Pokémon And Mario Will Lead Upcoming ‘Unlimited Parade’ At Universal Studios Japan
Parades are fast becoming a mainstay of theme park culture. What once started as a chance to see Mickey Mouse and a trumpet guy strolling along a street has turned into a huge attraction with elaborate floats, dances and *creepy* Audience participation. Now, Universal Studios Japan is starting to advertise heavily and will bring Mario and various Pokémon on the trip.
We’ve known for a long time that Pokémon will have some join Universal Studios Japan, although we’re not sure exactly what this will entail. Well, it looks like the franchise will be one of the top attractions in the park’s upcoming ‘Unlimited Parade’ which will premiere on March 1, 2023.
The news was announced on Twitter, with the following summary provided by @tdrexplorer:
The park has also released an official trailer for the event which can be found at the top of this article. We’d say it pretty well showcased the content of the parade, offering glimpses of the parade. Mario Kart and Pokémon hovering with bubbles, music and dance take center stage. The Pokémon Float will feature a smoke-breathing and flapping Charizard as well as a dancing Pikachu (the best kind of Pikachu). The Mario float, on the other hand, was modeled after the Rainbow Road and saw a bunch of Mushroom Kingdom regulars running up and waving to the crowd.
The Unlimited Parade will be the first parade the park has seen since all events were halted during the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are currently no such restrictions in place in Hollywood or Florida (the future locations of the two upcoming Super Nintendo Worlds), it remains unclear whether the parade will cross the continent and become a mainstay of the franchise. Universal Studios experience or not.