American Dream Complex Will Open in Stages Through 2020

NJTV News | September 24, 2019 | More Issues
Developer announces that the first attractions, an indoor theme park and ice-skating rink, will debut Oct. 25
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The American Dream entertainment and shopping complex in the Meadowlands is set to open in four stages.

The developer of American Dream has announced that its long-delayed shopping and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands will open in four stages, starting next month and continuing into 2020.

Since July, developer Triple Five has pegged Oct. 25 to be the date for a partial opening of the complex. But in a press release issued late last week, the company is now specifying which attractions will open when.

The Oct. 25 debut will be limited to what the company is calling “Thrills and Chills” — a Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and an ice-skating rink. The indoor theme park will feature more than 35 rides and such costumed Nickelodeon characters as SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer. The Rink at American Dream will be of NHL regulation size; a Halloween-themed skating event is planned for Oct. 31.

On Nov. 27, Triple Five plans to open what it says is the largest indoor water park in North America. The DreamWorks Water Park comprises 40 water slides and 15 attractions, including a 1.5-acre wave pool and a 142-foot-tall body slide. The attractions are arranged around themes such as Madagascar’s Rain Forest, Shrek’s Swamp and the Kung Fu Panda Zone.

On Dec. 5, Big SNOW, American Dream’s indoor ski area, will be opening its slopes to visitors. The Shops at Big Snow, featuring associated retail, will also open at that time.

Next March will see the opening of 350 stores, ranging from Hermès, Dolce & Gabbana and Tiffany & Co. to H&M, Uniqlo and Primark. A Saks Fifth Avenue will also be opening, along with 100 restaurants and other dining destinations. Further attractions are also planned, such as a Sea Life Aquarium, a Legoland Discovery Center, movie theaters and a 300-foot observation wheel.