Similar to its sister property Mall of America in Minnesota, American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 20 miles from Manhattan, is an entertainment complex to travel to for shopping and family fun. However, where Mall of America dedicates 45 percent of its square footage to entertainment and 55 percent to retail, American Dream flips those figures.
More than half of American Dream is designed to cater to families with attractions while the 400-plus stores opening here will each feature an out-of-the-box, experiential component.
Here’s why your family may want to plan a visit:
The first indoor ski facility in North America, Big Snow boasts a 1,000-foot slope of real snow, divided into blue and black runs for skiing and snowboarding. Purchase a ticket online before you leave home or at the ticket counter once you arrive.
Tickets start at $30 each for two hours on the slope. Day passes, lessons and gear rental are also available. Kids aged 6 and under ski free with an accompanying adult, although you will need to rent equipment if they do not have their own.
Winter sports fans can also skate at the separate NHL-sized ice skating rink at the mall. Skate rentals are available, helmets are free.
Opened Oct. 25, Nickelodeon Universe features the tallest and longest free spinning coaster, the steepest roller coaster and tallest indoor spinning drop tower. But it’s not all thrill rides. While one-third of the indoor park is dedicated to thrill seekers, one-third is for tots and the other third for families.
Kids must be accompanied by an adult in the park although there is a wristband option allowing access to the park, but not the rides. Be on hand to snap a few photos of your kids with favorites like SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer characters.
DreamWorks Water Park
The largest indoor water park in North America, DreamWorks Water Park is expected to open soon following a postponement of its original debut. When it does, guests can experience more than 40 slides and attractions, including the world’s largest indoor wave pool, largest hydromagnetic coaster and the world’s tallest indoor body slide.
The temperature will be a constant 86 degrees Fahrenheit, and you’ll still be able to get a tan even though its indoors — the roof allows natural light to come in but doesn’t block UV rays.
When completely open in March, American Dream will also feature a CMX Luxury Movie Theater, SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 300-foot-tall observation wheel, two 18-hole mini golf courses and a KidZania family entertainment center. The mall is also planning an aviary, koi pond and grassy area with live bunnies.
Thinking of spending a few days seeing everything the mall has to offer? American Dream is already zoned for a 3,500-room hotel that should begin construction soon.
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Disney Parks around the world shut down for months due to the global pandemic. Since then, most parks reopened, but with restrictions like limited capacity, no Fast Passes and more. Guests hoped they would bring back the beloved Fast Pass, allowing guests to skip long lines and head straight to the ride.
The St. Regis Punta Mita encourages guests to take a break from devices with the Disconnect to Reconnect experience. The offer promotes a digital detox, focusing instead on physical and mental wellness.
Before Disney Parks around the world shut down due to the global pandemic, guests were allowed to purchase and enter the parks with an Annual Pass. This ticket let visitors enter the parks multiple times a year, get discounts on food and merchandise, and more. Since reopening, Disney dropped the Annual Pass due to lower capacity and the reservation system. Recently, Disneyland Resort announced a new pass system for frequent visitors: the Magic Key Holder. There are a couple different levels for the passes, so make sure you do your research before purchasing.