Universal Studios Japan Opens ‘Hotel Albert’ Attraction Ahead of 2018 Halloween Event

09.September.2018 | SPOT

In the run up to Universal Studios Japan’s (USJ) seasonal event “Universal Surprise Halloween 2018,” the park has opened its new horror attraction Hotel Albert that offers a new way for adults to enjoy Halloween which they are calling “Otona Halloween” (Adult Halloween).

The attraction combines elements of USJ’s “Halloween Horror Night” with immersive theatre, a type of interactive theatre that started in New York’s Off-Broadway theatres in which the audience is a participant in the play to some degree.

 

People will participate in groups and will become guests of the luxury hotel which is set in a time 40 years ago. The hotel has a lobby decorated with a gorgeous chandelier and guest rooms are decked out with real antique furniture. Guests will be able to walk around the attraction as characters in the story and experience a beautifully haunting tale unfold before them.

Japanese actress Ayami Nakajo experienced the attraction herself and commented the following:

I was a participant of the story and surprises came my way as the story advanced. I became separated from the person I was with. I experienced some frights on my own and came to understand everything at the end when I spoke with everyone in the lobby. There’s never been an attraction like this. They even went so far as to put details in the environment like old furniture and the smells with the scent of old carpets. I was totally immersed in the world. It was a new kind of experience. The horror captivated me, and if you’re a girl then there’s a melancholic story there that you’ll be able to empathise with.

 

Nakajo also got to experience the park’s first horror maze where you’re not allowed to let your voice out. It’s one of the new attractions called Silence in the Ghost Ship.

“You are followed by fear because you want to scream but you’re not allowed. I wanted to get through it quickly. You can’t let your voice out, so I covered my ears and held my breath as I advanced. My voice and emotions that I was holding back all came out all at once like I was throwing up when I got to the exit.”

 

Hotel Albert and Silence in the Ghost Ship are just some of the exciting new Halloween experiences arriving at USJ this year for adults. But Universal Surprise Halloween 2018 has plenty in store for families too including Street Zombies and Zombies Mob where zombies will roam about the park. Lots more events are planned to be announced too.

 

Enjoy a new kind of Halloween this year at USJ.

 

 

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Running: September 7, 2018 – November 4, 2018

Closest Station: JR Universal City Station

Official Website: http://www.usj.co.jp/company/company_e/2018/0719.html

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  • Monster Minions Are Invading Universal Studios Japan for Halloween 2018

    07.September.2018 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is holding its seasonal Universal Surprise Halloween even this year which consists of three elements: Otona Halloween, a sophisticated event for adult guests, Zekkyo Halloween, which is intended to make people scream, and Kowa Kawa Halloween for kids to enjoy.

    In this article we take a look at Kowa Kawa Halloween, which translates to “Creepy Cute Halloween,” and is aimed at families.

     

    With Kowa Kawa Halloween, kids can look forward to romping with the Despicable Me Minions who have transformed into monsters that are a little bit scary but more cute than anything. They will be playful like you’ve never seen them before.

     

    There will be several events happening throughout the day too for families to enjoy a full day at the park. During the day there will be a parade titled Festa de Parade as well as the Happy Trick Or Treat where candy will be poured like a waterfall for kids to watch. At night the park will hold its first ever Universal Wonderland Kowa Kawa Night.

     

    Festa de Parade was held last year too and was thoroughly enjoyed by guests. As well as the parade, they put on the first ever Minion “Kowa Kawa” Party Area where parent and child families of 800 people enjoyed the Minions putting on a stage show. It got pretty wild.

    Gru joined the Minions in the party area who were dressed in creepy cute costumes. Gru and the gang all danced to popular pop songs together while as the crowd cheered. As guests joined in with the party fun by dancing along, parade floats began to arrive.

     

    A total of nine floats came past all themed around Halloween. Confetti was shot into the air from the stage and floats, surrounding guests in the colours of Halloween.

    Despite the sun setting, Halloween was only just beginning at Universal Studios Japan as they introduced the park’s first ever Universal Wonderland Kowa Kawa Night. The walls of the park attractions are decorated with bats and spiderwebs. There are also creepy-cute projections and pumpkin decorations. It’s a completely different atmosphere than during the day. The characters too dress up in creepy-cute costumes.

     

    There’s much to be enjoyed at USJ this year for Halloween. Whether it’s Otona Halloween, Zekkyo Halloween or Kowa Kawa Halloween, you’re sure to get your fill of spooks!

     

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    Universal Surprise Halloween

    Running: September 7, 2018 – November 4, 2018

    Closest Station: JR Universal City Station

    Official Website: http://www.usj.co.jp/company/company_e/2018/0719.html

  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D to Receive Run Extension at Universal Studios Japan

    28.May.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    This year’s Universal Cool Japan event has been running since January 19, bringing together the some of the best of Japan’s contemporary pop culture.

     

    The first ever Sailor Moon 4D attraction, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Miracle 4-D, made its debut at the park earlier this year which has the audience build trust with the sailors and overcome a difficult situation with them.

     

    Due to demand from guests who have actually experienced the showing, the run time for the attraction has been extended to September 30. The original schedule was from March 16 to June 24.
    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」
    The 4D attraction throws people into the world of Sailor Moon which feels so realistic you can almost touch it with your hands. It has been highly praised not only by fans of the original work, but guests of all ages alike.

     

    The author of Sailor MoonNaoko Takeuchi, has also spoken highly of it: “I want to watch it everyday! I want to feel part of the Sailors cutely jumping around the place and part of their fight everyday. Everything about it is the best! I’m glad to be alive!” (*Translated from Japanese)

     

    It’s recommended for those who want a smooth experience with the attraction to get their hands on an express pass. Additional passes go on sale from May 25 and are available until June 24. They’ve been selling like hot cakes so don’t miss out!

    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」

    There’s also the Sailor Moon Special Express Pass which comes with lots of special bonuses. As well as a smoother experience, you’ll get to see the Tuxedo Mask Miracle Greeting set. The entry day for this pass lasts until August 31, 2018.
    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」
    Of course, there’s plenty of Sailor Moon themed sweets too, as well as a photo opportunity where you can get your picture framed like below.
    大阪・USJ「美少女戦士セーラームーン・ザ・ミラクル4-D」
    Enjoy the dreamy world of Sailor Moon at Universal Studios Japan!

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan Unveils ‘Universal Spectacle Night Parade: The Best of Hollywood’

    20.May.2018 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has unveiled its revolutionary new parade titled Universal Spectacle Night Parade. American supermodel Taylor Hill, who is is recognised around the walk on the runway, arrived in Japan to appear at the unveiling. Internationally active Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama, who is known for her role in Kill Bill: Volume I as Gogo Yubari, also made an appearance at the park.

    ユニバーサル・スペクタクル・ナイトパレード

    The high-tech parade saw floats roll down the street using projection mapping for the movies Harry PotterTransformers (the first time for the park), Jurassic World, and Minions. The teams behind the music production of each movie gathered together as songs from the soundtracks―recorded in places across the world including the UK and Australia―played throughout. Immersive stage lighting also illuminated the parade in the birth of this world-first night show, delivering the world of Hollywood movies live.

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    Taylor Hill and Chiaki Kuriyama appeared before everybody amongst the mesmerising lights and sounds. They expressed their excitement about the parade, saying how the parade made them feel like they were actually in the films, and how the concept broke the moulds of all other parades and shows to date.

     

    Experience the mind-blowing parade for yourself at Universal Studios Japan!

     

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    Website: http://www.usj.co.jp/universal-night-parade/

     

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    13.January.2021 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is set to spring into Easter starting on March 12 with the announcement of Universal Easter Celebration 2021. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary since USJ opened, will see the park’s cute and iconic characters once again lull guests into an unforgettable Easter dream at Universal Wonderland and Minion Park.

     

    Universal Easter Celebration

    USJ will see colourful pastel decorations cover the Universal Wonderland and Minion Park areas, and the characters too will be dressed in their seasonal Easter costumes. A special Easter rendition of the Wonderland Seasons Joy show will also take place to commemorate the park’s 20th anniversary with song and dance.

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    The park will also introduced a special egg hunt after Elmo and the Minions dropped some of their eggs. If you manage to find them all you get a limited-edition gold medal. USJ is also taking the Easter festivities online too with a special celebratory live stream called Let’s Cooking! Kawaii Easter Party

     

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  • Super Nintendo World Releases Virtual Tour of Entire Theme Park Area

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    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

     

    With just one month left until the grand opening, USJ has launched a special website for Super Nintendo World which offers a virtual tour through each part of the new theme park area. Mario fanatics are sure to be delighted by the adornments from Bowser’s Castle to Pipes, Mushrooms, Question blocks, and more, as well as familiar faces like Goombas, Thwomps, Yoshi—the list goes on.

     

    Accessing the site will bring you to an overview of the map. As you scroll down the website takes you on a virtual journey to each of its iconic attractions, all of which are designed to make you feel like you’re really in the world of Super Mario.

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    01.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its highly-anticipated new Super Nintendo World area will open on February 4, 2021, which also happens to fall on the day of USJ’s 20th anniversary.

     

    Super Nintendo World comes as the world’s first theme park area to be based around Nintendo’s characters and games, combining innovative ideas with cutting-edge technology.

    While the grand opening is still a couple of months away, USJ is teasing fans by unveiling a portion of the park’s Mario Kart-themed ride which takes place inside of a reconstructed Bowser’s Castle.

     

    Bowser’s Castle

    Bowser’s Castle stands as one of the main symbols of Super Nintendo World. It’s a faithful recreation with towering stone walls, thick and heavy steel doors, pointed iron fencing, and more, not to mention the enormous stone Bowser statue that adorns the middle of the winding staircase ready to greet guests. There are plenty of thrills and chills to look forward to inside the castle of the King Koopa himself.

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge will open as the world’s first theme park ride centred on the popular video game series Mario Kart.

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    “Deep inside Bowser’s Castle lies Mario Kart: Bowser’s Castle, a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Universal Studio’s Creative Team to recreate the world of the hugely popular Mario Kart series which has sold over 150 million copies. Guests will put on their headsets and experience limitless excitement and thrills as they speed around courses.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge

    Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge is an XR ride that lets people feel like they are inside the world of Mario Kart while in the real world. The ride will feature all the details fans of the video game series are familiar with as they drift and spin around exciting courses alongside the game’s characters while collecting items from boxes to use on their opponents.

    The attraction makes use of AR and projection mapping technology to make the game as immersive as possible. Fans are sure to love driving through their favourite courses and scenes recreated using leading-edge technology. The attraction is six years in the making and the results of efforts between Nintendo’s Creative Team, USJ, and the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

     

    Endless fun for fans of Mario

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as a themed cafe, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    Guests will be able to purchase the Power Up Band, a wristband that works together with a smartphone app that allows you to collect virtual coins by punching Questions Blocks like Mario which are scattered around the park. Scores can be seen on the leaderboard so you can see how you stack up against other players.

  • Review: Universal Studios Japan Spreads the Christmas Cheer With Their Special Winter Program

    15.November.2020 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has planned a special series of Christmas events for this year to celebrate everyone’s endeavours throughout this tumultuous 2020. Celebrations began on November 13 and are set to run through to December 27. The amusement park held a press preview on November 12 which allowed early access..

     

    The ceremony opening this year’s Christmas season sees popular characters and the entertainers dressed in Christmas garbs fitting for the holiday season. Guests can feel safe as they enjoy the festivities with all of the necessary social distancing measures in place.

     

    This year, USJ introduces new events including “Happy Christmas Street Party” and the romantic singing show “New York Christmas Wish.” Guests can also purchase one of the park’s special Happy Deco Mask stickers for their face masks. It’s an exciting time at USJ this holiday season as the characters and entertainers dance and sing for guests to deliver the Christmas wish for 2020.

    A special stage was set up for the press preview for an exclusive opening ceremony. It took place at Delancey Street in the New York area of USJ where the Despicable Me Minions, Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty, and other characters dressed up alongside snowmen and entertainers. The characters encouraged guests to sing and dance along to Christmas songs in a COVID-safe environment, bringing smiles to all who attended like a true Christmas party. The performance ended with a blast of confetti in Christmas colours, and everyone posed their best pose of positivity to spread some Christmas cheer to all in attendance.

    Sticking on an assortment of USJ’s Christmas Deco Mask stickers onto face masks made wearing them fun.

     

    Smiles are sure to be abound at USJ this year as they always are. For more information, be sure to check out our other article here as well as the park’s official website.

     

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  • Universal Studios Japan Announces Christmas 2020 Program

    01.November.2020 | SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan is planning a special series of Christmas events for this year to celebrate everyone’s endeavours throughout this tumultuous 2020. Set to run from November 13 to December 27, the park will be changing its Universal Crystal Christmas event from last year which included a night show and special Christmas tree set-up to create a more safe experience for guests during the pandemic.

     

    The park is set to bring as much fun, excitement, and smiles as ever for this year’s Christmas celebrations.

     

    Happy Christmas Street Party: Dance with the park’s characters

    Happy Christmas Street Party is a new event to Universal Studios Japan this Christmas which will welcome characters from Sesame Street and Peanuts, as well as snowmen and entertainers, all dressed in their holiday season garbs to sing and dance for guests. Guests will be able to feel as one as they sing and dance to Christmas songs in a safe, socially-distanced environment, together with the characters.

     

    Location: Hollywood Area

    Duration: 2-3 times a day, approx 20 mins

     

    The singing show gets a Christmas makeover

    A special and romantic Christmas story of love called “New York Christmas Wish” will take over this year’s singing show. Christmas songs will also be sung for the popular “Power of Pop” show.

     

    Minion Park’s Yellow Christmas: Happiness here, there, and everywhere

    USJ welcomes the “Minion Park’s Yellow Christmas” event once again this year where Minion decorations will adorn the park streets and the Minions themselves will be out and about dressed in Christmas costumes.

     

    Happy Deco Masks

    The park will be selling special stickers for people to adorn their masks with like decorating a Christmas tree.

     

    Christmas food and merchandise

    Guests can expect to tuck into some delicious Christmas-y food as well as get their hands on exclusive Christmas merchandise. There will also be special items available for guests who hold an Annual Passport to the park.

     

    Universal Studios Japan Hotel

    The park’s official hotel is now offering a special plan for the holiday season called “Christmas Dramatic Stay” which included a special Christmas dinner and breakfast to guests who stay there.

     

    More details will be released on USJ’s official website in the lead up to the park’s Christmas program.

     

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  • Sanrio Puroland Halloween Makeup Developed in Collaboration With POLA

    26.October.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    POLA INC. is collaborating with Sanrio Entertainment’s amusement park Sanrio Puroland for their ongoing PURO HALLOWEEN PARTY event which is being held both at the park and online. The company has developed cute and sophisticated Halloween makeup inspired by the looks being worn by the Sanrio characters at Puroland for Halloween.

    Halloween is a time to dress up as your favourite spooky figure, and POLA has jumped on board by creating a range of makeup looks to support Halloween outfits this year that anyone can do at home. Each look has a step-by-step visual guide as well as a video to help you along the way.

     

    All the products used for the looks are by POLA and can all be bought at their nearly 4,000 stores including the 670 POLA THE BEAUTY branches and their flagship store POLA GINZA. Select branches in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macao, and Singapore are also stocking the items.

  • Cute Halloween Confections Make Their Way to Ginza Cozy Corner This October

    25.October.2020 | FOOD

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    The tasty line-up features a collection of playful ghouls and ghosts partying at a haunted house. Bites include an eyeball tart, orange-flavoured Jack-o’-lantern roll cake, and lots more. Plus, the box they come in can be cut out and used as a photo prop for snapping cute Halloween pictures.

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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Jack Skellington Stained Glass Cookies

    24.October.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

    I have the perfect Halloween recipe for you this time. If we’re talking Halloween, then who else but Jack Skellington is the man for the job? Here’s my recipe to make Jack Skellington Stained Glass Cookies.

     

    Ingredients

     

    70g unsalted butter
    50g icing sugar (or high quality white sugar if you don’t have)
    A pinch of salt
    30g egg
    110g weak flour
    10g black cocoa
    1 white chocolate pen
    Hard candy of your choice crushed into small pieces

    *To crush the candy, you can put into a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin

     

    1


    Place all ingredients except the egg into a food processor and blitz. After, place the egg into the blitzed mix and blitz once again. Once combined, wrap with cling film and place into the refrigerator for 1+ hours until set.

     

    2


    Use a rolling pin to roll out circles of equal thickness for Jack’s head. Use a cutter to cut out the eyes, and place into the refrigerator one more to set.

     

    3

    Bake in the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes and take out again.

     

    4


    Place your crushed candy into the eye holes and bake for a further 5 minutes.
    *The candy will melt into place and even out, so feel free to pile on the pieces

    *Be careful not to overcook the candy as it will turn brown

     

    5


    Allow to cool. Be very careful handling and placing down the cookies as the eyes will be delicate. Decorate Jack’s nose and mouth with the chocolate pen and he’s ready for your Halloween party!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

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  • World’s First Mario Cafe and Shop Opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka

    20.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) announced earlier this month that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered, as the new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store officially opened inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020.

     

    The cafe and shop is dream come true for fans of the Mario bros as they enter into a world inspired by the video game series with Mario and Luigi and level decorations in every corner. It can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

    Themed food and merchandise line-up

    Decorations are instantly recognisable with Question Blocks and Pipes on the walls, Mario Mushroom-coloured tables, and more.

    The food line-up includes dishes, drinks, and desserts like pancake sandwiches made to look like Mario and Luigi’s hats, fruit dream soda inspired by the brothers’ moustaches, and a selection of original merchandise which reads “WHOSE CAP?” on it like T-shirts and more. You can see more of what’s on the menu here.

     

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  • Shibuya’s L’OCCITANE CAFE Reveals Spooky Parfait For Halloween 2020

    18.October.2020 | FOOD

    L’OCCITANE CAFE Shibuya is getting ready for Halloween with the reveal of its sweet potato and apple parfait which will be served from October 21 to 31. The Tokyo-based cafe is centred on the food culture and lifestyle of Provence in southern France.

    Sweet Potato and Apple Parfait | ¥1,280 (Tax Included)

    The seasonal treat is a mix of purple sweet potato and regular sweet potato, baked apples, apple sherbet, and vanilla ice, all topped off with whipped cream, roasted nuts, and almond tuile biscuits in the shape of ghosts and a pumpkin.

  • Halloween Food Served Up at Meiji Jingu Shrine’s Constitution Memorial Hall

    10.October.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Meiji Kinenkan, also known as Constitution Memorial Hall, has announced that its beer terrace Sekirei will open up for October to serve up a Halloween themed menu.

     

    Meiji Kinenkan is a unique and premium venue at Meiji Jingu Shrine that serves as a host to many different kinds of gatherings. It was designated as an important cultural property of Tokyo for its architecture in March of this year.

     

    Sekirei normally opens during the summertime each year, but this year they’ve decided to open up for business for the autumn season too. Guests can enjoy a line-up of over 40 different food items in the beautiful autumn-kissed gardens along with beer and a selection of other beverage.

     

    Halloween Menu

    The Halloween menu arrived on Monday and features a colour arrangement of tasty bites, with an original line-up of foods and desserts conceived by Meiji Kinenkan’s chef who specialises in French cuisine at the site.

     

    Other Autumn Options

    Autumn is a very pleasant season in terms of weather, and so as well as the Halloween menu, Sekirei has cooked up a separate seasonal assortment too including Japanese roast beef with vegetables, fried masutake mushroom and salmon, and more.

     

    Sekirei has a special indoor all-you-can-drink plan as well in case it rains, so guests don’t have to worry about the weather and can keep warm indoors if the occasion calls for it.

  • SUPER NINTENDO WORLD Will Open at Universal Studios Japan in Spring 2021

    08.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Universal Studios Japan (USJ) has announced that its new Nintendo-themed area SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will open in spring 2021. The park was originally scheduled to open last year, the year of the Tokyo Olympics, but the date was postponed due to COVID-19.

     

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD: A Nintendo Fan’s Dream

    SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be the first-ever multilevel Nintendo-themed area at USJ, and the first of its kind in the world. Fans of the internationally beloved games can expected to see a whole host of rides and attractions dedicated to their favourite characters, from Mario Kart to Yoshi and beyond, as well as themed restaurants, merchandise shops—the list goes on. There is endless amount of fun for fans to feel a part of the Nintendo world as they take up the role of Mario and hit blocks to receive coins, collect items, and much more.

     

    While the grand opening of SUPER NINTENDO is still a while away yet, USJ has everyone covered. The new and first of its kind Mario Cafe & Store will officially open inside the park’s Hollywood Area on October 16, 2020. Let’s take a closer look.

     

    Mario Cafe & Store

    Mario Cafe & Store’s location inside the Hollywood Area


    This Mario themed space will serve up food and drink inspired by everybody’s favourite plumber as well as sell merchandise.

    The cafe and shops’ exterior designs

    The cafe and shop can be easily spotted thanks to the red and green “M” and “L” letters on the windows symbolising Mario and Luigi as well as the Mario and Luigi hats. Gamers can enjoy this exciting space while they wait for the official opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

    Mario & Luigi themed food

    The food and drink line-up pays tribute to the beloved Mario video game franchise with instantly-recognisable motifs.

    ①Strawberry Shortcake Mario Hat Pancake Sandwich ②Grape Cheesecake Luigi Hat Pancake Sandwich ③Mario’s Strawberry Cream Fruit Cream Soda ④Luigi’s Apple Cream Fruit Cream Soda ⑤Soft Drinks (Super Mushroom, comes with drinks bottle)

    Everything on the menu is sure to have you snapping some photos for Instagram.

     

    Exclusive Mario merchandise

    The shop is located next to the cafe and offers a whole range of exclusive merchandise with references to the Mario games like the brothers’ hats, Princess Peach’s crown, and more.

    There’s also a special “WHOSE CAP?” series of goods to grab.

     

    Stay tuned for future updates on SUPER NINTENDO WORLD.

     

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