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Since the 1990s, Nickelodeon, a worldwide children's entertainment company, has had an involvement in the creation and theming of amusement park rides. This article details the ventures of Nickelodeon in amusement parks.

Several amusement parks have featured themed areas entirely devoted to the Nickelodeon brand whilst others have featured standalone attractions. Nickelodeon attractions currently exist at Movie Park Germany, Pleasure Beach Blackpool, Mall of America and Sea World. Attractions previously existed at California's Great America, Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, Dreamworld, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood and WhiteWater World.

History[edit]

On 7 June 1990, Universal Studios Florida opened with an attraction named Nickelodeon Studios. It was a television taping studio for the cable television channel, Nickelodeon. In 1995, Nickelodeon Splat City opened at three Cedar Fair theme parks: California's Great America, Kings Dominion and Kings Island. These attractions were inspired by many of the game shows on the television network and generally involved slime. In 1999, Kings Dominion closed Nickelodeon Splat City in preparation for its 2000 attraction, Nickelodeon Central. Nickelodeon Central saw the retheme of many of the park's children's rides as well as the addition of some new ones. Kings Island followed suit, closing their Splat City in 2000 and opening Nickelodeon Universe in 2001. In 2002, Australian theme park, Dreamworld opened Nickelodeon Central.[1] In 2003, California's Great America, Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds all opened Nickelodeon Centrals. Expansions of these areas took place in 2005, 2006 and 2008 for Carowinds, Kings Island and Dreamworld, respectively. The Kings Island area was also renamed to Nickelodeon Universe at the same time. In 2007, Movie Park Germany opened a similar area entitled Nickland. In 2009 and 2010, Cedar Fair terminated their contract with Nickelodeon resulting in all of the areas being rethemed to Planet Snoopy. In early 2011, at a cost of GB£10 million, Pleasure Beach Blackpool opened Nickelodeon Land.[2][3] By mid-2011, Dreamworld had closed their Nickelodeon Central and rethemed it to the generic Kid's World theme (it was later revealed that the park had struck a deal with DreamWorks Animation).[4][5]

Locations[edit]

Park Area Opening date Closing date Previous attraction Replaced by
Alton Towers Nickelodeon: Outta Control 1997 1998 N/A Frog Hopper
California's Great America Nickelodeon Central 2003 2009 Hanna Barbera Land Planet Snoopy[6]
Canada's Wonderland Nickelodeon Central 2003 2009 Hanna Barbera Land Planet Snoopy[6]
Carowinds Nickelodeon Central 22 March 2003[7] 2009 Happy Land of Hanna Barbera Planet Snoopy[6]
Dreamworld Nickelodeon Central 26 December 2002[8] 24 June 2011[4] Kennyland[9] Kid's World[4]
Kings Dominion Nickelodeon Central 2000 2009 Happy Land of Hanna Barbera Planet Snoopy[6]
Kings Island Nickelodeon Universe 2001 2009 Happy Land of Hanna Barbera Planet Snoopy[6]
Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe 15 March 2008 N/A Camp Snoopy N/A
Movie Park Germany Nickland 2007[10] N/A Unknown N/A
Pleasure Beach Blackpool Nickelodeon Land May 2011[11] N/A Beaver Creek children's park N/A
Sea World N/A December 2011 N/A N/A N/A
Sega World Sydney Nickelodeon TV Machine April 1997 2000 N/A N/A
Universal Studios Florida Nickelodeon Studios 7 June 1990 30 April 2005 N/A Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre
Universal Studios Hollywood Nickelodeon Blast Zone 2001 2007 N/A The Adventures of Curious George
WhiteWater World Nickelodeon Pipeline Plunge 8 December 2006[12] 24 June 2011[4] N/A Pipeline Plunge

Attractions[edit]

Below is a list of all of the attractions at Nickelodeon themed children's areas around the world. The dates shown in the columns refer to the opening and closing dates for the ride under that name. It does not mean that the ride was closed and/or removed.

Attraction Type CGA CW C DW KD KI MOA MPG PBB Standalone
Angry Beavers Spooty Spin Matterhorn 2002-2011[4][13]
Avatar Airbender Disk-O 2006–2009 2011-[14]
Avatar Airbender Half Pipe roller coaster 2008-[15]
Avatar Air Glider Giant Skychaser 2007-[16]
Back at the Barnyard Hayride Powered roller coaster 2008-[15]
Backyardigans' Hip Hopper Hopper 2007-[16]
Backyardigans' Mission to Mars Junior Roller Coaster 2007-[16][17]
Backyardigans' Pirate Treasure Swinging Ship 2011-[14]
Backyardigans' Swing-Along Swinger  ????-2009 2005–2009 2008-[15]
Backyardigans Mighty Go Round Carousel 2008-2011[4][18]
Barnyard Bumpers Bumper cars 2007-[16]
Balloon Race Balloon Ride 2008-[15]
Big Rigs 2008-[15]
Bikini Bottom Bus Tour Crazy Bus 2011-[14]
Blue Flyer Junior Roller Coaster 2011-[14]
Blues Skidoo Rotating Flat Ride 2003-2011[4][18] 2005–2009 2008-[15] 2007-[16]
Boots Balloon Race Balloon Ride  ????-2009
BrainSurge Unicoaster 2010-
Carousel Carousel 2008-[15]
Crazy Cars Bumper cars 2008-[15]
Danny Phantom Flyers Kite Flyer 2006–2007
Danny Phantom Ghost Zone Teacups 2007-[16]
Danny Phantom Ghost Zone Falling Star 2008-[15]
Diego's Rainforest Rescue Balloon Ride 2011-[14]
Diego's Rescue Rider Rotating Flat Ride 2007-[16]
Diego's Rescue Rider Crazy Bus 2008-[15]
Dora's Adventure Express Children's Train 2007-[16]
Dora's Big River Adventure Log Flume 2007-[16]
Dora's Dune Buggies Rotating Flat Ride 2003-2009[19][20]  ????-2009
Dora's World Voyage Boat Ride 2011-[14]
Dora and Boots Sun Wheel Ferris Wheel 2008-[15]
Dora the Explorer Azul's Adventure Children's Train  ????-2009 2008-[15]
Dora the Explorer Sea Planes Rotating Flat Ride 2002-2010[13][21]
Fairly Odd Coaster Family Wooden Roller Coaster ????-2009[22] 2005-2009[23]
Fairly Odd Coaster Spinning roller coaster 2008-[15]
Fairy World Spin Mack teacups 2013-[16]
Fairy World Taxi Spin Rotating Flat Ride 2011-[14]
Flying Dutchman's Revenge Rockin' Tug  ????-2009
Ghost Blasters Dark ride 2008-[15]
Ghost Chasers Wild Mouse 2007-[16][24]
Go Diego Go Jeep Ride 2005–2009
Ice Age Adventure Flume ride 2007-[16]
Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher Bumper cars 2005–2009
Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Collider Rotating Flat Ride 2008-[15]
Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer Suspended Family Coaster 2007-[16][25]
Jimmy Neutron's Brainwasher  ????-2009
Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast Motion simulator 2003-2011 (USF)
Krusty Krab Order Up Hopper 2011-[14]
La Adventura de Azul Children's Train 2005–2009
Lazytown Sportacopters Pedal Helicopters  ????-2009 2005–2009
Little Bill's Cruisers Mini Speed Boat Ride  ????-2009
Little Bill's Giggle Coaster Junior Roller Coaster 2005-2009[26]
Log Chute Log flume 2008-[15]
Mystery River Raft ride 2007-[16]
Nick Jr. Drivers Car Ride 2005–2009
Nick Jr. Jets Flying Jet Ride  ????-2009
Nick O Round Carousel  ????-2009 2002-2008[13][18] 2005–2009
Nickelodeon Blast Zone Children's play area 2001-2007 (USH)
Nickelodeon Pipeline Plunge Aqua play area 2006-2011 (WWW)
Nickelodeon Space Surfer Swinger 2001–2009
Nickelodeon Streak Wooden roller coaster 2011-[14]
Nickelodeon Studios Television studios 1990-2005 (USF)
Pepsi Orange Streak Steel roller coaster 2008-[15]
Phantom Flyers Kite Flyer  ????-2009 2007–2009
Pineapple Poppers Jumping Castle 2008-[15]
Plankton's Plunge Hopper 2006–2009
Rocket Power Air Time Swinging Ride  ????-2009
Rocket Power Bumper Beach Bumper cars 2002-2011[4][13]
Rugrat Reptarmobiles Bumper cars 2008-[15]
Rugrats Lost River Log flume 2011-[14]
Rugrats Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster Suspended Family Coaster 2003-2009[19][20][27] 2003-2009[7] 2002-2011[4][28] 2001-2009[29]
Rugrats Toonpike 2003–2009 2002–2009
Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle Laser Skirmish Dark ride 2002–2009
Sea Swing Swinger 2007-[16]
Splat-O-Sphere Aviator 2007-[16]
Splat-O-Sphere Space shot 2008-[15]
SpongeBob's Boatmobiles 2003-2009[19][20]
SpongeBob FlyPants Kite Flyer 2008-2011[4][30]
SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge Euro-Fighter roller coaster 2008-[15]
SpongeBob SquarePants Splash Bash Splash Battle/Twist 'n' Splash 2007-[16] 2011-[14]
Swinger Zinger Swinger 2002-2011[4][13]
Swiper's Sweeper Speedway 2005–2009 2008-[15] 2007-[16]
Tak Attack 2008-2011
Team Umizoomi Number Tumbler Zamperla Kiddie carpet 2013-[16]
Teenage Robot Roundabout Zamperla Kiddie carpet 2007-2012
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock 2012-[15]
Timmy's Airtours Giant Skychaser 2005–2009
Tommy's Take Off Rotating Plane Ride  ????-2009
TV Road Trip Car Ride  ????-2009
Wild Thornberry's Rainforest Rampage Ball play area 2002-2011[4][13]
Wild Thornberry's Rain Maze Water play area 2003-2009[19][20]
Wild Thornberry's River Adventure Water ride 2003–2008 2005–2009
Wild Thornberry's Treetop Lookout 2003-2009[19][20]  ????-2009
Wonder Pets Big Circus Bounce Miniature Carousel 2011-[14]
Wonder Pets Fly Boat Hopper 2008-[15]

Shows[edit]

Below is a list of all of the Nickelodeon-themed shows which have been shown at theme parks around the world. The dates shown in the columns refer to the opening and closing dates for the show. Some parks have multiple shows in the one theatre, hence overlapping dates.

Show CGA CW C DW KD KI MPG PBB SW
Blue’s Clues Live! 2002-2004[13]
Character Show / Street Entertainment 2007-[16] 2011-[14]
Dora's Best Friends Adventure 2011-
Dora's Sing-Along Adventure 2008–2009 2006–2008 2006–2008 2007–2008 2007–2008
Mega Mess A Mania Nicktoons Summer Jam! 2000–2001 2000-2001
Meet the Nicktoons LIVE 2003-2009[19][20]
Slimetime Live! on Stage 2003-????[19] 2002-2011[4][13] 2002–2004 2002–2004
SpongeBob ParadePants-tacular 2011-
SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D 2003-2009[19][20] 2002 – present
(seasonal)
2002-
SpongeBob SquarePants Bikini Bottom Bash  ????-????
SpongeBob SquarePants Stories from Bikini Bottom 2005-2011[4][31]

Character appearances[edit]

A variety of Nickelodeon costumed characters have been showcased alongside each individual theme park's attractions. Some were used for meet and greets with guests, others for shows and some in the Nickelodeon Celebration Parade (which toured the Cedar Fair parks from 2004 to 2007).

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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