Universal Studios’ new Mario Kart ride ripped for rules limiting plus-size visitors

Super Nintendo World made a banging debut at Universal Studios Hollywood this month with its soft opening, and gamers and tourists flocked to see what the park had to offer and line up to test out its Mario ride. Long-awaited go-kart.

With slow-moving carts painted different colors, the augmented reality experience that places riders inside Bowser’s castle was destined to be a hit among Mario enthusiasts everywhere, but one detail about the ride is under the skin of some people.

“Nothing but wonderful things to say about Super Nintendo World except this: The body size limits on the Mario Kart ride are absolutely ridiculous. I’ve never had a problem adjusting to a Mario Kart ride. my whole life, and I can barely adjust to this one. Completely absurd,” influencer Rocco Botte wrote, lambasting the narrow carousel seats on Twitter.

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Guests ride Super Mario Kart during a Super Nintendo World premiere at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California on January 13, 2023.
(Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Another of the race critics, a Twitter user named Anna, wrote: “Can we discuss how I couldn’t have fit on Mario Kart? me @UniStudios? It’s a DARK RIDE.”

“You can’t take a mario kart ride that Bowser and DK wouldn’t even be allowed on. Dumb,” wrote a third user named Zaha.

Postcast host Matt Mazany also chimed in on the subject on Twitter, writing, “Trust me when I say ‘lose some weight’ is not a new suggestion. Universal now has a habit of releasing new rides (Harry Potter, Life of Pets, and now Mario Kart) where they don’t cater to grown-ups, but they will take full price from us for admission Seems unethical.

TikToker David Vaughn informed his followers about the size restriction on the video-sharing platform, saying. “Unfortunately, the new Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge attraction comes with a warning that guests with a waistline of at least 40 inches or more cannot be accommodated on the ride.”

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A statue of Bowser is seen at the entrance to the Mario Kart Bowser's Challenge ride during a preview of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California on January 13, 2023.

A statue of Bowser is seen at the entrance to the Mario Kart Bowser’s Challenge ride during a preview of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California on January 13, 2023.
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“Although there is a trial seat at the entrance to the attraction, it is frustrating that theme parks are still creating family attractions that are not accessible to many of their guests.”

As Vaughn’s video mentioned, the Universal Studios website says a “test seat” is available at the entrance so visitors can test whether their size will fit the actual ride.

“This ride uses safety restraints that may prevent some guests from riding due to body shape and size,” the guidelines state. “Guests with a waist circumference of at least 40″ or more cannot be accommodated on the ride and are strongly encouraged to try out the trial seat provided at the attraction entrance to ensure safe their ability to climb.”

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CDC stats show that’s a problematic number for ride enthusiasts, however, indicating that the average American man barely exceeds the 40″ limit with a waistline of 40.5″ while the The average women’s height measures 38.7″, leaving people wondering if the requirement is way too restrictive as some claim.

As some tweets have mentioned, Universal Studios has been criticized for the same girth issue with other rides in the past, including the popular “Harry Potter.”

However, Super Nintendo World offers more than just the Mario Kart ride, including adorable Mario-themed pit stops, a shop jam-packed with Super Mario merchandise, chances to meet and greet your favorite Nintendo characters, and the Toadstool Café where visitors can enjoy Nintendo-themed foods.

The inauguration of the park should take place on February 17.

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