Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Renderings + An Opening for American Dream Before 2019?

© American Dream
A story we've been following for years now is the development of the American Dream mega-mall and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands, in New Jersey.  The project has lived and died several times, but developers are saying the project is headed for a late 2018 opening... honestly sooner than I would have thought.

The project is of interest because it will include a giant indoor amusement park, and a water park too.  The amusement park was announced to carry a Nickelodeon theme a couple months ago and the water park will be themed to DreamWorks characters.

Earlier this month new renderings of the development were released - seen above - along with a flyover of the area as well.

© American Dream
This is the part of the American Dream that we will be most interested in, the theme and water parks.  The Nickelodeon Universal park will be over on the left, still with a tall tower section that once contained a free-fall... however I believe that was removed at some point in the development.  The water park can be seen in the middle right, with large glass hangar-style ceilings.

© American Dream
Speaking of the water park, the project's website now has this rendering on it as well, the first I've seen of it with any detail.  Aside from the entrance to the park it shows a pretty neat looking slide tower in the background with what I would guess is Madagascar style theming.  With other properties like Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, there are some really interesting themes available to see spring up at the park.

Developers also say that nearly 75% of the mall is now leased, which should help get the final pieces of financing in place - the issue that has held up the mall for years now.