American Dreams Meadowlands
Proposed Mall / Theme Park / Waterpark
(Formerly known as the Xanadu project)
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Fall 2018 - Attraction / Development News -
(11/30/18) There has been some buzz about the new Nickelodeon Universe park coming to New Jersey in 2019 at the American Dreams mall. It is worth noting that the official coaster count there is now up to 5. In addition to the Gerstlauer Eurofighter and Spinning coasters there will also be a Chance built family coaster with orange track and based on what Chance had up for display at IAAPA, it may have green slime themed cars. Now add two more coasters from Intamin to the list. The first will be an Intamin Surfrider half-pipe creation, and the second Intamin ride is an LSM launched coaster that is rumored to be fairly compact creation. As far as I know, the first photo of the Intamin ride, with blue track, was posted to Reddit.
(11/28/18) An article about the DreamWorks themed waterpark coming to the American Dream Meadowlands in 2019 breaks down some of the park’s major attractions. They also note that while the amusement park is set to open in Spring 2019, the waterpark portion will open sometime afterwards, but does not specify when.
All said, the waterpark will offer 15 creations from ProSlide including an 8-lane OctopusKrakenRACER slide, a pair of FreeFall speed slides that will drop you 50 feet at 70º, a Tornado 60 slide with six-passenger rafts, and the HydroMagnetic Rocket slide, which should be the largest indoor water coaster in the world when it opens. Other attractions include a Madagascar themed water tower with several slides attached, a Kung-Fu Panda themed children play complex, and 80-foot Shrek and Donkey character balloons hanging from the ceiling.
(10/11/18) A great picture showing off the progress on the two Gerstlauer coasters going up inside the American Dream was posted to Twitter last week. Check it out below.
(3/30/18) The new Gerstlauer made coaster (a near-clone of Takabisha from Japan) is now under construction at the American Dream / Nickelodeon Universe theme park in New Jersey. As you can see from a photo captured by a webcam at the construction site the giant vertical lift hill, along with the 121.5º beyond-vertical first drop is now fully built inside the structure, with the top of the lift poking out the top of the building by a good bit. Wow, what a view that is going to be when they are finished. Follow the link to check out the latest images on the webcam as they are posted.
(11/6/17) Screamscape recieved a small a batch of artwork files showing off the new interwoven Gerstlauter coasters coming to the Nickelodeon Universe park at American Dream Meadowlands.
(11/3/17) The Nickelodeon Universe park going into American Dream will feature two major coasters from Gerstlauer with layouts that will be interwoven with each other. The first is a launched Euro-Fighter style coaster that will feature a 'beyond-vertical" drop that will take the world record for being the "steepest" while the other will be a Spinning Coaster that will take the world record for being the tallest and longest free-spinning coaster. Currently the steepest drop on a coaster is Gerstlauer's own Takabisha at Fuji-Q in Japan which features a 121º drop after a vertical lift hill climb, as well as a launch at the start of the ride.
Meanwhile a reader sent some images my way showing off some layouts of the waterpark, theme park (including coaster layouts) and even a diagram of the giant wheel.
(10/30/17) A picture showing off new green coaster track found near the American Dream Meadowlands site was posted to Instagram a couple days ago. Looks like things are about to get serious over there as they attempt to make a Fall 2018 opening date.
(9/27/17) ProSlide made an interesting post to their Facebook page last week, confirming that they will be the ones putting in all the slides at the Dreamworks themed waterpark coming to the American Dream mall. They claim it will be "smashing records with its 15-slide custom tower, a massive TORNADO 60 funnel, the world's first indoor water coaster and lots more." All coming in March 2019 apparently... along with a preview video. Check it out below.
(4/8/17) It has been confirmed that Triple Five have signed a deal with KidZania to create one of their mini-theme park environments (80,000 sqft) inside the new American Dream Meadowlands mall. Currently American Dream is looking to open by Fall 2018, though the new KidZania attraction wont be ready until sometime in 2019.
(4/4/17) The president of Triple Five talks with BlooLoop this week about their expertise in running mega-mammoth malls like the West Edmonton Mall in Canada or the Mall of America in Minnesota. Triple Five is also behind the massive American Dream project under construction in New Jersey and hopes to build another one in the Miami, Florida area sometime in the future. Make the leap to learn about Triple Five and what their plans for American Dream and the future hold.
(12/31/16) A new animated rendering of the American Dream entertainment mall project in New Jersey was released this week and embedded below showing off how the final project will look when it is ready to open in late 2018.
(11/7/16) According to the local news there may be some new troubles for the American Dream mall project after Triple-Five just missed their own Nov. 3rd deadline to raise all the money needed to finish the project. As of yet there has been no explanation behind the delay.
(9/14/16) The planned theme park inside the American Dream Meadowlands now has a name... and it will be one you may have heard of before. The mega-mall developer, Triple Five, has teamed up with Nickelodeon to create a second Nickelodeon Universe theme park inside the mall.
This new indoor Nickelodeon Universe park will be 8.5 acres and much like the original park inside the Mall of America, it will feature rides, attractions and characters based on the various Nickelodeon-owned properties like SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
It is also worth mentioning that the waterpark inside the American Dream mall will be be themed to the DreamWorks Animation films and characters as well, which are now owned by NBCUniversal.
As previously planned, the mall will also have a small LEGOLAND Discovery Center, a SeaLife Aquarium, a 300 foot tall giant wheel, indoor Ski park and a 22,000 sqft adult arcade attraction called For The Win that will feature games, bowling, craft beers and live music performances.
The opening of the project has now been reset for a Fall 2018 opening date.
(11/2/15) A video update showing off the actual construction now taking place at the American Dream Meadowlands retail and amusement attraction can be found here (or in the video below), and description of how the look of the outside of the complex will change with the addition of the indoor amusement park enclosed in glass, which will be viewable from the Turnpike as cars pass by.
(10/5/15) According to this news article at BlooLoop, Merlin has signed a deal with Triple Five to build a new LEGOLAND Discovery Center and a SeaLife Aquarium inside the new American Dream mall when it opens in late 2017.
(9/23/15) According to this article, Triple Five has set a Fall 2017 opening date for the American Dream Meadowlands mall and amusement park.
(5/5/14) According to News Plus Notes, the American Dream (formerly Xanadu) mega mall is back on track to finally open in Fall 2016, complete with an amusement park and water park.
(3/13/14) I’m happy to report that construction to finish the American Dreams Meadowlands project is set to begin “almost immediately”, as the developer has settled the dispute with the New York Giants/Jets. Looks like they just need to sign off on all their financing to finish the project and get it moving towards an opening day as soon as possible after being stalled out for several years.
(8/27/13) According to this news update, a Judge will make the final ruling over the disputes between Triple Five and the New York Giants/Jets teams regarding the future of the American Dream Meadowlands project area later this week.
(8/26/13) According to this news report Triple Five closed the deal to officially purchase the American Dream Meadowlands property, formerly known as Xanadu. With the giant retail complex 80% complete before stalling out years ago, Triple Five is expected to break ground with crews once again to finish it up, dropping an additional $1.9 billion into the complex with the hopes of opening it within 18-24 months. It will be nice to see some new progress made here once they get things going, though I’m sure the battle with the New York Giants & Jets is far from over.
(7/14/13) Here we go again… fighting and disagreements have started again between the New York Jets and Giants football teams and the developers behind the American Dream project, with all the lawsuits filed from both ends. Will this never end?
(5/20/13) Great news came this week for the American Dream complex at the Meadowlands as the New Jersey Sports Exposition Authorty, against the wishes of the New York Giants and Jets teams, unanimously approved plans for allow the complex to build the amusement and waterpark expansions to the complex. So unless I’m mistaken, this may have been the last hurdle needed for Triple Five to begin work on finishing the mall and building the amusement aspects of the project. No word yet on when construction will begin again on the stalled out complex.
(5/13/13) The latest plan to revive the American Dream Meadowlands retail and amusement complex (formerly known as Xanadu) now involves a new conflict over the evolution of what once was a pedestrian bridge bridge over a road that would connect the complex to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The plan from Triple-Five now has expanded this pedestrian bridge into a three-story enclosed building structure that would span over the road and contain an atrium, ice rink and retail booths.
The proposal has not been previously aired publicly, but representatives for the NY Giants and Jets say that this is a substantial change from the old bridge plan and they need to analyze the concept to determine the impact it might have on the site, traffic and congestion issues. So in other words… more delays and a near-zero chance of having the complex open in time for the 2014 Superbowl crowds.
(1/16/13) In December, Govennor Christie mentioned that work will resume on the American Dream Meadowlands project in January 2013… but so far, nothing has happened. Click here to read more about this stalled project.
(12/10/12) According to the latest news update the American Dream Meadowlands project is very close to getting final environmental approvals to go ahead with their proposed indoor water and amusement parks. Two big hurdles in the way however are to secure the $2 billion in public/private financing needed to complete it all and the legal objection by the New York Giants & Jets over how the site will handle the combined traffic from the American Dream Meadowlands mixed with the Meadowlands Sports Complex on game days. The ironic thing mentioned however is that the so-called local county “Blue Laws” would prevent the retail portion of the mega-mall from even being open on Sundays, the typical day most NFL games are played, leaving only a fraction of the traffic coming into the area for the water and amusement parks compared with the typical retail mall traffic patterns.
(7/30/12) Several approvals were issued to Triple Five for their new expansion plans for the American Dream Meadowlands project from the Department of Environmental Protection. There are still a few more hurdles left to be cleared, but things are moving in the right direction at last.
(7/16/12) The latest buzz about the planned theme park planned for the American Dream mall reveals that the owners are planning on the park to feature themes and characters from Dreamworks Animation.
(6/27/12) In a rather unfortunate move, lawyers for the New York Giants and New York Jets have filed for an injunction to block the American Dream Meadowlands project from building the amusement and waterpark additions, claiming there may be possible traffic impacts on the area that would affect them on “game days”.
A local mayor has called the teams out for being greedy and selfish for trying to block something that would not only create many more jobs, but provide income seven days a week, as opposed to the football schedule that would see a team playing in the nearby stadium about once a week in the fall and winter months.
According to East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella, “The Giants and Jets have gotten tax breaks. Now they want more preferential treatment that would deny jobs and millions of dollars in sales tax income. I have never seen corporations act so selfishly. The teams were never concerned about traffic congestion when they were building...now they have traffic problems all of a sudden.”
(6/8/12) Financing for a $700 million loan to complete the American Dream Meadowlands mall, as well as add an amusement park and water park, is said to be close to being finalized.
(4/10/12) Progress on the American Dream Meadowlands project is stalled, pending a final signoff required federal signoff on their plans to add a waterpark and amusement park to the property.
(11/16/11) The new owners / developers of the American Dream Meadowlands project (aka: Xanadu) are asking for permission to develop 5 acres of wetlands to finish up their concept of what is needed to make the destination mall a success, which would include an indoor amusement park and waterpark inside a glass dome, the indoor ski slope and more.