The New Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park Opens This Week, and It’s a ‘90S Kids Paradise
I’m pretty sure a happy afterlife for ‘90s kids is basically getting to spend all of eternity in this Nickelodeon theme park. Opening on October 25 at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Nickelodeon Universe will be the largest indoor theme park in North America, spanning 8.5 acres. Park guests will be able to enjoy 35 rides, roller coasters, and attractions all featuring classic Nickelodeon characters like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob, and the Ninja Turtles.
Of course, there will also be a Slime Stage to live out your ultimate childhood fantasy of being on Slime Time Live.
A version of this park already exists at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota — which makes sense since the American Dream Mall is, essentially, the next Mall of America. In the works since 2003, and continually delayed, the $5 billion mall will be three million square feet, with 55 percent of space dedicated to entertainment and 45 percent for retail. The retail portion of the mall won’t open until March 2020, but at least the Nickelodeon park will be open this month to tide you over.
And if you’re still craving more entertainment at the site, an NHL-regulation-size ice rink will also open on October 25, with open skating, figure skating, and hockey tournaments.
Tickets for Nickelodeon Universe are available online, starting at $39.99 per person.