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Theme Park Insider Awards Recognizes UDX with Best New Attraction, Best Roller Coaster and Best Theme Park

January 11, 2024

The Universal Creative teams across Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood were recently recognized with three awards at the annual Theme Park Insider Awards

Whether you’re a Jurassic World superfan, Super Nintendo aficionado, or a longtime Islands of Adventure theme park goer, Universal offers something for everyone. Congratulations to the creative teams across the business on these incredible accomplishments. 

Best New Attraction: Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge 

Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD

Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Super Nintendo World on February 17, 2023. Anchored by Mario Kart: Bowsers Challenge, fans join their favorite characters; Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach to battle Team Bowser while steering through underwater courses and courses in the clouds, collecting coins and throwing shells to win the Golden Cup. 

Guests with a Power-Up Band can enjoy an enhanced experience when riding Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge by tapping their band on the ride vehicle’s steering wheel – enabling them to track digital coins collected. Power-Up Bands are available in multiple design options with character themes and can be purchased within the land and at SUPER NINTENDO WORLD retail shops located within the theme park.

Best Roller Coaster: Jurassic World VelociCoaster 

Jurassic World VelociCoaster | Islands of Adventure

Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal Islands of Adventure has once again been named the world’s best roller coaster by Theme Park Insider. Jurassic World VelociCoaster is the fastest and tallest launch coaster in Florida. At the very start of the ride, guests will launch 70mph in just 2.4 seconds through the Raptor paddock, barely missing the Raptors and being way too close for comfort.  

For Jurassic junkies, don’t forget to check out Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando Resort and Jurassic World at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Best Theme Park: Universal Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of Adventure

Since the inception of the Theme Park Insider awards, Universal Islands of Adventure has won this top award nine times. At Universal Islands of Adventure, fans can take an unforgettable journey as the world’s most cutting-edge rides, shows and interactive attractions bring your favorite stories, myths, cartoons, comic books and children’s tales to life. 

From creating exciting attractions and immersive experiences to entirely new theme parks and resorts, Universal Destinations & Experiences is building for the future and fueling growth across the globe.  Click here to see some of the most highly anticipated projects that Universal Destinations & Experiences delivered in 2023.