Super Nintendo World’s Mario Kart Ride Only Accepts Thin People

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Super Nintendo World, the latest addition to Universal Hollywood’s theme park, is set to open in a few weeks, offering mario fans the opportunity to step into a living recreation of the Mushroom Kingdom, filled with the sights and sounds they know and love. However, not everyone will be able to experience the star attraction Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, as it has a very specific requirement: your waistline must not be 40 inches or more.

An elaborate “3D and 4D tour”, according to the official page of Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challengethe single-user ride takes participants through a variety of mario– thematic decorations animated by “state-of-the-art technology”. During the ride, you’ll team up individually or collectively to foil Team Bowser’s plans to grab that golden cup before Mario and his friends do. While this ride, and much of Super Nintendo World, looks exciting, the app used for park navigation and line management notes one specific detail: “Guests whose waistline is ‘at least 40″ or more may not be accommodated on the ride.” The copy of the application indicates that a trial seat is available to assess whether or not a participant meets these requirements. Since the ride average height in the US is around 40 inches, that certainly seems to rule out a lot of people.

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“Nothing but wonderful things to say about Super Nintendo World except this,” opens a tweet from YouTuber and “food influencer” Rocco Botte, “the body size limitations on the Mario Kart ride are absolutely ridiculous.

Another popular tweet denounces the absurdity of such a strict size limitation. “A line of size 40″ corresponds to approximately one [women’s] size 20.”

According to CDC statistics cited by Health Line, the average clothing size for adults assigned to a female at birth ranges from 18 to 20. many body types. And Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge isn’t the only ride with such strict limitations. At least four other Universal Studios rides, including Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Revenge of the Mummy – ride also cite the same 40-inch limit, with suggestions that participants should use the test seat to determine if the carousel can accommodate them.

As The Wall Street Journal discovered, these test seats are barely accurate and not very private. “Visitors say trials can be inconvenient [and] less forgiving than the actual ride seats,” the paper reports.

The waistline requirement particularly stings because Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is the only ride to be featured at Super Nintendo World, but it’s not designed to fit the physical dimensions of participants of average height or taller.

Kotaku has contacted Universal Studios Hollywood for comment.

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