TIME Travel

Hang With the Ninja Turtles at Nickelodeon Universe, Soon to Be the Theme Park of Your Dreams

Nickelodeon And Mall of America Celebrate Opening Of Nickelodeon Universe
Cory Ryan—Getty Images Actress Miranda Cosgrove, actor Nat Wolff, actor Alex Wolff, and recording artist Lil' JJ attend the grand opening of Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America March 15, 2008 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Welcome to cartoon heaven

If you’ve always wanted to experience living in a pineapple under the sea, you’re in luck: Nickelodeon is opening what is promised to be the largest indoor theme park in the U.S. at the giant American Dream mall property in East Rutherford, New Jersey, according to NJ.com. Nickelodeon Universe, as it’s called, will feature rides based on all your favorite childhood shows, so you can literally live immersed in animated nineties nostalgia; think SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

No word yet on how these rides will play out (presumably the SpongeBob experience will involve some form of a water slide, right?), but the 8.5-acre Nickelodeon section will join a DreamWorks suite of rides as well, meaning you can pop over from hanging in Shrek’s fairytale fantasyland to chilling with the Ninja Turtles and then hit up the sweet beasts of How to Train Your Dragon.

The American Dream at Meadowlands is one of the largest mega-mall properties in the U.S., with three million square feet of indoor space. Originally proposed in 2003, it’s been an embattled project ever since, with stalled plans for an massive indoor ski slope, aquarium, Legoland, and retail. But recently — and ironically — it’s needed a boost from our northern neighbors; the Canadian development firm Triple Five swooped in to inject some life back into the Dream, and now it’s looking to open in 2018 after eating up about $4 billion.

A Nickelodeon Universe property also operates out of the Mall of America in Minnesota.

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team