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Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates 4th of July by extending its Independence Day festivities throughout the weekend from Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4, inclusive of dazzling nightly fireworks displays, live music performances, specially themed décor and more, all included in the price of admission to the theme park.

From the moment guests walk along the iconic red carpet and enter the theme park, they will be immersed in July 4thfestivities from themed décor to the sounds of a fife and drum band. Then, beginning nightly at 9:00 p.m., an elaborate fireworks display will splash across the sky, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites from two locations inside of the theme park.

Universal Studios Hollywood continues to provide endless entertainment with one-of-a-kind blockbuster attractions; from the “Jurassic World—The Ride” mega-attraction inspired by the JURASSIC WORLD film series and featuring a stunningly realistic and fully articulating dinosaur, the Indominus rex, to becoming a stray puppy looking to be adopted on Illumination’s award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” ride and getting swept up in the excitement as you enroll in Minion training with Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous Minions on Illumination’s Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.”

The non-stop excitement continues as guests visit Springfield, U.S.A. and “The Simpsons Ride,” take a behind-the-scenes look at an authentic working movie and television production studio along the world-famous Studio Tour, which now features several electric trams, or experience heart-pounding thrills on Transformers™:  The Ride-3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride.” 

Adding to the summer fun, guests can delight in the popular return of The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” featuring an incredible light projection experience, while they enjoy the magical land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.” The program runs nightly through Sunday, August 14.

Universal Orlando Resort is also celebrating with special in-park activities on Monday, July 4 including live music, meet and greets with favorite characters, themed performers and an exciting pyrotechnics display. 

More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF SHARKFEST BEGINNING JULY 10 WITH MORE ACTION-PACKED SHARK PROGRAMMING ACROSS MORE PLATFORMS THAN EVER BEFORE!

NEARLY 30 HOURS OF NEW, EPIC PROGRAMMING AND OVER 60 HOURS OF ENHANCED CONTENT WILL SPAN FOUR WEEKS ACROSS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, NAT GEO WILD, NAT GEO MUNDO AND ON DISNEY+, HULU, DISNEY XD, ABC AND ESPN

SHARKFEST Kicks Off the Week of July 10 with Premieres Across National Geographic and Disney+ Special Network Airing of Highest-Rated SHARKFEST Special Ever — SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH — on ABC July 13 Nat Geo Continues to Shine a Light on New and Exciting Shark Science With Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS) Partnership
 

This summer, SHARKFEST makes a splash to celebrate a decade of the toothiest and truthiest shark content with the most immersive and massive programming experience to date. The only shark event that proves truth is stranger than fiction will take viewers up close and personal with one of nature’s most feared predators as it swims across more Disney platforms than EVER BEFORE. 

Viewers can sink their teeth into almost 30 hours of original programming and over 60 hours of enhanced content featuring captivating science and stunning visuals of the iconic apex predator. SHARKFEST not only shines a light on the science of sharks, giving audiences a better understanding of the ocean’s most misunderstood predator but also features their true beauty, power and mystery.

For the first time ever, the 10th annual SHARKFEST programming extravaganza can be enjoyed across Disney platforms, including Disney+, Hulu, ABC and ESPN, in addition to National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO, offering a deep dive experience for new viewers and existing SHARKFEST fans alike.

Beginning July 10, EVERY SHARKFEST premiere will be available on Disney+ as they rollout across a myriad of linear networks over the course of the weeks-long event. The best-of SHARKFESTspecials and series throughout the years will also be available on Hulu that day.

This year’s lineup offers a treasure trove of new original content that dives into details on over 15 different shark species and features footage from all over the world, including the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Australia, Hawaii, South Africa, The Maldives, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida and more.

SHARKFEST is the must-sea shark event of the year and sheds light on one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. What makes this year’s fin-tastic lineup so special and unlike any week-long event is the devotion to factual science paired with the stunning visuals captured by some of the best ocean videographers in the business. 

This year’s SHARKFEST will make waves with something for everyone — from shark novices to shark stans with content across platforms — including the broadcast premiere of SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH on ABC, kid-friendly programming on Disney XD that includes CAMO SHARKS and MAUI SHARK MYSTERY, and the best of SHARKFEST specials on Hulu. 

ESPN is also diving into the fun with the premiere of the ultimate species competition special, GAME OF SHARKS and GREAT WHITE VS. TIGER SHARK. ABC OTV is getting a bite of the action with premieres of the most jaw-dropping specials of the past 10 years in July and August. More accessible than ever, an all-new FAST Channel will have over 80 jaw-dropping episodes available on the ABC app.

National Geographic has also partnered with Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS) to encourage diversity and inclusion in the shark sciences field and inspire the next generation of scientists. This collaboration lends MISS experts — such as Candace Fields, a Ph.D. student studying the population dynamics and geographic population structure of large predators; Carlee Jackson, marine biologist, sea turtle conservationist and shark expert; and Jasmin Graham, who specializes in elasmobranch ecology and evolution — as on-screen talent for this year’s SHARKFEST, as well as consultants for programming and development of shows. 
The scientists and sharks have always been and continue to be the stars of SHARKFEST. 

Our featured shark experts include the following: 
  • Candace Fields, a Ph.D. student studying the population dynamics and geographic population structure of large predators 
  • Carlee Jackson, a marine biologist, sea turtle conservationist and shark expert who is championing diversity in the world of science
  • Jasmin Graham specializes in elasmobranch ecology and evolution. She is the project coordinator for the MarSci-LACE project, which is focused on researching and promoting best practices to recruit, support and retain minority students in marine science 
  • Alison Towner is a senior white shark biologist and Ph.D. student examining driving factors of movement in white sharks
  • Gibbs Kuguru, a Kenyan shark scientist who works with great whites and studies the DNA of sharks
  • Dr. Mike Heithaus, the executive dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) and professor in the department of biological sciences at Florida International University (FIU)
  • Sara Casareto, a graduate student at Florida International University, working on her doctorate focusing on shark biology and behavior
  • Melissa Cristina Marquez, a Puerto Rican marine biologist and science communicator studying chondrichthyan fishes, such as great white sharks
  • Ryan Johnson, a marine biologist and world-famous documentary host

Highlights from this year’s SHARKFEST lineup are below. Dates are subject to change.

CAMO SHARKS
National Geographic — Premieres July 10 at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 1 at 9/8c
Disney XD — July 16 at 10/9c
Can sharks change color at will to enhance their predatory abilities? Through groundbreaking experiments, revered shark biologists answer this evolutionary question. Shark scientists Dr. Ryan Johnson and Ph.D. candidate Gibbs Kuguru hope to capture real-time pigmentation changes to understand how these apex ocean predators manipulate their skin’s dermal cells to activate camouflage.

BACKYARD BULL SHARKS 
National Geographic — Premieres July 10 at 11/10c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 6 at 6/5c
Bull sharks are invading in a big way. Their bullish behavior in oceans worldwide has made them famous from coast to coast. The seven seas aren’t enough; they’re taking over brackish waters and rivers too! Warmer waters due to climate change mean bull sharks can expand their range even further … so the more we learn about them now, the better.

SHARKS VS. THE WORLD
National Geographic — Premieres July 11 at 7/6c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 5 at 10/9c
Ever feel like the world is working against you? Try being a shark! These predators of the deep have some serious beef with just about everyone. Whales, tuna, surfers, swimmers, they’re at odds with them all. In face-off after face-off, sharks prove they are the ULTIMATE survivors. 

WHEN SHARKS ATTACK (Six-Episode Series)
National Geographic — Premieres July 11 at 8/7c, with new episodes each night
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 1 at 7/6c
Shark attacks seem to be on the rise in North America and beyond! But what’s causing the alarming uptick in human and shark encounters? Scientists investigate first-hand accounts, uncovering clues and details that will unravel the mystery behind the terrifying shark attack spike. The answers will impact beachgoers around the globe.
 
SKY SHARKS
National Geographic — Premieres July 11 at 9/8c
Disney XD — July 16 at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 2 at 9/8c
If you go down to the beach today, you could get a big surprise! Drones are revolutionizing everything that we thought we knew about sharks. And the biggest surprise? That many sharks live closer to our shores than we might like to imagine. It’s time to look behind you; the ocean’s top predator could be much closer than you think! 

GAME OF SHARKS 
ESPN — Premieres July 11 at 9/8c
National Geographic — July 15 at 10/9c
It’s time for sharks to face off in the ultimate species competition with the greatest matchups the ocean has ever seen. In ten nail-biting competitions, we’ll prove once and for all which shark is the MVP of the open sea. The great white is favored, but can it beat the shortfin mako in the 100-meter dash? Or out-jump the thresher shark? Can it keep up with the appetite of the whale shark? An underdog might just swim into first place! 

MAUI SHARK MYSTERY
National Geographic — Premieres July 11 at 10/9c
Disney XD — July 17 at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 2 at 10/9c
Every year tiger sharks gather in big numbers in Maui. What’s the cause? It’s a mystery that’s a decade in the making. Now, a team of fearless shark scientists gets hands-on with one of the ocean’s largest predators to find out. That means free diving, face-to-face and unprotected. But these young women will do whatever it takes to get the data they need to crack the case. 

GREAT WHITE VS. TIGER SHARK 
ESPN — Premieres July 11 at 10/9c
National Geographic — July 17 at 7/6c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 5 at 8/7c
Disney XD — July 31 at 9/8c
The two biggest of the BIG THREE — great whites and tiger sharks — are two of the most dangerous predators in the ocean. And they get BIG, up to 20 feet and 18 feet, respectively. But can they grow even larger than that? Where can we find the world’s biggest? Two teams of scientists are diving in to uncover the secrets of these powerful and majestic creatures.

COUNTING JAWS 
National Geographic — Premieres July 12 at 9/8c
Disney XD — July 31 at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 3 at 9/8c
Shark encounters off the coast of California are skyrocketing. Now, a team of researchers is on a mission to investigate a newly discovered white shark hot spot close to popular beaches and determine how many great whites are out there. Their expedition will bring them face-to-face with some of the biggest sharks on the planet.

SHARK SUPERPOWER
National Geographic — Premieres July 12, at 10/9c
Disney XD — July 17, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 1, at 10/9c
Two teams of experts go to extraordinary lengths to take shark science into the wild as they investigate two of the most iconic shark superpowers: speed and bite force. In California, the race is on as Andy Casagrande attempts to reveal the top speed of the world’s fastest shark. And in the Bahamas, Brocq Maxey gets much closer than most to investigate the power in a shark’s bite. 

SHARK QUEENS
National Geographic — Premieres July 13, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 4, at 9/8c
In the animal kingdom, males are often presumed to be the most dominant. But in the ocean, does this presumption hold water? Scientists search for answers to understand if the biggest and baddest sharks of them all are female. From the great white sharks of South Africa to the tiger sharks in the Maldives, the team seeks to uncover the ultimate rulers of the waves.

BABY SHARKS
National Geographic — Premieres July 13 at 10/9c
Disney XD — July 24 at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 7 at 8/7c
Even the biggest, fastest and fiercest predators start as babies. Baby sharks are cute, but they need to grow up fast because out of more than 500 species of sharks, not one parent sticks around to help raise them. Sharks are found in every ocean across the planet and have evolved in extraordinarily different ways to carry their young and give birth and for baby sharks to thrive.

SHARK BEACH WITH CHRIS HEMSWORTH — 2021 Marquis Special 
ABC — Network Premiere July 13 at 8/7c 
National Geographic — July 21 at 10/9c
Chris Hemsworth is on a mission to uncover the science of shark behavior and discover how humans and sharks can safely coexist. After an increase in local shark attacks along the east coast of Australia, Hemsworth seeks to understand different species of sharks and their behaviors while also exploring new preventative measures and the latest technology to help stave off shark-human encounters. The special from Nutopia (“One Strange Rock”) also features underwater conservationist and legend Valerie Taylor.

CROC THAT ATE JAWS ENHANCED 
National Geographic — Premieres July 14 at 7/6c
National Geographic — July 14 at 7/6c 
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 4 at 8/7c
Around the world, crocs and gators are moving out to sea and deep into shark territory. With reports of clashes on the rise, scientists are sending cameras to investigate what happens when two of the deadliest predators on the planet match bites! Biologist and host Mike Heithaus investigates whether these predators are facing off more often than we realize and who comes out on top when they do. 

SHARK SIDE OF THE MOON
National Geographic — Premieres July 14 at 9/8c
Disney XD — July 30, at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 5, at 6/5c
The moon has an impact on animal species around the globe, but there’s never been a connection drawn between the lunar cycle and sharks. One scientist thinks the moon plays an important role in the migration and life cycle of the scalloped hammerhead, and he’s on a mission to see if his hypothesis is true. If there’s a tie between the hammerhead shark and the moon, there could be a tie with other shark species as well ... with a profound impact on both shark science andconservation.

SHARKS THAT EAT EVERYTHING
National Geographic — Premieres July 14, at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 4, at 10/9c
Dive into the jaw-dropping stories of anyone and anything that’s found themselves prey to the deadliest, toothiest terrors of the sea. The boundless hunger and curiosity of sharks can lead them to chow down on the most unexpected things, such as big game like hippos and crocs or inanimate objects like kayaks, cages and chicken coops.

PLANET SHARK (Three-Episode Series)
National Geographic — Premieres July 16 at 8/7c
Sharks are one of the oldest and most successful hunters to have ever lived. With more than 500 species, sharks dominate every corner of the ocean. What is it about these extraordinary animals that make them so successful? For the first time, scientists are unlocking the secrets of sharks. Featuring newly discovered species, locations and behavior, PLANET SHARK combines stunning 4K archive footage with original content from the world’s leading shark scientists to take a timely and in-depth look at the greatest predator on Earth.

JAWS VS. BOATS 
National Geographic — Premieres July 17 at 8/7c
Disney XD — July 23 at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 5 at 9/8c
All across YouTube, viral videos abound of great whites and other sharks attacking boats with a ferocity and anger that has never been seen before. The question is, why? Is this simply a case of more people having cameras to video the behavior, or is something else happening? Dr. Mike Heithaus and Ph.D. candidate Sara Casareto set out to investigate what’s causing this clash between sharks and boats.

SHARK ATTACK FILES (Eight-Episode Series)
National Geographic — Premieres July 18 with two episodes at 8/7c and 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 7 at 6/5c
Scientists use cutting-edge technology to investigate startling new theories about the world’s most dramatic shark attacks. Why are sharks drawn to shipwrecks? Are sharks entering urban environments? Are pregnant sharks more likely to kill? Can humans outsmart sharks? Why do sharks prefer to attack men? New footage, survivor accounts and hands-on testing drive us toward stunning conclusions.
 
WORLD’S BIGGEST HAMMERHEAD?
National Geographic — Premieres July 18 at 10/9c
Disney XD — July 24 at 9/8c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 3 at 10/9c
Numerous reports of giant great hammerhead sharks, up to twenty feet in length, have put the actual size potential of this species into question. A team of scientists from Florida International University is now on an expedition off the Florida coast to try and find the world’s biggest hammerhead, taking them from the numerous bridges of the Florida Keys to the sharky waters of the Bahamas.

JAWS INVASION
National Geographic — Premieres July 19 at 10/9c
Disney XD — July 30 at 10/9c
Nat Geo WILD — Aug. 6 at 7/6c
Big and dangerous predators are invading unexpected waters, from golf courses and swimming pools to lakes and backyard keys. Through analyzing user-generated footage, shark experts get to the bottom of how and why sharks seem more willing than ever to meet us on our own turf. In a bizarre twist, people encountering sharks in unexpected places are called to urgent action. 

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BRING HOME DREAMWORKS’ NEW ANIMATED COMEDY IN A SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITION FEATURING AN ALL-NEW ORIGINAL SHORT, DELETED SCENES AND FUN-FILLED BONUS CONTENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

THE BAD GUYS

ON DIGITAL, 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTMAND DVD JUNE 21, 2022 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Follow the most notorious criminals in the world and find out if they can pull off their biggest job yet – going good – in DreamWorks Animation’s THE BAD GUYS, a hilarious high octane family adventure that is sure to bring the entire family together for non-stop action and laughs. Showcasing a brand-new crew of lovable and edgy characters bursting with personality, the film embraces individuality with each character’s unique skillset, ranging from hacking and disguise to muscle and drive. Available to own on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on June 21, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, THE BAD GUYSCollector’s Edition showcases an all-new original short and comes filled with never-before-seen bonus features including deleted scenes, exclusive interviews with cast and crew, Mr. Snake’s frozen pops recipes, character drawing tutorials and more, offering endless fun and sure to get the entire family into ‘summer’ mode.
 
Featuring sleek stylized animation, the family action-comedy boasts a star-studded voice cast featuring Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Marc Maron (“GLOW”), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), Anthony Ramos (In The Heights), and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as the bad guys, alongside co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lily Singh (Bad Moms), Emmy® winner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and Richard Ayoade (Paddington 2). THE BAD GUYS is directed by Pierre Perifel (Kung Fu Panda films) and produced by Damon Ross (Trolls) and Rebecca Huntley (The Boss Baby) from a screenplay by Etan Cohen (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa).
 
Never have there been five friends as infamous as THE BAD GUYS—Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula. After years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught. Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to keep them out of prison and the Bad Guys set out to fool the world into believing they’ve gone good. Packed with huge laughs and edgy action, being bad has never been so fun in this action-comedy from DreamWorks Animation.
 
THE BAD GUYS is based on the Scholastic children’s graphic novels by Aaron Blabey that earned a spot on theNew York Times bestselling list for more than 100 weeks and have sold a combined total of more than 1 million copies to-date.
 
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON DIGITAL, 4K UHD, BLU-RAYTM AND DVD:
  • ALL-NEW ORIGINAL SHORT “MARASCHINO RUBY” - In this original DreamWorks animated short, The Bad Guys are at it again, but not in the way you think. They’ve gone good! Find out what happens to the team after they go rogue in this sweet original short.
  • DELETED SCENES
  • Original opening
  • Snake Attack
  • Extra Secret Base Tour
  • You Can’t Fake Good
  • Post Credits: Scientist Button
  • DEVISE THE PLAN: MAKING THE BAD GUYS– From book to storyboard to the silver screen, join the cast and filmmakers as they devise how to bringThe Bad Guys to life.
  • ASSEMBLE THE CREW – Go face to face with the voices behind our favorite animated bad guys – Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula & Mr. Piranha.
  • IT’S SHOWTIME: CAST TABLE READ –Teamwork is the ultimate ingredient in pulling off a job without a hitch. now that they’ve agreed on the plan, it’s time to bring the cast of The Bad Guystogether for their first table read.
  • SNAKE’S FROZEN POP SHOP – Want to learn how to make your own version of Mr. Snake’s favorite frozen pops? With these easy recipes, you’ll be on your way to chill-ville in no time. Want to go the extra mile? Create your own frozen pop disguises.
  • FROM THE DRAWING ROOM – Learn step by step from The Bad Guys head of story, Nelson Yokota, how you can create your very own storyboard and draw the film’s main characters
  • How To Storyboard
  • How To Draw Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula, Mr. Piranha
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY – Feature Commentary with Director Pierre Perifel, Producer Damon Ross, Head of Story Nelson Yokota, Head of Character Animation JP Sans, and Production Designer Luc Desmarchelier.
 
THE BAD GUYS will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital.
  • 4K Ultra HD delivers the ultimate movie watching experience. Featuring the combination of 4K resolution, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app thatsimplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVD disc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit moviesanywhere.com.
 


For more information on THE BAD GUYS, please visit: 
Website: uphe.com/movies/the-bad-guys
Facebook: @TheBadGuysMovie
Twitter: @DreamWorks
Instagram: @BadGuysMovie
Hashtag: #TheBadGuysMovie
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Guests Are Invited to Stay Late for Special Entertainment and Wildlife Experiences, June 3Sept. 5

The San Diego Zoo invites visitors to join in the fun of Nighttime Zoo, a summertime experience that offers guests the chance to explore the Zoo at night, when it’s usually closed to the public. From June 3 through Sept. 5, the Zoo will be open late and filled with live entertainment from a variety of artists, special summer treats, and an opportunity to see wildlife from a different perspective. At every turn, Zoo-goers will be enchanted by musical performers, dancers, acrobats, and crowd favorite Dr. Zoolittle, among others. 

Nighttime Zoo has long been a favorite summer event, but this year it starts even earlier—meaning the Zoo will be open late for 94 adventure-filled nights! ​Nighttime Zoo also provides explorers of all ages the chance to see the new Denny Sanford Wildlife Explorers Basecamp like never before. This 3.2-acre environment blends immersive technology with opportunities to check out extraordinary wildlife species, and it’s designed to serve as a launch pad for budding conservationists. Wildlife Explorers Basecamp is divided into four types of habitats and features the wildlife that live in these areas—Rainforest, Wild Woods, Marsh Meadows and Desert Dunes. For the first time ever, Nighttime Zoo visitors will get to see their favorite nocturnal wildlife from each habitat when they’re most active, including caimans, an ocelot, a tamandua, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, scorpions, a coconut crab, fennec foxes, and more!

With each visit during Nighttime Zoo this summer, wildlife allies will help support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in its mission to save wildlife worldwide and help create a world where all life thrives.
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Opening in Early 2023 as Guests and Fans Eagerly Await the Arrival of the Theme Park’s All-New Immersive Land 

Inspired by the Popular MARIO KART™ Video Game Series and Featuring Cutting-Edge Augmented Reality, this All-New Technologically-Advanced Ride Raises the Bar on Interactive Theme Park Attractions

Click Here for a Sneak Peek of the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” Ride

When “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” opens in SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood in early 2023, guests and fans will find themselves immersed in one of the world’s largest, most interactive rides they have ever experienced. It seamlessly fuses augmented reality with projection mapping technology and actual set pieces along a moving ride track to debut a ride that’s unparalleled anywhere within the theme park industry.

The highly-anticipated opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood represents the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to debut in the United States, designed to transport theme park guests and Nintendo® fans into the world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to be part of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Guests will access SUPER NINTENDO WORLD via the iconic Warp Pipe to enter the land where they will find the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride located within Bowser’s Castle.

This innovative achievement will propel guests into a multi-dimensional experience that recreates iconic environments from the Mario Kart games and where no two races are alike. “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is also one of the most complex rides ever built within the entertainment industry.

The sophisticated ride is a multi-sensory cornucopia of color, sound and movement that invites guests to navigate familiar environs through the creative use and integration of head mounted augmented reality (AR) goggles—a key point of differentiation that distinguishes this ride from other theme park attractions. 

From the depths of the dungeon within Bowser’s Castle, guests will climb aboard stadium-style, four-seat Mario Kart vehicles inspired by the video game, put on their AR goggles …and then with a 3-2-1 GO! signal from Lakitu, they will be off to the races.

The premise is simple but equally inspiring and challenging and will appeal to guests of all ages regardless of gaming experience. As part of Team Mario, guests will steer through courses underwater and in the clouds to compete for the Golden Cup while collecting coins to defeat Team Bowser and win.
Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” raises the stakes for guests as an intriguing and repeatable ride with a variety of outcomes.


SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is conceived in partnership with Nintendo and the visionaries at Universal Creative to deliver exhilarating entertainment with innovative technological achievements inspired by characters and video games that have appealed to Nintendo fans for generations.
The immersive land will be a visual spectacle of vibrant colors and architectural ingenuity located within a newly expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood that will feature the groundbreaking ride, “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge,” and interactive areas, to be enjoyed by the whole family, along with themed shopping and dining to enhance the entire experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood and guests continue the countdown to the land’s early 2023 opening with the Feature Presentation retail store, well stocked with SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merchandise such as Mario and Luigi themed apparel and iconic character hats and a selection of plush characters, including Mario, LuigiYoshi and Bowser.

More information and details will be shared soon. In the meantime, guests can visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for theme park updates. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s 50-year History of Wildlife Conservation to be Celebrated with a Float in the 134th Rose Parade Presented by Honda

(Info from press release) Giraffes, Rhinos and Wildlife Safari Truck Represent the Safari Park’s Ability to Connect People to Wildlife and ...