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Nickelodeon Universe is the name of two indoor amusement parks located at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota and American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with a third location under construction at the Mall of China in Chongqing, China.[1] The parks consist of attractions and rides based on Nickelodeon’s popular franchises.[2] The amusement parks are owned and operated by the Triple Five Group with licensing rights from Paramount Global, which owns Nickelodeon.

Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe Mall of America
Previously known as Knott's Camp Snoopy (1992–2005)
Camp Snoopy (2005–2006)
The Park at MOA (2006–2008)
LocationBloomington, Minnesota
Coordinates44°51′15″N 93°14′32″W / 44.85417°N 93.24222°W / 44.85417; -93.24222
Public transit  Blue Line  Mall of America
OpenedAugust 11, 1992 (as Knott's Camp Snoopy)
March 15, 2008 (as Nickelodeon Universe)
OwnerTriple Five Group / Mall of America
(under license from Paramount Global)
Operating seasonIndoors, open all year
Area7 acres (28,000 m2)
Roller coasters5
Water rides1


Camp Snoopy

The park was originally known as Knott's Camp Snoopy, and later, simply Camp Snoopy, and was themed around the Charles M. Schulz Peanuts comic strip characters. Camp Snoopy themed areas are still located at Cedar Fair Amusement Company's parks. Camp Snoopy was never aggressively themed; the park had a very outdoors and woodsy feel with more subtle references to the Peanuts franchise. Much of the original theming in the Camp Snoopy fountain and all around the park was already toned down by the time the rights to the Peanuts characters were lost. Theming that was removed from the park prematurely and was never replaced includes various kites near the ceiling, Charlie Brown and Lucy playing baseball above the Sports Grill restaurant (although their baseball remained suspended in the air afterwards), theming in Snoopy fountain, the retheming of Snoopy Boutique, Snoopy Bouncer, the Snoopy Shop[3] and much smaller theming. On April 7, 1998, New Horizon Kids Quest, Inc. opened a Kids Quest hourly child care facility in Knott's Camp Snoopy. It incorporated 17,385 square feet (1,615.1 m2) and served children ages six weeks to twelve years until its removal in 2007.[4] It is now the "Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course" ropes course, slides and zip line.

In 2005, there were plans to revitalize the Camp Snoopy image and a new logo was introduced in October, called the "roller coaster logo" to replace the "canoe logo". However, this did not last long, as there were even bigger and unexpected changes coming within the next few months.

The Park at Mall of America

On January 9, 2006, Mall of America management announced that talks between MOA and Cedar Fair (which owns the national rights to amusement-park branding of the Peanuts license) had broken down, primarily over the mall's rights to effectively market its park within and outside the United States, and effective January 19, the park's Peanuts branding would end, the park being temporarily renamed The Park at MOA while new branding was being applied. All traces of the Peanuts branding was removed, some very sloppily,[5] although the gift shops were allowed to continue selling Peanuts merchandise without the Camp Snoopy label. The inflatable Snoopy character was removed and it took several months before it was finally replaced by a generic tree house inflatable. The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera was the final film played in the Mystery Mine Ride, with the Mystery Mine Ride closing permanently in 2007. Many other landmarks in the park were either replaced by generic landmarks or not replaced at all.[6]

Nickelodeon Universe

Original Nickelodeon Universe logo (2008–2010)
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge

On November 2, 2005, Viacom filed a trademark for Nickelodeon Universe.[7] The park's new licensing deal and name, "Nickelodeon Universe", was announced on July 25, 2007.[8] Construction began on August 27, 2007, work was completed in sections so 80 percent to 90 percent of the park remained accessible at all times. Nickelodeon Universe was completed on March 15, 2008.[9] New rides include SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter 410 roller coaster themed after the Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants, the Splat-O-Sphere, a Moser's Rides drop tower in the center of the park, the Avatar Airbender, a surf-rider attraction located in the center of the park as well and BrainSurge which is on the side of the park. The shooting gallery beneath the Ripsaw and Pepsi Orange Streak roller coaster was gutted and was replaced by Rugrats Reptarmobiles. The Mystery Mine Ride was completely demolished to make way for SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge. This site also included an Old Time Photography studio and restrooms. Old Time Photography relocated into the mall (but not within the park) and restrooms did not return in this section of the park. Levy Restaurants partnered with Nickelodeon Universe to include a themed restaurant at the park. The restaurant was called EATS and was located in the former Park at MOA food court. When the partnership ended, the EATS area closed and was replaced with a butterfly display. In 2014, a Hard Rock Cafe opened on the site where EATS once stood.

On March 12, 2008, the Star Tribune reported that the price of ride points, daily wristbands and, in particular, annual passes, would take a significant price hike once the park transitioned to Nickelodeon Universe. The price for an annual pass, which had remained $99 per year since the park opened in 1992, would increase to $250, and daily wristbands would be raised from $24.95 to $29.95. They eventually rose to $32.99 in 2014. In 2017, prices rose to where they currently[when?] stand, at $35.99 for a daily wristband. In April 2015, the price for the annual pass dropped to $139. In November 2021, Nickelodeon Universe announced the new annual pass program which has 3 different annual passes: Level 1 is Explorer which costs $175 but only valid on the weekdays, which is Monday through Thursday, Level 2 is Adventurer costs $250 but only works on any day of the week & Level 3 is Thrill Seeker costs $350 and it has all access all the time. Some denounced the price increases as being unjustifiably high when compared to other parks, such as local park Valleyfair at $79.95–$99.95. Others defended the pricing as necessary to accommodate the millions of dollars of investment needed to rebrand the park as Nickelodeon Universe.[10]

On March 17, 2020, Nickelodeon Universe closed along with the rest of Mall of America in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] While the mall re-opened in June, Nickelodeon Universe didn't re-open until August.[12] As a result of restrictions put in place by the Minnesota state government, Nickelodeon Universe was only permitted to re-open to a capacity of 250.[13] Thus, the previous ticketing model—where entry to the park was free and patrons could either pay for rides individually, or unlimited–ride tickets that valid for the entire day—was temporarily suspended. Patrons then had only the option of a ticket that was valid for two hours from when it was first scanned at a ride; persons not riding were required to have a paid ticket to enter the park, albeit at a reduced cost.[14] Capacity restrictions eventually loosened into the spring, resulting in the return of all-day unlimited-ride wristbands and point passes. The park reopened to full capacity on May 28, 2021.

Rides and attractions

Roller coasters

Name Opened Manufacturer Make/model Notes
Pepsi Orange Streak 1992 Zierer Tivoli - Custom Formerly known as Pepsi Ripsaw (1992-2007)
Fairly Odd Coaster 2004 Gerstlauer Spinning Coaster - 420/4 Formerly known as Timberland Twister (2004–2007). The original layout used for the Pandemonium clones of the Six Flags parks.
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge 2008 Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter - 410 Located next to the former home plate for Metropolitan Stadium, which was previously located on the site of the Mall. Replaced Mystery Mine (1992-2007) and Yogi's Big Rescue (2006-2007)
Back at the Barnyard Hayride 1995 Zamperla Mini Mine Powered Coaster Replaced Huff and Puff. Formerly known as Li'l Shaver (1995-2007)
Avatar Airbender 2008 Intamin Surfrider - 20m Replaced Camp Snoopy's Water Fountain (1992-2007)

Thrill rides

Name Opened Manufacturer Make/model Notes
BrainSurge 2010 Chance Rides UniCoaster Based on the game show of the same name
Shredder's Mutant Masher 2015 Chance Rides Revolution 20 Replaced Danny Phantom Ghost Zone
Splat-O-Sphere 2008 Moser's Rides Drop Tower Replaced the water fountain
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock 2012 Gerstlauer Sky Flyer Replaced Tak Attack

Family rides

Name Opened Manufacturer Make/model Notes
PAW Patrol: Adventure Bay 2018 Replaced Jimmy Neutron: Atomic Collider
Carousel 1992 Chance Rides 36 Foot Carousel Formerly known as Americana Carousel (1992-2007) and Nick-O-Round (2008).
Fly with Appa 2024 Replaced Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler’s former spot.
Log Chute 1992 Hopkins Rides Flume Formerly known as Paul Bunyan's Log Chute (1992-2007)
Ghost Blasters 1999 Sally Corporation Interactive Dark Ride
El Circulo Del Cielo 1992 Chance Rides 63' Century Wheel Formerly known as Skyscraper Ferris Wheel (1992-2007)
Crazy Cars 1992 Bertazzon Bumper Cars Formerly known as Bumpers (1992-2007) and Naked Brothers Crazy Cars (2008-2011)

Kiddie attractions

Name Opened Description
Backyardigans Swing-Along 1992 A Zierer Wave Swinger that was formerly known as Kite-Eating Tree from 1992-2006 and Tree Swing and 2006-2007
Big Rigs 1992 Formerly known as Truckin' (1992-2007)
Blue's Skidoo 2008 A SBF Visa Group Junior Jets flat ride that replaced Red Baron
Boots' Banana Swing 2024 A clone of the installation in American Dream, a Happy Swing ride.
Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler 2015 A Zamperla Balloon Tower that replaced Balloon Race. Relocated in 2023 to make room for Fly With Appa.
Diego's Rescue Rider 1998 A Zamperla Junior Flying Carpet that was formerly known as Camp Bus from 1998-2007.
La Aventura de Azul 1992 Formerly known as Bloomington Express (1992-2007). Presumably a Zamperla Junior Railway flat ride.
Pineapple Poppers 2008 A bouncy castle that replaced Snoopy Bounce and Bounce
Rugrats Reptarmobiles 2008 A Bertazzon Junior Dodgems that replaced the shooting gallery.
Swiper's Sweeper 1992 Formerly known as Speedway (1992-2007). Presumably a Zamperla Junior Whip
Wonder Pet's Flyboat 1999 A Zamperla Junior Drop Tower that was formerly known as Frog Hopper from 1999-2007.


Name Opened Description
Barnacle Blast 2014 Part of Dutchman's Deck Adventure Course
Moose Mountain Adventure Golf 1992
Xscape Entertainment Center 1992 Two locations; formerly Games! Powered by Namco
Dutchman's Deck Adventure Course 2010 Includes the Ghostly Gangplank ropes course, Anchor Drop slides and Barnacle Blast zip line
Flyover America 2016
Rock of Ages Blacklight Mini Golf 2017
5D Extreme Attraction 2018

Former rides

Name Opened Closed Manufacturer Type
SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D 2003? 2006 SimEx-Iwerks 4-D film
Huff and Puff 1992 1995 Bradley and Kaye
Bounce 1992 2007
Red Baron 1992 2007
Mystery Mine Ride 1992 2007 SimEx-Iwerks 4-D Theater
The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera/Yogi's Big Rescue 2006 2007 SimEx-Iwerks 4-D film, this was the final film shown in the Mystery Mine Ride before its closure.
Tak Attack 1998 2011 Zamperla Rotoshake
Balloon Race 1992 2015
Danny Phantom Ghost Zone 1992 2015 Chance Rides Falling Star
Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Collider 1992 2018 Zierer Hexentanz
Linus Loop 1992 1998 Zamperla Mini Ferris Wheel
Beagle Ballroom 1992 1999


Former dining


Former retail


Main article: List of incidents at independent amusement parks § Nickelodeon Universe (Mall of America)

American Dream

Nickelodeon Universe American Dream
A view of the Nickelodeon Universe theme park at American Dream Meadowlands
LocationEast Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Coordinates40°48′24″N 74°04′16″W / 40.806591°N 74.071201°W / 40.806591; -74.071201
Public transitNJ TransitMDW Meadowlands
OpenedOctober 25, 2019[19]
OwnerTriple Five Group
(under license from Paramount Global)
SloganEvery Day is the Best Day Ever
Operating seasonYear-round
Area8 acres (3.2 ha)
Roller coasters5
WebsiteOfficial website


In September 2016, the Triple Five Group announced that a second Nickelodeon Universe amusement park would fill the 8-acre indoor amusement park space at American Dream,[20][21] which will feature two world record-holding roller coasters. TMNT Shellraiser, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter, would hold the record for the steepest roller coaster drop at 121.5 degrees, and is based on a model seen in Japan. The second coaster, a spinning coaster called the Shredder, consists of four-passenger cars that spin on a vertical axis as it progresses down the coaster's track, and is the world's tallest and longest free spinning coaster,[22] at 1,600 feet.

On March 13, 2020, Triple Five announced that the mall would be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the opening of retail shops and DreamWorks Water Park would be delayed.[23]

On April 6, 2020, American Dream changed from a mix of 55% entertainment-related tenants and 45% retailers to roughly 70% entertainment and 30% retail. As of April 10, 2020, no retailers had backed out of American Dream. American Dream said it will add eight more rides to the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, building on its early success.[24]

On September 3, 2020, Triple Five announced that on October 1, American Dream would reopen its amusement park, water park, ice rink, and mini-golf arcade, each of which would limit patrons to 25% of capacity.

Rides and attractions

Roller coasters

Name Opened Description
TMNT Shellraiser October 25, 2019 A Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter that is the world's steepest roller coaster at a 121.5 degree drop angle[25]
The Shredder November 2, 2019 Gerstlauer spinning coaster[26]
Nickelodeon Slime Streak October 25, 2019 Chance Rides family coaster[27]
Sandy's Blasting Bronco October 1, 2020 Intamin Vertical LSM Coaster[28]
Timmy's Half-Pipe Havoc December 7, 2019 Intamin Surf Rider roller coaster[29]

Other rides

Name Opened Description
Aang's Air Gliders 2019 A Zamperla Air Race attraction that sends 24 riders into several inversions. The ride is themed to Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express A Zamperla Rocking Tug themed to a Bikini Bottom bus from the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise. Intended for families with young children.
Blaze's Monster Truck Rally A Zamperla Convoy where scaled-down Monster Trucks drive along an oval track encircling some mock stunt ramps. The ride is loosely themed to the Blaze and the Monster Machines franchise.
Blue's Skidoo A Zamperla Junior Jets flat ride where riders can board various vehicles themed to Blue and Magenta. Loosely themed to the Blue's Clues show.
Dora's Sky Railway A monorail-type ride that takes riders on a journey across the park. This attraction is loosely themed to the Dora the Explorer franchise and gives families an elevated view of the park. Presumably a Zamperla Junior Railway.
Fairly Odd Airways A Zamperla Flying Tigers ride taking younger riders for a flight in their own planes. Themed remotely to The Fairly OddParents.
Invader Zim's Flip & Spin... OF DOOM! A bumper car style attraction where riders can flip upon impact. Themed to Invader Zim. It had constant technical issues and downtime during the park's opening months, and was replaced by Bubble Guppies: Guppy Bubbler. The ride is currently in storage near Sandy's Blasting Bronco. It was an Amusement Products LLC Flip Zone.
Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher A Chance Rides Unicoaster 1.0 flat ride where riders spin along a track and can control the flipping motion of their vehicle. Themed to The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron show, and only the third Unicoaster to be installed within North America.
Legends of the Hidden Temple Challenge A 10-story tall interactive ropes course developed by Michigan-based RCI Adventure Products. Vaguely themed around the Legends of the Hidden Temple game show.
Nickelodeon Skyline Scream This is an S&S - Sansei Technologies spinning Rotating Tower drop tower, which is marketed as the tallest indoor drop tower in the world, taking the record from Galaxyland's Space Shot, which is 37 m tall (121 feet). Opened on November 7, 2019.
PAW Patrol Adventure Bay A large interactive play area with play structures, slides, and pits meant for younger children, and themed around the PAW Patrol franchise.
Pup, Pup, and Away This is a Zamperla Junior Ferris Wheel that is loosely themed around the PAW Patrol.
Ren & Stimpy's Space Madness A 10-passenger Zierer family drop tower. This attraction can hold 10 riders and is themed to The Ren & Stimpy Show.
Rugrats Reptar Go-Round A Chance Rides double-decker Carousel of the 36 foot variant. All of the vehicles are custom themed to the Rugrats franchise. Riders have the option of riding on Reptar's back or in a tea cup or other ride vehicle.
Shimmer & Shine Jumping Genies A Zamperla Jump Around where riders are speedily taken through a circle. Unlike many of the other attractions, this is located within an enclosed building within the park. Themed to the Shimmer & Shine show.
SpongeBob's Jellyfish Jam A Zamperla Wave Swinger themed to a horde of jellyfish in the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise.
Kraang Prime Pandemonium! This Zamperla pendulum ride takes riders in 360° loops going both directions. It is of the 16 seater Discovery Revolution make, and loosely themed around the Krang extraterrestrial villain in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
Bubble Guppies: Guppy Bubbler 2021 A children's Samba Tower ride themed to Bubble Guppies.
Zuma's Zoomers A boat Whip ride themed to Zuma from PAW Patrol.
Boots' Banana Swing A Happy Swing ride themed to Boots from Dora the Explorer.
Butterbean's Sweet Spin A Teacups cupcake ride themed to Butterbean's Cafe.
The Loud House Road Trip A Crazy Bus ride themed to The Loud House.

Additional attractions

Additional locations

Upcoming Chongqing, China location

A third Nickelodeon Universe theme park is currently under construction for the Mall of China in Chongqing, China. Concept artwork that was released during the theme park's announcement on July 26, 2018 showcases rides that are at the American Dream location, as well as a drop-tower ride themed to Jimmy Neutron.[31] Construction was briefly paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the theme park was originally slated for a December 2020 opening, its construction status and a new opening timeframe are unknown.[32]

Cancelled New Orleans location

On August 18, 2009, Nickelodeon and Southern Star Amusement announced that a Nickelodeon Universe location would be built in New Orleans, Louisiana to replace the former Six Flags New Orleans that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and would open by around the end of 2010. It was set to be the first outdoor Nickelodeon Universe theme park, but on November 9, 2009, Nickelodeon announced that it had ended the licensing agreement with Southern Star Amusements.[33]

2020 temporary closures

The two Nickelodeon Universe theme parks in Minnesota and New Jersey were temporarily closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[34][35][36] Nickelodeon Universe reopened at Mall of America on August 10, 2020,[37] while its park at American Dream reopened on October 1, 2020.[38]

See also


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