A Mario Kart-inspired Race Track Is Coming to Niagara Falls
Get ready to have all your childhood dreams come true: a Mario Kart-style racetrack is opening at Niagara Falls.
Drivers on the multi-level track, dubbed the “Niagara Speedway,” will steer up a spiral 40 feet into the air before heading back down an undulated track and making a sharp turn onto a formula racing-style track.
Though it has no affiliation with Mario Kart, fans of the popular Nintendo game will feel like they’re in a real-life version as they race through a series of twists, turns, and bumps on the thrilling Niagara Speedway.
The elevated coaster is the first of its kind in Canada, according to HOCO marketing director Joel Noden, and the biggest of its kind in North America, spanning one-third of a mile.
The track is part of a larger project the company started construction on back in 2015, with the goal of providing more entertainment options to travelers heading to Niagara Falls.
The new attractions will be located where a Comfort Inn once stood.
“We looked at it and thought, really, there’s no shortage of hotels in the Niagara Falls, but we thought there was a shortage of things to do once you’re done with the falls, “ Noden told Travel + Leisure.
Now, in addition to the track, visitors can look forward to a 4-D motion-theater zombie attack ride that puts them in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and a new arcade filled with 400 games.
They’ll also find a renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum and a second arcade with 150 additional games.
The space is home to the Niagara SkyWheel, Canada’s largest observation wheel standing 175 feet tall, and the Dinosaur Adventure Golf park, Canada’s largest mini-golf attraction featuring a replica of a live volcano.
Construction on the track is expected to be completed this fall, and HOCO hopes to open the attraction to the public by April 2018, weather permitting.