This is a wonderfully faster-paced, speed-run level with lots of invulnerability stars that make it conducive to simply living fast-and-dangerous and having a great time.
My ignorance of Mario lore is evident in this level, as I assumed that ‘Lakitu’ was the little dude dropping things from his cloud in the sky, and it turns out I was right – thanks to a quick search, I found this article from the Mario Wiki:
“Lakitus are Koopas who ride clouds through the skies, mostly dropping Spiny Eggs on the ground or near the player. When they are defeated, their clouds can be ridden for a short amount of time.”
The more you know …