This guy, with a 52-inch waist, “fitted no problem” on Universal’s new Mario Kart ride — how he did it — Orange County Register

I drove Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge with a big guy with a 52-inch waist, who said he had “no problem” fitting into the new attraction, which Universal Studios Hollywood warns may run out of drivers with anymore can accommodate a 40 inch waist – Here’s how he did it.

The media has been awash with stories about the 40-inch belt limit in Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge, which officially debuts on Friday February 17th at Super Nintendo World at the Hollywood Movie Theme Park.

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Universal employees share four tips for drivers with larger waists looking to race the new Mario Kart augmented reality Dark Ride.

1) Use the test seat

A test seat in a secluded corner near the entrance to the attraction lets riders see if they can fit in Bowser’s Challenge seats. A light on the extendable lap bar glows amber if you don’t fit and green if you do. Your ability to fit in Bowser’s Challenge seats is based on your body measurements.

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2) Sit in the back row

The back row of the Mario Kart ride has more legroom than the front row. Height can be just as important to the new ride as weight. Taller, narrow-waisted riders may find that their longer legs will not fit under the Bowser’s Challenge lap bars. The test seat near the entrance replicates the legroom of the front row of the ride.

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3) Stretch out your legs

The size of your thighs plays a key role in your ability to ride Bowser’s Challenge. As you stretch your legs, your thighs flatten and the lap bar can be lowered to the required height.

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4) Use your momentum

Use your body weight to your advantage. Pull the lap bar down while sitting on the seat. The momentum helps ensure a snug fit.

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The first Mario Kart AR Dark Ride opened in 2021 at Universal Studios Japan.

“The new Mario Kart vehicle with a 40″ waist limit is an example of how to first design for the average Japanese guest without considering the waist size of the average US guest,” Jim Shull, theme park consultant and former Walt Disney imagineer, wrote on Twitter. This guy, with a 52-inch waist, “fitted no problem” on Universal’s new Mario Kart ride — how he did it — Orange County Register

Adam Bradshaw

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