Super Nintendo World made a spectacular debut at Universal Studios Hollywood this month with its soft opening, and gamers and tourists alike are racing to see what the park has to offer and what’s on the line. to test the highly anticipated Mario Kart ride.
Featuring slow-moving carts painted in different colors, the augmented reality experience that places riders inside Bowser’s castle is set to be a hit with Mario enthusiasts everywhere, but one detail part of the ride gets under some people’s skin.
“There’s nothing but great things to say about Super Nintendo World other than this: the body size limits on Mario Kart rides are absolutely ridiculous. I don’t have any issues with it on any ride in my entire life, and I could ALMOST fit in it. One. Totally absurd,” wrote influencer Rocco Botte, blasting the narrow ride seats on Twitter.
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Another one of the ride’s critics, a Twitter user named Anna, wrote, “Can we talk about how at my biggest I wouldn’t have fit in Mario Kart? A 40″ waistline than a size 20. Are you kidding me @UniStudios? It’s a DARK RIDE.”
“You can’t ride mario kart without permission from Bowser and DK. Dumb,” a third user named Zaha wrote.
Postcast host Matt Mazany also addressed the topic on Twitter, writing, “Trust me when I say ‘lose some weight’ is not a novel proposition. Universal has a history now with the release of new rides (Harry Potter, Life of Pets , and now Mario Kart) where they can’t accommodate the big crowd but they charge the full price of admission from us. It seems unethical. “
TikToker David Vaughn has given his followers a heads-up about the video-sharing platform’s size restriction, he said. “Unfortunately, the new Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge attraction comes with a warning that guests whose waistline is at least 40 inches or more may not be accommodated on the ride.”
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“Even with a trial seat at the attraction’s entrance, it’s disappointing that theme parks still create family-friendly attractions that are inaccessible to most of their guests.”
As mentioned in Vaughn’s video, the Universal Studios website says there is a “test seat” available at the entrance so guests can test if their size will accommodate the actual ride.
“This ride uses safety restraints that may prevent some guests from riding due to body shape and size,” the instructions read. “Guests whose waist line is at least 40″ or more may not be accommodated on the ride and are strongly encouraged to try the test seat provided at the entrance of the attraction to ensure their ability to ride.”
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CDC statistics show a troubling figure for riders, however, showing that the average US man is slightly over the 40″ limit with a waist circumference of 40.5″ while the average The woman’s waist circumference measures 38.7″, leaving people to question whether it’s as tight as some say it is.
As mentioned in some tweets, Universal Studios has been criticized for the same issue with the circumference of other rides in the past, including the famous “Harry Potter” ride.
Super Nintendo World offers more than Mario Kart rides, however, including awesome Mario-themed pit stops, a shop full of Super Mario items, opportunities to meet and greet your favorite characters of Nintendo and the Toadstool Café where guests can enjoy Nintendo- themed meals.
The park’s grand opening is expected to take place on February 17.
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