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This article is about the indoor amusement park. For the Nickelodeon-themed area inside Kings Island theme park, see Kings Island.


Nickelodeon Universe (originally Knott's Camp Snoopy, later known as The Park at MOA) is the seven acre (28,000 m²) amusement park located in the center of the Mall of America (MOA), in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA.

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The current Nickelodeon Universe logo, used since 2010.

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The original Nickelodeon Universe logo, used from 2008 until 2010.

Design

Nickelodeon Universe is primarily lit by a glass ceiling, which is also the source of most of the heat for the Mall of America. It was originally built by Knott's Berry Farm. Unlike many indoor amusement parks, Nickelodeon Universe has a great deal of natural foliage in and about the park, and its floor has a wide variance in height - the highest ground level in the park is 15 feet above the lowest. This allows for a far more naturalistic experience than would normally be possible in an indoor amusement park.

The Park has some small roller coasters, but mainly has flat ride due to space constraints. Near the Rugrats Reptarmobiles is the site of home plate for Metropolitan Stadium, which was located on the site of the Mall.

History

As Camp Snoopy

The park was originally known as Knotts Camp Snoopy, and later, simply Camp Snoopy, and was themed around the Charles M. Schulz Peanuts comic strip characters. Camp Snoopy themed areas are still located at the following Cedar Fair parks: Cedar Point, Dorney Park, Knott's Berry Farm, Worlds of Fun, and Michigan's Adventure.

Camp Snoopy was never aggressively themed to the Peanuts franchise; the park had a very outdoors and woodsy feel with more subtle references to the Peanuts franchise. Much of the original theming in Camp Snoopy fountain and all around the park were already toned down by the time the rights to the Peanuts characters were lost.

Theming that was removed from the park prematurely and was never replaced include various kites near the ceiling, Charlie Brown and Lucy playing baseball above the Sports grill restaurant (although their baseball remained suspended in the air afterwards), theming in Snoopy fountain, the retheming of Snoopy Boutique the Snoopy Bouncer, and the Snoopy Shop [1] and much smaller theming.

On April 7, 1998, New Horizon Kids Quest, Inc. opened a Kids Quest hourly child care facility in Knott's Camp Snoopy. The facility incorporated 17,385 ft² and served children ages six weeks to twelve years until it was removed in 2007. [2]

In 2005, there were plans to revitalize the Camp Snoopy image, and a new logo was introduced in October, called the "roller coaster logo" to replace the "canoe logo", however this did not last long as there were even bigger and unexpected changes coming within the next few months.

Nickelodeon Universe

The park's new licensing deal and name, "Nickelodeon Universe", was announced on July 25, 2007.[3] Construction began on August 27, 2007 with work to be completed in sections so 80 percent to 90 percent of the park remains accessible at all times. Nickelodeon Universe was completed on March 15, 2008.[4]

New rides include SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter style coaster themed after the Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants, the Splat-O-Sphere, a tower drop-ride in the center of the park, and the Avatar Airbender, a surf-rider attraction located in the center of the park as well. The shooting gallery beneath the Ripsaw/Orange Streak roller coaster was gutted, and was replaced by the Rugrats Reptarmobiles.

The site of the Mystery Mine Ride was completely demolished to make way for SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, a new Gerstlauer roller coaster. This site also included an Old Time Photography studio, and restrooms. Old Time Photography relocated into the mall (but not within the park) and restrooms did not return in this section of the park.

Levy Restaurants partnered with Nickelodeon Universe to include a themed restaurant at the park. The restaurant is called EATS, and it is located in the former Park at MOA food court.

On March 12, 2008, the Star Tribune reported that the price of ride points, daily wristbands, and, in particular, annual passes would take a significant price hike once the park transitioned to Nickelodeon Universe. The price for an annual pass, which has remained $99 per year since the park opened in 1992, will increase to $250, and daily wristbands will be raised from $24.95 to $29.95. Some decried the price increases as being unjustifiably high, when compared to other parks, such as much larger Walt Disney World at $249.95 and local park Valleyfair at $79.95-$99.95. Others defended the pricing as necessary to accommodate the millions of dollars of investment needed to rebrand the park as Nickelodeon Universe. [5]

Rides/Attractions

The park is free to enter, but the rides require patrons to purchase a varying number of tickets (points), depending upon the type of ride. Unlimited single rider wristbands or season passes are also available.

Rides

Thrill rides
Camp Snoopy The Park at MOA Nickelodeon Universe
Pepsi Ripsaw Pepsi Ripsaw Pepsi Orange Streak
Screaming Yellow Eagle Screaming Yellow Eagle Danny Phantom Ghost Zone
The Mighty Axe The Mighty Axe Tak Attack
Timberland Twister Timberland Twister Fairly Odd Coaster
Treetop Tumbler Treetop Tumbler Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Collider
Mystery Mine Ride (1992-2007) Mystery Mine Ride (1992-2007) xx
xx xx SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge
xx xx Avatar Airbender
xx xx Splat-O-Sphere
Family rides
Camp Snoopy The Park at MOA Nickelodeon Universe
Carousel Carousel Carousel
Bumpers Bumpers Crazy Cars
Ghost Blasters Ghost Blasters Ghost Blasters
Paul Bunyan's Log Chute Paul Bunyan's Log Chute Log Chute
Skyscraper Ferris Wheel Skyscraper Ferris Wheel El Circulo del Cielo
The Kite-Eating Tree Tree Swing Backyardigans Swing-Along
Kiddie rides
Camp Snoopy The Park at MOA Nickelodeon Universe
Balloon Race Balloon Race Balloon Race
Bloomington Express Bloomington Express La Aventura de Azul
Snoopy Bounce Bounce Pineapple Poppers
Camp Bus Camp Bus Diego's Rescue Rider
Frog Hopper Frog Hopper Wonder Pets Flyboat
Li'l Shaver Li'l Shaver Back at the Barnyard Hayride
Red Baron Red Baron Blue's Skidoo
Speedway Speedway Swiper's Sweeper
Truckin' Truckin' Big Rigs
Huff and Puff (1992-1995) xx xx
xx xx Rugrats Reptarmobiles

Dining

  • Caribou Coffee
  • Schwan's Ice Cream Cafe
  • Cool Treats
  • Various carts featuring popcorn, ice cream, pretzels

Retail

  • Nickelodeon Store
  • nuStuff (Nickelodeon Universe merchandise)
  • SpongeBob 4U
  • TOYS

Former retail

  • 4U

Arcade

  • Namco Arcade

References

External links

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The article or pieces of the original article was at Nickelodeon Universe. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Nickipedia, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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