An exclusive look inside American Dream, under construction in East Rutherford, with opening set for late October.
North Jersey Record
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If you’re planning to go to the new American Dream mall’s main attraction this weekend, you may be out of luck.
Passes at the mall’s Nickelodeon Universe are sold out for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to American Dream’s website.
On Friday, only a fraction of the three-million-square-foot mega retail and entertainment center will open — Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and American Dream’s ice rink. The rest of the property will be opening in phases, later this year and in 2020.
Even if you weren’t able to snag a ticket to Nickelodeon Universe for opening weekend before tickets sold out, you can still rent a pair of skates and enjoy the mall’s indoor ice rink, according to the North Jersey Record, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.
What to expect at Nickelodeon Universe
The theme park has more than 35 rides, roller coasters and attractions. At 8.5 acres, officials say it is the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere. American Dream has not released a list of rides in the theme park, but they said the property will be home to a handful of record-breaking coasters. Some of the roller-coasters that have been revealed are The Shreddar, The Shellraiser and Nickelodeon’s Skyline Scream.
The Ice Rink will be an NHL-size skating and hockey facility that offers open skating, figure skating, hockey tournaments and other events. .
For this weekend, operating hours are: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and , and Saturday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Unless you managed to snag your entry before tickets for opening weekend sold out, you will have to wait to enjoy the rides inside American Dream’s theme park. Even though tickets for opening weekend are sold out, tickets are on sale for slots beginning Monday and extending through Thursday, Nov. 7.
Tickets range from $39.99 for general access, recommended for individuals under 48″ or for those who won’t be riding the more-thrilling attractions, or $49.99 for all-access, recommended for those taller than 48″ and those who want to enjoy all rides. Children 2 or younger enter free.
The tickets are also time-slotted: either 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., or 4 p.m. through 9 p.m.
“The property is not a ticketed property. Only the theme park requires a ticket,” Dana McHugh, an American Dream spokesperson, said on Tuesday. “Anyone can go in and explore all the property has to offer.”
Parking will only be free if you keep your trip to American Dream under 30 minutes. Otherwise, you will have to pay to park on the property.
Parking rates at American Dream will range from free to $24, depending on the length of your stay, according to the property’s website. It’s unclear how the paid parking will be handled, however.
There will be a $10 surcharge for valet parking at American Dream.
What happens after this weekend?
After this weekend, American Dream hours will be extended.
The property will be open seven days a week. Weekday hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend hours are extended to 1 a.m.
Even when the mall’s retail section opens next spring, Bergen County’s Blue Laws will keep that end of the mall shut on Sundays.
American Dream remains an active construction site, and workers will still be visible on the property after this weekend. In about a month, the mall’s next phased opening will be for the property’s indoor water park.
Contributing: Associated Press
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