Nickelodeon in amusement parks
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Since the 1990s, Nickelodeon, a worldwide children's television network and franchise, owned by Viacom, has had an involvement in the creation and theming of amusement parks 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.
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 former Paramount 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. In 2003, California's Great America, Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds all opened Nickelodeon Centrals and Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast opened. 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 £10 million, Pleasure Beach Blackpool opened Nickelodeon Land. 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). In 2012, Universal's Superstar Parade had its first performance which features floats based on SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer and later opened a SpongeBob gift shop in Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone.
|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||2000||2009||Hanna Barbera Land||Planet Snoopy|
|Canada's Wonderland||Nickelodeon Central||2003||2009||Hanna Barbera Land||Planet Snoopy|
|Carowinds||Nickelodeon Central||22 March 2003||2009||Happy Land of Hanna Barbera||Planet Snoopy|
|Dreamworld||Nickelodeon Central||26 December 2002||24 June 2011||Kennyland||Kid's World|
|Kings Dominion||Nickelodeon Central||2000||2009||Happy Land of Hanna Barbera||Planet Snoopy|
|Kings Island||Nickelodeon Universe||2001||2009||Happy Land of Hanna Barbera||Planet Snoopy|
|Mall of America||Nickelodeon Universe||15 March 2008||N/A||Camp Snoopy||N/A|
|Movie Park Germany||Nickland||2007||N/A||Unknown||N/A|
|Pleasure Beach Blackpool||Nickelodeon Land||May 2011||N/A||Beaver Creek children's park||N/A|
|Sea World||Nickelodeon Land||December 2011||N/A||Beach Break Bay||N/A|
|Sega World Sydney||Nickelodeon TV Machine||April 1997||2000||N/A||N/A|
|Sunway Lagoon||Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon||February 2, 2016||N/A||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||24 June 2011||N/A||Pipeline Plunge|
Below is a list of all of the attractions at Nickelodeon themed 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.
|Angry Beavers Spooty Spin||Matterhorn||2002-2011|
|Avatar Airbender||Half Pipe roller coaster||2008-|
|Avatar Air Glider||Giant Skychaser||2007-|
|Back at the Barnyard Hayride||Powered roller coaster||2008-|
|Backyardigans' Hip Hopper||Hopper||2007-|
|Backyardigans' Mission to Mars||Junior Roller Coaster||2007-|
|Backyardigans' Pirate Treasure||Swinging Ship||2011-|
|Backyardigans Mighty Go Round||Carousel||2008-2011|
|Barnyard Bumpers||Bumper cars||2007-|
|Balloon Race||Balloon Ride||2008-2015|
|Bikini Bottom Bus Tour||Crazy Bus||2011-|
|Blue Flyer||Junior Roller Coaster||2011-|
|Blue's Skidoo||Rotating Flat Ride||2003-2011||2005–2009||2008-||2007-|
|Boots Balloon Race||Balloon Ride||????-2009|
|Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler||Spinning Tower Ride||2015-|
|Crazy Cars||Bumper cars||2008-|
|Danny Phantom Flyers||Kite Flyer||2006–2007|
|Danny Phantom Ghost Zone||Teacups||2007-|
|Danny Phantom Ghost Zone||Falling Star||2008-2015|
|Diego's Rainforest Rescue||Balloon Ride||2011-|
|Diego's Rescue Rider||Rotating Flat Ride||2007-|
|Diego's Rescue Rider||Crazy Bus||2008-|
|Dora's Adventure Express||Children's Train||2007-|
|Dora's Big River Adventure||Log Flume||2007-|
|Dora's Dune Buggies||Rotating Flat Ride||2003-2009||????-2009|
|Dora's World Voyage||Boat Ride||2011-|
|Dora and Boots Sun Wheel||Ferris Wheel||2008-|
|Dora the Explorer Azul's Adventure||Children's Train||????-2009||2008-|
|Dora the Explorer Sea Planes||Rotating Flat Ride||2002-2010|
|Fairly Odd Coaster||Family Wooden Roller Coaster||????-2009||2005-2009|
|Fairly Odd Coaster||Spinning roller coaster||2008-|
|Fairy World Spin||Mack teacups||2013-|
|Fairy World Taxi Spin||Rotating Flat Ride||2011-|
|Flying Dutchman's Revenge||Rockin' Tug||????-2009|
|Ghost Blasters||Dark ride||2008-|
|Ghost Chasers||Wild Mouse||2007-|
|Go Diego Go||Jeep Ride||2005–2009|
|Ice Age Adventure||Flume ride||2007-|
|Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher||Bumper cars||2005–2009|
|Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Collider||Rotating Flat Ride||2008-|
|Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer||Suspended Family Coaster||2007-|
|Jimmy Neutron's Brainwasher||????-2009|
|Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast||Motion simulator||2003-2011 (USF)|
|Krusty Krab Order Up||Hopper||2011-|
|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|
|Log Chute||Log flume||2008-|
|Mystery River||Raft ride||2007-|
|Nick Jr. Drivers||Car Ride||2005–2009|
|Nick Jr. Jets||Flying Jet Ride||????-2009|
|Nick O Round||Carousel||????-2009||2002-2008||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-|
|Nickelodeon Studios||Television studios||1990-2005 (USF)|
|Pepsi Orange Streak||Steel roller coaster||2008-|
|Phantom Flyers||Kite Flyer||????-2009||2007–2009|
|Pineapple Poppers||Jumping Castle||2008-|
|Rocket Power Air Time||Swinging Ride||????-2009|
|Rocket Power Bumper Beach||Bumper cars||2002-2011|
|Rugrat Reptarmobiles||Bumper cars||2008-|
|Rugrats Lost River||Log flume||2011-|
|Rugrats Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster||Suspended Family Coaster||2003-2009||2003-2009||2002-2011||2001-2009|
|Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle||Laser Skirmish Dark ride||2002–2009|
|SpongeBob FlyPants||Kite Flyer||2008-2011|
|SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge||Euro-Fighter roller coaster||2008-|
|SpongeBob SquarePants Splash Bash||Splash Battle/Twist 'n' Splash||2007-||2011-|
|Team Umizoomi Number Tumbler||Zamperla Kiddie carpet||2013-|
|Teenage Robot Roundabout||Zamperla Kiddie carpet||2007-2012|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock||2012-|
|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|
|Wild Thornberry's Rain Maze||Water play area||2003-2009|
|Wild Thornberry's River Adventure||Water ride||2003–2008||2005–2009|
|Wild Thornberry's Treetop Lookout||2003-2009||????-2009|
|Wonder Pets Big Circus Bounce||Miniature Carousel||2011-|
|Wonder Pets Fly Boat||Hopper||2008-|
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.
|Blue’s Clues Live!||2002-2004|
|Character Show / Street Entertainment||2007-||2011-|
|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||1995-1996|
|Nicktoons Summer Jam!||2000–2001||2000-2001|
|Meet the Nicktoons LIVE||2003-2009|
|Slimetime Live! on Stage||2003-????||2002-2011||2002–2004||2002–2004|
|SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D||2003-2009||2002 – present
|SpongeBob SquarePants Bikini Bottom Bash||2006-2009|
|SpongeBob SquarePants Stories from Bikini Bottom||2005-2011|
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 former Paramount Parks from 2004 to 2007).
- "Dreamworld History" (PDF). Dreamworld. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Goodley, Simon (27 July 2010). "Nickelodeon signs Blackpool Pleasure Beach deal". Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Nickelodeon Land". Pleasure Beach Blackpool. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Kid's World - Where kids really do rule". Press Release. Dreamworld. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
- "Dreamworld Unveils Spectacular End of 2011: New World-Class Entertainment Alliance with DreamWorks Animation". Press Release. Dreamworld. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
- Potter, Derek (29 August 2009). "Cedar Fair says goodbye to Nickelodeon". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Flying Ace Aerial Chase (Carowinds)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Nickelodeon Central (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Wilson, Richard (29 June 2005). "Nickelodeon Central: from the ground up". Parkz. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Nickelodeon inks deal with Movie Park Germany to set up theme park 'Nickland'". Indian Television. 10 January 2007. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Nickelodeon Land opens in Blackpool". Park World Online. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Nickelodeon's Pipeline Plunge (WhiteWater World)". Parkz. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- "Get Nicked at Dreamworld". Parkz. 12 January 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Park Map" (PDF). Pleasure Beach Blackpool. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Rides by Height". Nickelodeon Universe. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "Attractions". Movie Park Germany. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Backyardigans: Mission to Mars (Movie Park Germany)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Park Map" (PDF). Dreamworld. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Ten New Nickelodeon Rides and Attractions For Paramount's Great America". Press Release. Ultimate Rollercoaster. 12 March 2003. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- MacDonald, Brady (16 January 2010). "Snoopy kicks Spongebob to the curb at California's Great America". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- Sinkowski, Luke. "Dora the Explorer Seaplanes". Facebook. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- Marden, Duane. "Woodstock Express (Carowinds)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Woodstock Express (Kings Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Ghost Chasers (Movie Park Germany)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Flyer (Movie Park Germany)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Great Pumpkin Coaster (Kings Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Woodstock's Express (California's Great America)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Rugrats Runaway Reptar (Dreamworld)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- Marden, Duane. "Flying ACE Aerial Chase (Kings Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "SpongeBob FlyPants (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Dreamworld Showtimes". Dreamworld. 2005.