The first portions of the $5 billion American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey, are now open. 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 on October 25, 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 2,500 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 more than 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.
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.
American Dream’s other venues will be opening during the holiday season and into Spring 2020. On November 27, 2019, Make a Splash: DreamWorks Water Park opens. On December 5, 2019, Big SNOW American Dream, in indoor ski slope, opens. Finally, in March 2020 more than 450 retail, food, and entertainment offerings join the property.
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.