Largest Indoor Theme Park in North America Coming To Meadowlands NJ
North America’s largest indoor theme park is coming to American Dream Meadowlands Complex in Rutherford, N.J. with five major themed areas including a Nickelodeon park, LEGOLAND, and DreamWorks area.
The mega-mall developer, Triple Five, has teamed up with Nickelodeon to create a second Nickelodeon Universe theme park inside the American Dream Meadowlands facility in New Jersey. Triple Five and Nickelodeon have worked together before, opening a Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of American in Minnesota, another Triple Five property.
Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream will cover 8.5 acres at New Jersey’s massive shopping and recreation complex and will become the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere. Its rides and attractions will be based on Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Fairly Odd Parents, and the Monster Machines.
More specific attractions at Nickelodeon Universe are said to include the Fairly Odd Coaster, Diego’s Rescue Rider, and Shredder’s Mutant Masher, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ride.
“Based on the success we have seen with Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America we are excited to bring the number one entertainment brand for kids to American Dream,” Triple Five President Don Ghermezian said in a statement.
American Dream Complex covers about 3 million square feet and has already signed up tenants including Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. Aside from the indoor amusement and theme parks, the complex will include New Jersey’s first Sea Life aquarium with a tropical ocean tank and a walk-through underwater tunnel. There will also be a 300-foot-tall observation wheel, a 12-story indoor ski and snow park with an 800-foot-long hill, an ice rink, a miniature golf course, and a food court with 15-restaurants and 50 quick serve options.
The company also previously announced a partnership with DreamWorks on a water park at American Dream featuring characters from films like “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Kung Fu Panda.” It’s worth noting that the DreamWorks Animation films and characters are now owned by NBCUniversal.
A small Legoland Discovery Center area will be designed for kids ages 3 to 10 and include a 4D cinema, and a Lego brick pool. Adults will be able to have some fun too with features like a 22,000 square foot adult arcade, a bowling alley, craft beers, live music performances and of course amusement rides. Kids and adults can both up their Lego game by taking signature lego building classes!
Tickets for the park are said to be available in a variety of options from single rides to annual passes.
American Dream Meadowlands was originally supposed to open in summer 2017, but the date has since been pushed back to 2018 because of issues financing the project. Triple Five hopes to secure $2.7 billion in financing, including $1.15 billion in public bonds, by the end of September to resume construction on the long-delayed project. The site has been idle since April, when the developer ran into trouble funding the work.
Rumors of this project started under the name Xanadu as far back as 2002, so we are excited to finally hear about some progress. As with all major projects like this, anything could be added, removed, delayed, etc during the construction phases. So we will have to wait and see what happens. Follow along on our socials to get the latest updates!
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