American Dream

American Dream in East Rutherford is slated to open two sections of its facilities this week on the 25th. In addition to the NHL-sized ice rink, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park will be open for business with 35 rides. If you’re wondering how to get in—or how much Nickelodeon Universe tickets will cost you—prices and online tickets were just released.

The Details

The park will be open for a special preview, so for now tickets will be limited and timed. Monday through Thursday, you can get in with a General Access ticket from either 10 am-3 pm or 4-9 pm for $39.99. If you want to splurge, get the All Access ticket for either time for just $10 more. If your kids are 48” tall, it’s worth getting the all access pass because they’ll be able to ride just about everything in the park. General access is a better bet if your kids are under 48” in height or don’t want to ride the biggest thrills. On weekends, the pricing will stay the same but the ticket times change to 10 am-2 pm, 3-7 pm and 8 pm-midnight. Kids ages 2 and under get in free. As of now, all time slots for Friday and Saturday (10/25-26) are totally sold out. A few tix still remain for Sunday night (10/27), and weekdays have plenty available for purchase.

Hours and Parking

For opening weekend, hours are 10 am-6 pm on Friday and 9 am-10 pm Saturday-Sunday. Regular hours will eventually be 9 am-10 pm Monday through Thursday and 9 am-1 am Friday through Sunday. Parking will cost you $3-6 for 30 minutes to eight hours. If you’re going to be there all day (8+ hours), it’ll cost you $24. Don’t want to worry about parking? Hand your keys to the valet for $10 (regular parking rates still apply). Be warned: When there’s an event going on at MetLife Stadium next door, event parking rates will be in effect.

Why You Should Go

Nickelodeon Universe has already been breaking records as the largest indoor theme park in the Western hemisphere. There are 35 coasters and rides for the kids to explore. There, you’ll find the world’s steepest roller coaster, tallest and longest spinning coaster and the tallest indoor spinning drop tower, plus a record-breaking nine-story ropes course. Brave rides like The Shredder or Nickelodeon’s Skyline Scream before meeting the kids’ faves like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Don’t miss live shows on the Slime Stage!

What Else Is In the Works?

The attractions at American Dream are opening in four phases. Nickelodeon Theme Park and the ice rink are opening on the 25th. On November 27, DreamWorks Water Park is opening with more than 40 slides and 15 attractions, including a 1.5-acre wave pool (that’s the biggest in the world!) and a lazy river. It’s the continent’s biggest indoor water park to date and is complete with 31 luxury cabanas to hang in. Dare to drop 142 feet on the world’s tallest indoor body slide, too.

If you’re all about winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, head there on December 5 for the opening of Big SNOW, North America’s first indoor snow park. Afterwards, head down the bunny slope, the black diamond and everything in between. Day passes and rentals will be available. Come March 2020, the rest of the attractions will open, including 350 shopping experiences, 100 dining options, a luxury theater, SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and more.