If you’re heading to Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Super Nintendo World and are concerned about crowds, a new ticket add-on will give you a head start on other guests.
For an extra $20 to $25 (depending on the date), the Super Nintendo World early access ticket gets you into the land one hour ahead of the official park opening time. You’ll still need a separate park admission for the same date.
This does complicate park planning for people who don’t want to pay for early access, as there will be guests already in the land by the time you rush down to the Lower Lot when the park officially opens. However, early access ticketholders will have an incentive to leave the land, as their purchase includes a one-time Express pass to the Studio Tour that is only good until 11 a.m.
The early access tickets are now available for visits starting Feb. 18 — the day after Super Nintendo World holds its grand opening. At the time this is being published, it’s not being offered past the end of April, though Universal could extend the add-on if there’s demand.
Universal already has one crowd management strategy in place for Super Nintendo World with a virtual queue system that can be used if the land is close to capacity.
The land was indeed jammed during its first annual passholder previews on Jan. 29. It was so busy that Universal is offering passholders who attended that preview to come back on Feb. 6 because, as the park stated in its email, “we know that not all guests were able to experience the land as expected.”