An official construction map has been revealed for the Super Nintendo World attraction at Universal Studios Orlando.
Chip Skambis, assignment desk editor for WFTV9 aka Central Florida’s ABC News affiliate, shared the map on Twitter. The darker outlines show the general structures of the buildings in the 8.8 acre area. He said that the plans show that there is going to be a dining area with a total seating capacity of 365 seats. Super Mushroom stew, anyone?
Super Nintendo World hugs Springfield: Home of the Simpsons to the left and the E.T. Adventure ride to the bottom right, taking over Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone.
GameXplain created a rough outline of Super Nintendo World based on the map and put it over a Google Earth map of the park to better illustrate its supposed locations and boundaries in the park. Super Nintendo World is highlighted in red with Springfield and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley highlighted in yellow and blue respectively.
Skambis also confirmed that Universal Studios Orlando submitted plans for the 8.8 acre Super Mario Land, called Prj 487, on November 21. The area will have a 204,993 square foot Donkey Kong section and a 76,916 square foot Mario Kart section. He said that the area will have 48 toilets. Construction will likely start in early 2018. He also shared some official documents below:
The employee cafeteria behind the Simpsons fast food corner will be demolished to make room for the project, said Skambis.
Sources told WFTV9 that Universal Studios plans to add more Nintendo rides and attractions to Islands of Adventure as well as the recently purchased 500 acres of land on the other side of Interstate 4 near Universal Boulevard.
Japan is set to open their Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan in 2020 with the Orlando location opening after that. Universal Studios Japan held the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Super Nintendo World in June 2017 with Nintendo Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto in attendance.
According to a press release, Super Nintendo Land will have two layers of shops and restaurants as well as its own Mario Kart-themed ride. Professor Emeritus Katsuhiro Miyamoto of Kansai University says that the project will generate over 6.2 trillion yen in the Kinki region and about 11.7 trillion yen in the whole country over the 10 years after it opens with approximately 108,000 people employed. According to Fortune, Universal is dedicating 40 billion yen (or around $352 million) to the project, which is $87 million more than they spend on the Harry Potter world.
Back in May of 2015, Nintendo announced that they would be partnering with Universal with them later confirming in March of 2016 that a Nintendo-themed area was coming to Universal Studios Japan and that it would be in the same scale as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. Then in December 2016 they announced that it would be called Super Nintendo World.
Video game publisher Ubisoft is planning its own 10,000 square meter “next generation” theme park opening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2020 featuring its video game franchises. The project is being led by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, which oversees the company’s film and television projects, and are partnering with Malaysian Developer RSG who are also building Movie Animation Park Studios incorporating projects from DreamWorks, The Smurfs, and more.