Park at MOA becomes Nickelodeon Universe with new rides

Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2007 9:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

If it wasn't already, Mall of America is about to become center of the universe. Nickelodeon Universe. Changes at the park will go much deeper than the name. Mall of America is investing about $30 million in park improvements including four new rides, healthy food options and a high-tech ticketing system.

Read more from The Pioneer Press.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 10:07 AM
Sweet! Sounds like we're getting a Disk-o too!

I always had my suspicions about the fountain. Seemed like the only logical place to install a free-fall (bouncing spring?) ride. I only hope it isn't from S&S. Not that I don't like them--I do, especially when they're cranked up. But given the noise can generate over time (VF's farting Turbo Drop, anyone?) it might suffer a fair amount of downtime.

The $30 million upgrade cost is more than a traditional outdoor park would pay. Remember, the heavy demolition / contruction won't start until after 10 pm.

-'Playa

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 12:29 PM
Any alternate for that article? Requires registration.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 1:03 PM
Google News is your friend.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 1:27 PM
"Camp Snoopy had popular characters, but limited possibilities. Nickelodeon is high energy and constantly evolving."

Exactly why CF should put down the dog and negotiate the Nick rights for all their properties.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 1:49 PM
Jeff's avatar It didn't require registration for me to read.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:01 PM
This link doesn't require registration.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:16 PM
When they talk about the Spongebob coaster, do they mean the Eurofighter that was announced before Nick came in to town?

Will the first hill go straight up, over, and straight down the pineapple house?

Will the cars look like boats?

This could be a whole new thread. But I digress.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:24 PM
Is the mystery mine ride the simulator ride???
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:35 PM
"Sweet! Sounds like we're getting a Disk-o too!"

I think that the Avatar ride they are talking about is the Half Pipe.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:40 PM
I'm guessing SpongeBob is the Eurofighter. Themed to a driving lesson? Yes! PLEASE!

Some of the older press releases made it sound as if the Eurofighter was themed to Avatar--but I guess the (apparent) Disk-o will be themed to it instead, much like PKI. Perhaps a bit more subtly? One can only hope.

-'Playa

*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 7/24/2007 2:45:06 PM ***

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:55 PM
It's an amusement park Playa. When did subtly become part of the equation? :)

-Tambo

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 3:08 PM
But it's also an indoor park with 500 tenants coughing up lots and lots of money to lease space. So the NIMBYvoices are more likely to be heard...

Oh who am I kidding? A 20-foot tall cartoon character won't make any audible NOISE. We're doomed. *puts head in hands*

-'Playa

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 3:49 PM
I would prefer a half pipe to a disk-o but either one is fine if we are getting a Sponge Bob eurofighter. This is great news. The only ride I can think of for the spring ride is an S&S double shot. I am all over that.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 3:58 PM
rollergator's avatar Half-pipe? Serious? Why? I mean, it's a coaster I guess, but if MY money were on the line, I'd go with the proven product from Zamperla... ;)
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 4:54 PM
Because I went on a disk-o at MtO and it did not impress me at all. I'd rather have a bigger faster ride even if it has 50% down time.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 5:41 PM
http://www.rcdb.com/id3727.htm here is the link to spongebob and it is a lot cheaper then I would of thought. 2.9 million is not alot of money for a coaster these days.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 5:54 PM
sws's avatar This is very good news. The Park at MOA seriously needed a new direction. This is encouraging. Via overflow, it could even breathe some life into the 4th floor entertainment area of MOA. Much of that area has been empty for a couple of years. Even the Hooters on the 4th floor was dead on a Saturday evening couple weeks ago when we stopped in.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 8:37 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Jeff & Neuski - both links send me to a regisatration page.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 10:05 PM
^Same here.
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