It can’t be an easy time to be thinking about theme parks. The multi-billion dollar industry took a sharp decline when the idea of mass-gatherings became dangerous to people, meaning that a lot of big plans were scuttled or delayed. Nintendo had been hoping to get Super Mario World rolling in Japan with a quick expansion to Universal Studios Parks in America shortly after, but the pandemic deferred these plans and stopped construction on their proposed Orlando site.
Today, the mayor of Orange County Jerry Demings told the Orlando Sentinel that construction has resumed on Universal’s Epic Universe. As outlined in a Universal presentation roughly one year ago, Epic Universe was a multi-area theme park expansion to Universal Studio’s Orlando park which would house, among other things, the first western home for Super Nintendo Land.
Shortly after Demings comments, Universal put out their own statement, confirming that construction has resumed after a one-year hiatus, but that it’s still in nascent stages. “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,” the statement reads.
So, in other words, do not expect to go on Super Mario’s wild ride until 2025 at the earliest. The Tokyo Super Nintendo World, which had always been intended to launch first, has gone through a soft launch and is expected to fully open alongside the Tokyo Olympics later this summer.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore are also scheduled to get a Nintendo addition, but it is not currently clear when.