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Nickelodeon Suites Resort
Nick-hotel-Logo.svg
General information
Location 14500 Continental Gateway
Orlando, Florida[1]
Opening July 7, 1999[2] (as Holiday Inn Family Suites)
March 9, 2005 (as Nickelodeon Suites Resort)
Closed June 1, 2016[3][4]
Owner Urban Commons[5] (UCCONT1 LLC.)
Technical details
Floor count 6
Design and construction
Developer Miller Global Properties[6]
Other information
Number of suites 777[7]
Website
www.nickhotel.com

Nickelodeon Suites Resort (also known as Nick Hotel and Nickelodeon Family Suites) was a Nickelodeon-themed hotel in Orlando, Florida, United States, near the Universal Orlando Resort and one mile from Walt Disney World Resort.[8]

The resort featured one-to-three bedroom suites and two waterparks, the Lagoon Pool and Oasis Pool.[9] A "4-D" film theater using SimEx-Iwerks technology,[10] 3,000-square-foot arcade, golf course, multi-level basketball court and "Nick After Dark" event locations were also open at the hotel. The resort contained a mall with a Nickelodeon-brand retail shop and a buffet known as the "Nicktoons Café,"[11] among other restaurants. Near the entrance of the resort was a time capsule formerly buried outside the former Nickelodeon Studios complex at nearby Universal Studios Florida.[12]

Nickelodeon Suites Resort was named one of the AAA's top ten family vacation spots in 2010,[13] and in 2011, the hotel became the first to receive the AHLEI's Certified Guest Service Property Designation.[14]

History[edit]

The original hotel opened on July 7, 1999,[15] and was branded the "Holiday Inn Family Suites." At an October 9, 2003 press conference in New York City,[16] Holiday Inn and Nickelodeon announced a partnership and renovation of the hotel, which would transform it into the Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn.

In 2005, the hotel's $25 million[17] renovation ended with a Memorial Day event to promote the hotel's reopening. At this time, the resort began hosting two nightly game shows, titled Nick Live and Who Knows Best[18] (a Double Dare-themed game show was added in 2012).[19]

Nickelodeon Suites Resort began offering customizable wedding packages in 2009.[20] In 2014, the resort launched the "Summer of Shell," adding Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed rooms and a laser maze based on the show.[21][22] In August 2014, a Guinness World Record (for most people in one place dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) was broken at the hotel's Lagoon Pool with 1,394 participants.[23] Later the same year, the hotel promoted the premiere of Dora and Friends: Into the City! with a preschool-themed event featuring costume characters from Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, Little Bill, Team Umizoomi, Wonder Pets! and Julius Jr.[24]

2015 marked the resort's tenth year under its Nickelodeon name and the hotel hosted weekly celebratory events from March 6 until November.[25]

Closure[edit]

On January 29, 2016, Nick Hotel posted an official statement on their website stating that effective April 18, 2016, the hotel would be rebranded into a Holiday Inn. Nickelodeon experiences were set to be discontinued after April 30, 2016,[3] but were extended until May 31, 2016, after the rebrand was pushed back to June 1, 2016.[4] Sometime before the resort's closure, the time capsule previously held at the resort was moved to Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, California, leaving Orlando for the first time since its initial burial.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "6 Amazing Resort Pools in the US for Families". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ "Holiday Inn Family Suites - Orlando, FL". Holiday Inn. Archived from the original on 1 March 2000. 
  3. ^ a b Dineen, Caitlin (29 January 2016). "Nick Hotel to become a Holiday Inn". OrlandoSentinel.com. 
  4. ^ a b "Hotel in Orlando | Nickelodeon Suites Resort | Orlando Resort". www.nickhotel.com. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Can $250 million and a Ferris wheel finally turn the Queen Mary into a Long Beach tourist destination?". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "Global Holdings - Nickelodeon Hotel". Miller Global. 
  7. ^ Daly, Sean (19 February 2013). "Orlando Nickelodeon Suites Resort awash in everything SpongeBob". Tampa Bay Times. 
  8. ^ "Hotel in Orlando - Nickelodeon Suites Resort - Orlando Resort". Nickelodeon. 
  9. ^ Pittman, Craig; Robinson, Sherry (22 September 2005). "Soak it in...Orlando's Nickelodeon-themed Holiday Inn makes a splash". St. Petersburg Times. 
  10. ^ Gaudiosi, John (27 December 2012). "How Video Gamers Are Influencing the Way Carnival Designs Cruise Ships". Forbes. 
  11. ^ "Nickelodeon Suites Resort closes the summer with a preschool celebration". Business Wire. 16 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Mejia, Paula (11 January 2015). "The Coolest Time Capsules Yet to Be Opened". Newsweek. 
  13. ^ "AAA Inspectors Pick Their Favorite Places for Family Vacations". American Automobile Association. 
  14. ^ "The Nickelodeon Suites Resort is first hotel to receive Certified Guest Service Property Designation". Marketing Weekly. 22 October 2011.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  15. ^ "Holiday Inn Family Suites - Orlando, FL". Holiday Inn. Archived from the original on 1 March 2000. 
  16. ^ "Nickelodeon Family Suites". Archived from the original on 10 October 2003. 
  17. ^ Jackson, Jerry (28 May 2005). "A resort with character(s)". The Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 1, 2016. 
  18. ^ Spencer, Terry (27 June 2005). "Nickelodeon Hotel: Where green slime is a selling point". USA Today. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Be Part of the Act This Summer with Double Dare Live at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort". Marketing Weekly. 26 May 2012.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  20. ^ "SpongeBob now available as the best man at your wedding". Attractions Magazine. 3 August 2009. 
  21. ^ "Nickelodeon Suites Resort to Launch 'Summer of Shell' with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Travel & Leisure Close-Up. 13 May 2014.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  22. ^ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle laser maze now open at Nick Hotel". Attractions Magazine. 1 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans break World Record at Nick Hotel". Attractions Magazine. 9 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Nickelodeon Suites Resort to Hold Preschool Celebration". Entertainment Close-Up. 21 July 2014.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  25. ^ "Nickelodeon Suites Resort Marks Its 10th Birthday with a Yearlong Celebration". Business Wire. 
  26. ^ Roseboom, Matt (February 26, 2016). "Nickelodeon Time Capsule to be moved to new Nick studios in California". Orlando Attractions Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 

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