s no delay in the other Super Nintendo Land in Universal Studios Singapore.. although it seems inevitable with the current Covid situation
As expected due to COVID, I'll be 30 by that time
From what i've seen this park does not look like its made for adults, and it just looks like something that's made for little kids.
The one in Japan looks cool but a little underwhelming. Small.
And. Not enough attractions
Shocking, because Florida's leaders have done such an incredible job beating back CV-19 and taking things seriously since the pandemic began...
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