Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opens to the Public

Originally published: Friday, October 25, 2019

AMERICAN DREAM UNVEILS NICKELODEON UNIVERSE AND THE RINK

A Fall Festival will also take place throughout the property until November 3


Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com

East Rutherford, New Jersey, Oct. 25, 2019 -- Today marks the official opening of American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere, and The Rink – an NHL-size ice skating and hockey facility, opened to guests, marking the first chapter in the revolutionary destination’s opening.

Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream and President of Triple Five, and Ken Downing, Chief Creative Officer of Triple Five greeted guests as they descended the stairs into Nickelodeon Universe. They were joined by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The crowd of over 2500 was entertained by a host of Nickelodeon characters including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer and the Clifton Mustang Marching Band surprised and delighted guests in a parade through the park led by SpongeBob Square Pants.

Inside, guests enjoyed 35+ rides, rollercoasters and attractions. Between the shrieks of guests plunging down the world’s steepest roller coaster, the Shellraiser, and the nervous laughter of children meeting their Nickelodeon BFFs for the first time, the park was full of excitement and joy.

Nickelodeon Universe tickets are sold out through opening weekend. Special preview tickets are available at www.americandream.com from October 28 – November 7, 2019. Ticket prices are $39.99 for General Access and $49.99 for All Access. Children 2 and under enter the park for free.

Steps away from Nickelodeon Universe, guests enjoyed indoor ice skating at The Rink – one of the few NHL-size skating and hockey rinks in the region. Adjacent to The Rink, is a window into DreamWorks Water Park, allowing guests a sneak peek at the progress of the second chapter of American Dream’s opening.

In addition to Nickelodeon Universe and The Rink, there is an interactive Fall Festival happening throughout the property, bringing together some of the region’s most unique and exciting seasonal offerings, including a hay maze, pumpkin patch and more autumn fun. The Fall Festival will run through November 3 and is open to the public.

For more information about ticket pricing and hours, please visit www.americandream.com

Complete list of Nickelodeon Universe rides and attractions:


  • Aang’s Air Gliders - Hold on tight as you soar and spin like an Airbender! After your flight you can snap a photo with Appa, Aang’s sky bison.
  • Blaze’s Monster Truck Rally - Rev up and roll out with Blaze and his friends for an epic race in the Monster Dome.
  • Blue’s Skidoo - Blue Skidoo, you can too! Make Blue and Magenta soar up, down, and all around! Then, sit down in the Thinking Chair to think… think… think with a little help from your good friend Blue.
  • Dora’s Sky Railway - ¡Todos a bordo! Join Dora for a trip aboard her little blue train friend, Azul. First, a hot air balloon floats you up to the rail station in the clouds. Then you’ll board Azul for a sky-high journey featuring scenic views of the park from the elevated tracks.
  • Timmy’s Half Pipe Havoc - Take a not-so-ordinary spin on the halfpipe with Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda. This giant skateboard ride provides the ultimate in airtime!
  • Fairly OddAirways - When Timmy wishes to become a pilot, you get to go along for the ride! With the wave of a wand, you’re ready for takeoff. This thrilling flight through the clouds is a wish come true for the whole family.
  • Invader Zim’s Flip & Spin... OF DOOM! - You’ve been recruited to battle aboard planet Irk’s latest militarized spacecraft. Aid in Zim’s invasion as you flip, spin, and bump into unsuspecting humans.
  • Jimmy Neutron’s Atom Smasher - Jimmy Neutron needs your help to supercharge his latest invention. You control the level of thrill from gentle cruise to a topsy-turvy tumble … all in the name of science!
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple Challenge - Olmec challenges all to scale to breathtaking heights in the world’s tallest adventure ropes course. How high will you climb to reach the Shrine of the Silver Monkey? The choices are yours and yours alone!
  • Nickelodeon Skyline Scream - The spectacular Skyline Scream is the world’s tallest indoor spinning drop tower. It’s a scenic, scream-filled thrill ride with mesmerizing views of Nickelodeon Universe and the dazzling cityscape of Manhattan!
  • Nickelodeon Slime Streak - As this coaster streaks along a twisting, turning track through Nickelodeon Universe, it leaves nothing but a Slime streak of screams in its wake.
  • PAW Patrol Adventure Bay - Get on a roll with the PAW Patrol! The slides, climb structures and rescue-play activities in Adventure Bay are specially designed for the younger pups.
  • Pup Pup & Away - Join Marshall and the gang on a PAWsome Ferris wheel that’s an adventure for the whole family.
  • Ren & Stimpy’s Space Madness - Join Commander Hoëk and Cadet Stimpy on a 36-year mission to the Crab Nebula. Strap in, hold on and prepare for launch… but try to avoid the dreaded SPACE MADNESS!
  • Rugrats Reptar Go-Round - Hop on Reptar’s back or take a spin in a giant sippy cup on this double-decker, all-ages merry-go-round.
  • Shimmer & Shine Jumping Genies - Climb onto your very own magic carpet as you take a genie-rific ride through the skies of Zahramay Falls.
  • SpongeBob’s Jellyfish Jam - Whirl and swirl through Jellyfish Fields in this thrilling family swing ride.
  • Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express - Board the Crosstown Express Bus to go spinning and reeling through the streets of Bikini Bottom.
  • Sandy’s Blasting Bronco - Yeehaw! Sandy, our favorite Texan squirrel, and mechanic Patrick have built an out-of-control coaster contraption. Saddle up as it blasts you forward, backwards, up, down and even upside-down!
  • The Shellraiser (world’s steepest roller coaster) - Help the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battle the villainous Shredder. First snap a pic with the Turtles in the Shellraiser, then prepare to LAUNCH onto the streets of New York City. This coaster holds the record for the world’s steepest drop. Booyakasha!
  • Kraang Prime Pandemonium! - Kraang Prime has the innocent citizens of New York in her clutches. Can you endure swinging back and forth in her giant, slimy tentacles?
  • The Shredder (world’s tallest and longest spinning coaster) - Join the Foot Clan as Shredder leads a massive attack against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You’ll hang on for dear life aboard the world’s tallest and longest free-spinning coaster traversing hairpin turns, plummeting spirals and speeding spins.

Be on the lookout for future announcements around American Dream’s next chapters during the holiday season and into Spring 2020:

  • November 27, 2019 – Make a Splash: DreamWorks Water Park Opens
  • December 5, 2019 – Every Day is a Snow Day: Big SNOW American Dream Opens
  • March 2020 – In Grand Style: Over 450+ retail, food, and entertainment offerings join the property

Update - 10/28: Although it's just opened, it seems that the cost of tickets to access the park will be increasing soon.

The current rate (for five hours access to the park) is a special preview admission price that was originally supposed to end November 7, but according to American Dream’s website it will last until November 15. Then, the price you will pay will get you into the park for the full day.

The price for All Access — recommended for individuals over 48 inches who want to ride the most thrilling rides — will be $79.99. General access for individuals under 48 inches or who will skip the most thrilling rides will be $59.99.

That’s a $30 jump from the current rates of $49.99 for All Access and $39.99 for General Access. But the admissions now are sold for specific blocks of time, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The prices don't include parking charges.

Admission for Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream is now available to purchase online at americandream.com through December 30.

Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream also had its first celebrity guest: Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill posted videos of himself taking in the mall for the first time to his Instagram story Sunday. It’s fitting considering Meek Mill’s best known projects incorporate the word “dream” in some way (Dreams And Nightmares, Dreamchasers and Dreams Worth More Than Money).

In some of the video clips, which usually expire after 24 hours, the “Going Bad" rapper shows off some of the new rides at the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park.

It looks like he even got a tour of the indoor ski park — which isn’t open to the public yet.

When asked by someone off-camera what he thinks of American Dream, Meek Mill responds: “It’s a dream. It’s fire.”

A blogger named OooLala Blog posted Meek Mill’s Instagram story on YouTube.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day Photo Gallery:


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Don Ghermezian, Patrick Star and SpongeBob SquarePants at Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Don Ghermezian at Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Ken Downing at Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Angela Pham/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day; Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com.

ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM

American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, will provide customers with an entirely unique experience. The property offers a curated mix of unparalleled entertainment, retail and dining options - all in one location. For more information, visit www.americandream.com or follow us on Instagram @americandream.

@americandream #wearetheamericandream

Update (11/5) - From nj.com:

Prices are going up at the new Nickelodeon Universe, but there’s some good news

Prices at Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream are scheduled to increase next week, jumping $20 to $30 to $79.99 and $59.99 at its peak for a day’s worth of fun with Sponge Bob and the Ninja Turtles.

We actually reported this last week. But we just learned something else. And it’s good news!

Hidden in the Help Center on American Dream’s website is an article about Nickelodeon Universe pricing and it says the park will have different weekday and weekend rates.

Rejoice, bargain hunters. According to American Dream’s website the rates will be:

WEEKDAYS:

All Access: $59.99 - recommended for those 48”+ who want to ride everything

General Access: $49.99 - recommended for individuals under 48” who don’t want access to the biggest rides

Free Access: Children 2 years and younger

WEEKENDS:

All Access: $79.99

General Access: $59.99

Free Access: Children 2 years and younger

NJ Advance Media reached out to a spokesperson for American Dream who confirmed these rates.

The weekend/weekday rates start Friday, November 15. And weekend rates run Friday through Sunday, according to the Nickelodeon Universe ticket calendar on American Dream’s website.

Until next Friday, special preview pricing is still in effect. Every day of the week All Access tickets are $49.99 and General Access tickets are $39.99 and they’re good for the whole day.

Nickelodeon Universe is currently open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Now the question is, when will all 22 rides at the park finally be open?

The Shredder -- the world’s tallest and longest free-spinning roller coaster -- and SpongeBob’s Jellyfish Jam, a family-friendly swing ride, opened last weekend.

“All but one of our rides will be operating this weekend and we anticipate the remaining ride to be fully operational very soon,” said Dana McHugh, public relations director for American Dream.

Five rides were closed Tuesday, according to the park alerts section on the Nickelodeon Universe webpage. They are Sandy’s Blasting Bronco, Timmy’s Halfpipe Havoc, Skyline Scream, The Shellraiser and Invader Zim Flip-And-Spin.

Sandy’s Blasting Bronco, Timmy’s Halfpipe Havoc and Skyline Scream have not been working since the park opened Oct. 25.

Two of the park’s three record-setting rides remain closed. They are, Skyline Scream the world’s tallest indoor spinning drop tower, offering views of Manhattan; and the Shellraiser, which holds the record as the steepest plunge on a rollercoaster in the world. It pauses for 20 seconds at the top of a 122-foot drop, giving riders a glimpse across the Hudson River. (Governor Murphy rode this one on opening day).

Nickelodeon Universe is the largest indoor amusement park in the country. It was designed to be one-third for little kids, one-third for families and one-third for teens and adults.

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From InterGame: iGaming, Casino & Coin-Op News:

RCI hits the heights at Nickelodeon Universe


The “world’s tallest” aerial attraction, manufactured by RCI Adventure Products, is being enjoyed by guests at American Dream.

October saw the long-awaited opening of the first phase of the huge entertainment complex at the mega-mall in New Jersey, US, and as part of this initial unveiling, the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park opened its doors.

Inside is RCI’s 92ft tall Sky Trail installation, a project years in the making and involving collaboration between RCI, its licensed distributor Ride Entertainment and the developer of American Dream, Triple Five Group.

Creatively paying homage to the kid-centric world built around it, the custom six-pole, five-level Sky Trail Explorer and an integrated four-pole, three-level Sky Trail Seeker has a look centred around the 90s television game show that aired on Nickelodeon, Legends of the Hidden Temple.

“Like the classic show, adventurers suit up to climb through history and explore ancient mysteries,” said Adam Sandy, president of business development for Ride Entertainment. “As the tallest aerial attraction in the world, it makes a statement with its impressive collection of different elements.”

RCI explained that the attraction is unique in its design in that the lower portion is for explorers who are between 36-64ins tall to climb alone, while the upper section is for those 48ins and above to search without the need for parental supervision. Up to 90 participants at a time can traverse more than 50 interactive elements at their own pace and even when they reach the summit, there’s more fun to be had.

“Once at the top, participants are then able to free-fall down with a controlled descent or touch the treasure on a precarious platform,” added Sandy.

“To finally see the Sky Trail be fully realised and open to the public is highly rewarding and signifies a job well done by everyone involved,” said Jon Weston, chief sales officer for RCI. “We couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out.”

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From blooloop:

RCI Adventure Products provides 92 ft. tall Sky Trail for Nickelodeon Universe


RCI Adventure Products, a leading adventure attractions company, has provided a 92 ft. tall Sky Trail for the newly opened Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park at the American Dream mall.

RCI Adventure Products is pleased to announce that the eagerly-awaited Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park at American Dream features a huge new Sky Trail installation. The project involved collaboration between RCI Adventure Products and long-term partner Ride Entertainment, as well as American Dream developer Triple Five Group.

Designed to fit seamlessly with the kid-centric theme of the new theme park, this custom installation features a six-pole, five-level Sky Trail Explorer, and an integrated four-pole, three-level Sky Trail Seeker. The theme is the cult classic TV show Legends of the Hidden Temple which aired on Nickelodeon in the 90s.


Tallest aerial attraction in the world

“Like the classic show, adventurers suit up to climb through history and explore ancient mysteries. As the tallest aerial attraction in the world it makes a statement with its impressive collection of different elements,” says Adam Sandy, president of business development for RIDE Entertainment.

This unique attraction is designed to cater for guests of differing ages and abilities. The lower level is perfect for players between 36 and 64 inches tall to climb alone. Then, the upper levels allow those who are 48 inches tall and above to explore without parental supervision.

RCI Adventure Products

There are over 50 interactive elements inside the attraction, and it can be enjoyed by up to 90 participants. When they reach the top, players can find the treasure located on a precarious platform, before free-falling down with a controlled descent.

Long-term collaborators

“It is only fitting that American Dream opens one decade after Entertainment and RCI Adventure Products team up for their first project,” says Sandy. “In 2009, we opened a Sky Trail in the Mall of America, another Triple Five property. Ten years later, we are so excited that the world’s tallest adventure course has opened at American Dream. From the jaw-dropping height to the ability to freefall down to the ground to the beautiful views of the New York skyline, this course has it all.”

“To finally see the Sky Trail be fully realized and open to the public is highly rewarding and signifies a job well done by everyone involved,” says Jon Weston, chief sales officer for RCI. “We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

Ride Entertainment also installed two new coasters at Nickelodeon Universe, Shellraiser and Shredder. The recently rebranded RCI Adventure Products will unveil its new brand identity as well as new products at IAAPA Expo 2019.

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From https://rciadventure.com:

Sky Trail® Now Open For Guests Inside American Dream Nickelodeon Universe
Nov 06
2019
The 92 ft. tall Sky Trail® inside of the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park, a part of the larger American Dream mall and entertainment complex, at last opened to the public on October 25, 2019. The project itself was years in the making and involved
collaboration between RCI Adventure Products, RCI licensed distributor RIDE Entertainment and developer of American Dream, Triple Five Group.

Creatively paying homage to the kid-centric world built around it, the custom 6 pole, 5 level Sky Trail® Explorer and an integrated 4 pole, 3 level Sky Trail® Seeker has a look centered around the beloved 90s television game show aired on Nickelodeon, Legends of the Hidden Temple.

“Like the classic show, adventurers suit up to climb through history and explore ancient mysteries. As the tallest aerial attraction in the world it makes a statement with its impressive collection of different elements,” says Adam Sandy, president of business development for RIDE Entertainment.

The attraction is unique in its design in that the lower portion is for explorers who are between 36-64 inches tall to climb alone while the upper section is for those 48 inches and above to search without the need for parental supervision. Up to 90 participants at a time can traverse more than 50 interactive elements at their own pace and the fun continues even when they’ve reached the summit.

“Once at the top participants are then able to free-fall down with a controlled descent or touch the treasure on a precarious platform,” adds Sandy.

“To finally see the Sky Trail® be fully realized and open to the public is highly rewarding and signifies a job well done by everyone involved,” commented Jon Weston, chief sales officer for RCI. “We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.”

Published on Blooloop on November 12, 2019.

Photos of the Sky Trail® can be seen on the RCI Flickr page!

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Original source: American Dream press release via Globe Newswire.
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