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New Jersey | American Dream | Mall/Nickelodeon Theme Park

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  1. ECG

    ECG East Coast(er) General Administrator

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    DreamWorks Animation company & Triple Five, the Alberta, Canada-based developer that operates the giant Mall of America in Minnesota (with Nickelodeon Universe) and the entertainment-heavy, 5.4-million-square-foot West Edmonton Mall (with the Galaxyland Amusement Park), announced plans for an indoor theme park in the New Jersey Meadowlands called American Dream to open in 2014. The park will be located in the giant shopping mall formerly known as Xanadu.

    In a press release issued this morning, Triple Five and DreamWorks - which is behind children's films such as "Shrek", "Kung Fu Panda" and "How to Train Your Dragon" - announced the partnership on the theme park.

    DreamWorks representatives said most of the rides and attractions will feature its popular characters, and that the park would be the first of its kind in North America.
    "We look forward to working with Triple Five Worldwide to incorporate DreamWorks Animation characters, storytelling and technology into a unique and innovative family entertainment experience at the venue," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, the company's CEO.

    Triple Five President Don Ghermezian issued a statement saying he expected the park to become a worldwide attraction.
    "The theme park will have direct input from the creative talents behind the (DreamWorks) films to create a park experience that will attract a global market," he said.

    In addition to the theme park, plans for the American Dream complex include a water park, indoor ski park, theaters and a skating rink to pair with massive space for retail and restaurants.

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    Original concept artwork

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    Current aerial photo

    Sources:
    http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/07/11/new-jersey-megamall-lands-shrek-theme-park/
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/n...ces-plans-for-meadowlands-amusement-park.html
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/shrek-kung-fu-panda-dreamworks-theme-park-348147

    The best part is that I only live five miles from the mall. :wink:
     
  2. Chris Coasters

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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    Do you think the NFL is going to have a part now since the Jets and Giants plan didn't seem to work out very well?
     
  3. ECG

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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    The Jets and Giants, which both use MetLife Stadium (in aerial photo above), filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block construction of the project, but the State Transportation Department approved the project and Triple Five moved on Tuesday to dismiss the suit.
    Once the lawsuit is dismissed I think that will be the end of anything we'll hear about the NFL & this project. :wink:
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    ^You're right you did have more info. Still New Jersey need's 2 of the Largest Malls in the Country??

    Am I missing something?

    More on topic any chance of a super thrill coaster or do you think it will be more family based?
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    Have they set a time frame for when it could open? I don't remember reading anything about that.

    I think it should be a good park and because Triple Five has a part in this I think it will be much more similar to Nick Universe than anything.
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    From one of the articles it seems more family based because it said the park was only 14.7 acres. Its double of what Nick Universe is but it's still relatively small. The article mentions more family oriented things like a aquarium, bowling, and a theater.
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    As the articles say - it will be in 2014, but after the Superbowl is held at the Meadowlands (which is what Gov. Christie was hoping they would have it ready for).
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    Oh wow, I remember you talking about this a while back, but now that it's official i'm rather excited. I think i'm around 45min away from this park too. Can't wait!
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    I've a hunch that they'll be a Ferris Wheel at the very least.
     
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    Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    I've never been to nick universe so I don't really have much to compare it to
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    I haven't either but it just has similarities. It's by the same developer, it's fairly small, and its indoors.
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    Meh.
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    Yeah, this looks like a bit of a dump really.

    Plus, it doesn't look anything like Nick Universe. For a start, Nick has actual rides whereas this is more shows and dark rides and stuff. Actually I'm wrong, Sea Life and Thorpe Park are exactly the same, and have the same target audience and everything because they're owned by the same people. Silly me.
     
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    Re: Dreamworks Theme Park to open in New Jersey

    Sheesh, talk about "in the works".
    I've been hearing about this ever since I was in High School (and ugh...does feel like a long time ago now)

    That.
    Especially since I know that area, can't imagine them making it nice at all. :lol:
    It will be a miracle if they turn that bog and leftover failure of a ski mall (or whatever it was) into something good!
    You guys have any idea how much piss has been poured into that area from drunkeness at Giants and Jets games??
     
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    Re: New Jersey, USA | Dreamworks Theme Park | Mall/Theme Par

    In case anyone was wondering what ever happened with this project - the New York Jets and Giants NFL teams brought a lawsuit against the project, objecting that the theme park would cause parking problems at the nearby football stadium on game days. Today the lawsuit was dropped and construction can now go ahead. :--D
     
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    Re: New Jersey, USA | Dreamworks Theme Park | Mall/Theme Par

    Woohoo! The world needs more Shrek attractions ;)
     
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    Re: New Jersey, USA | Dreamworks Theme Park | Mall/Theme Par

    i think that this could be one of these m£rlin attractions that is going to open. they are popular though.
     
  18. ECG

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    Re: New Jersey, USA | Dreamworks Theme Park | Mall/Theme Par

    ^It's not Merlin. It's Triple Five, the developer that operates Nickelodeon Universe and the Galaxyland Amusement Park in Edmonton.
     
  19. ECG

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    Re: New Jersey | American Dream | Mall/DreamWorks Theme Park

    About time for another update. Click on images to enlarge.
    Source: http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-american-dream-back-on-track-for.html

    Key components of American Dream Meadowlands, according to the project developer’s website and previous announcements this year:
    - More than 400 retailers and restaurants
    - 639,000-square-foot indoor amusement park and water park complex
    - Indoor ski and snowboard park |12 stories high and 800 feet long
    - Observation wheel similar to the London Eye
    - 200-foot drop tower
    - Performing arts center that seats 2,400 to 3,000
    - National Hockey League-sized ice rink
    - 180,000-square-foot movie complex with more than 5,000 seats
    - Aquarium featuring more than 10,000 sea creatures
    - 18-hole miniature golf course

    Official website: http://www.americandream.com
     
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    Re: New Jersey | American Dream | Mall/DreamWorks Theme Park

    The entire area will still look like trash. Been following the Xanadu project on and off for ages and it's never really impressed me. The concept art aesthetics will make it eye-catching from the nearby highways but it's not going to attract my business much. New Jersey really has been a mess with their major projects anyways, at least it has a better chance of happening than that F1 race.
     

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