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So You’re Going to Universal Studios Hollywood with Kids!! INTERACTIVE AREAS

Lets take a look at some of the awesome interactive areas in Universal Studios Hollywood!

Super Nintendo World
This land doubles as a giant play area for kids! Whether your kids love Mario or not, they will have a blast collecting coins in Super Nintendo World. A Power Band is $40 and has 6 designs to choose from (Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, and Toad) and will be well worth it for the fun your kiddo will have. Once inside the land, it can be used to hit blocks and collect coins, find hidden images throughout the land, collect more coins on Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, and collect keys by playing mini games to compete in Baby Bowser’s Shadow Showdown.

Mini Games + Bowser Jr.’s Shadow Showdown
An attraction all in itself, these have no height requirement and can be enjoyed by everyone! The mini games found throughout Super Nintendo World are: Goomba Crazy Crank, Koopa Troopa POWer Punch, Piranha Plant Nap Mishap, and Thwomp Panel Panic. Some of these games will take a little skill and you may have to help your child, but after successfully completing 3 of the games, you will have 3 keys collected and can move on to Bowser Jr.’s Shadow Showdown. If you thought the mini games were fun, this is even better. Think 90’s game shows; this shadow game is everything I ever wanted to do as a kid!! Kids of all ages will love to be able to try to defeat Bowser Jr. by hitting bombs, jumping over Goombas, and jumping to get mushrooms. You can do this game as many times as you want, so long as you have 3 keys to enter. You don’t have to complete all the mini games- you could collect 3 keys from the same game 3 times in a row. I recommend downloading the Universal Hollywood app to see all of the coins you’ve collected in Super Nintendo World, badges that you’ve unlocked, and how many keys you have.

Wizarding World
This land boasts tons of interactive elements for any Harry Potter fan, or even just kiddos that love fantastical creatures. Unfortunately, all of these interactive points are controlled by the wands sold throughout the land. The interactive wands start at $60. If that’s not in your budget, the good news is that you can still walk around and enjoy the land without one. So many people have interactive wands that you will always be able to stop and watch a spell being performed and see what it does. There are marks on the ground in front of most windows indicating a spell can be performed there (and if you buy the wand, it comes with a map of all the spell areas). If you hang out in front of one of the store windows, someone is bound to come along with a wand after a minute or two. This land is still a great way to distract your littles while the big kids ride Forbidden Journey. There is so much to see from the owls hanging in the rafters by the Owl Post to the colorful candy store Honeydukes. If you’re lucky you may catch a show just outside the castle with the Beauxbatons and Durmstrangs or the Hogwarts frog choir. And don’t forget to stop and chat with the Conductor in front of the Hogwarts Express!



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    July 8, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    This all sounds like so much fun! I think interactive areas can really be an amazing addition to keep things interesting white visiting! Love these photos too!

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    David Pearce
    July 9, 2023 at 5:16 am

    The Harry Potter stuff looks great, if a little pricey, although if you are going to visit you will no doubt save up. I think, though that I would still prefer the studio visit in the UK.

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    L - Franglais27
    July 15, 2023 at 10:52 am

    That looks like so much fun and especially as the children were able to dres up in costumes too! I love interactive days like that!

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