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