Mall of America's Nickelodeon Universe Plans its Return

August 3, 2020, 3:41 PM · Minnesota's Nickelodeon Universe theme park will reopen to guests starting next week. The park, which is located inside Mall of America, today released the procedures it will follow as it welcomes back visitors.

To start, the seven-acre, indoor park will limit capacity to just 250 people at a time when it reopens August 10. Visitors will have to buy timed tickets on site, as the park will not be selling tickets in advance nor taking advance reservations. Once the park reaches capacity, it will run a virtual queue for admission for the remainder of the day.

Visits will be two hours each, during which guests can enjoy unlimited rides. However, just 12 of the park's 27 attractions will be operating. Open attractions will include the Fairly Odd Coaster, Pepsi Orange Streak, and SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, for those of you counting coaster credits. The Log Chute is not on the "open" list, which you can find on the park's website.

Tickets will be $19.99 plus tax for riders and $4.99 plus tax for non-riders. Nickelodeon Universe will be open 11am-7pm daily. All visitors ages three and older must wear masks at all times, expect while seated, safely distanced from others, and actively eating or drinking. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed at the entrance and exit of each attraction. Team members will assign seats to enforce safe physical distancing and will sanitize rides after each use.

"Reopening Nickelodeon Universe – even with significantly reduced capacity – is a positive step forward," Executive Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Mall of America Jill Renslow said. "This is a process, and we will continue to learn, evaluate, and if needed, enhance, this new Nickelodeon Universe experience in the coming weeks and months. We are confident in the health and safety protocols we have in place and look forward to welcoming back guests of all ages to Nickelodeon Universe."

Nickelodeon Universe's sister park at the American Dream mall in New Jersey remains closed at this time.

Replies (3)

August 4, 2020 at 9:11 AM

I don't understand the point here. It's one thing for a regular theme park to limp along at a reduced capacity, but Nickelodeon Universe requires you to walk through a shopping mall to reach the theme park. The Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe have a symbiotic relationship, and this move seems like a desperate ploy to try to increase foot traffic through a shopping mall that is dying a slow death.

August 4, 2020 at 11:01 AM

Like so many places, Mall of America took a huge hit due to close-downs so they are desperate to get folks back in however it takes.

August 6, 2020 at 1:27 AM

Even though it’s not in Minneapolis, I’m sure the unrest hasn't helped things either. Without getting too far off topic, I don’t think the Twin Cities are a scary place to live or visit(its overall one of the safest metros in the country), but some people will have a different opinion of it now than they did before.

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