American Dream mall opens doors to public


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The American Dream features an indoor ski slope that can be enjoyed 365 days a year.

Abigail Hancsin, The Delphi Staff

For over 20 years, what was once known as one of the ugliest buildings in NJ has been transformed into a five billion dollar mall known as the “American Dream Mall.”

Triple Five developers have been working tirelessly on this building, located in East Rutherford, to transform it into a center that will be utilized half for entertainment and half for retail. There are multiple set “opening dates” for different parts of the mall, mostly through the end of 2019 and early 2020. Two sections of the mall opened on October 25th: Nickelodeon Universe theme park and The Rink. 

Nickelodeon Universe is typically open until 9 pm and is open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets for the park run between $34.99 and $59.99 depending on the amount of access to the park a visitor wants.

The Rink is an NHL regulation size ice rink that is available for hockey and figure skating renting. A ticket for 1 day will cost $19 for anyone over the age of 10, $12 for visitors between 3-10 years old, and skate rentals will cost $6 with free helmets available. The Rink’s hours are the same as the Nickelodeon Universe but with significantly cheaper expenses.

The Dream Works water park will open soon, where you can take a dip in Madagascar’s RainForest, the Kung Fu Panda Zone, Shrek’s Swamp, and the largest wave pool in the world (1.5 acres)! The water park is also home to another one of the world’s largest attractions, the tallest indoor water slide, which stands at 142 feet tall.  Guests will have more than 40 water slides, 15 attractions, and 31 luxury cabanas to choose from. 

Snow-lovers should countdown the days until December 5th when the slopes at Big SNOW open and will stay open for 365 days a year. Big SNOW will host skiers and snowboarders, along with lessons and camps), and it will entertain pros and novices alike. Shops at the Big SNOW will also bring visitors deeper into the winter experience by offering a variety of apparel and other merchandise for purchase.

Lastly, in March of 2020 more than 350 shops will open to the public, including high fashion stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermes, and more. Other stores ,more popular to high school-aged teens, will include stores like Zara, H&M, Sephora, and more. This opening will include more than just stores; Experience marine life at its finest at the Sea Life Aquarium, and younger children can visit Legoland Discovery Center. Visitors can also take a spin on the 300’ Observation Wheel to have a great view of Manhattan and visit CMX Luxury Movie Theatre to watch the most recent blockbuster. 

For food lovers, the March 2020 Grand Style opening will bring lots of delicious, fine dining as well as a 20,000 square foot “It’s Sugar” candy store that spans over three levels. Munchies Food Hall will also be opened for the first time ever, serving food made by world class chefs, eighteen vendors, culinary events, and more. Co-founder John Martin says the goal of the food hall is to modernize the food court to make it more high end.  

For more information concerning all that the mall will have to offer, visit the American Dream’s website at