American Dream, the long-delayed retail, dining and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, has announced it will open to the public on Friday, October 25, 2019.
Among the tenants opening at the 3 million-square-foot project will be the indoor Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and DreamWorks Water Park, comprising 16 acres of fully enclosed family amusement experience; Big SNOW Ski and Snowboard Park, North America’s 1st indoor snow sports center; the Ice Rink, an NHL‐size skating and hockey facility; Angry Birds 18‐hole Miniature Golf experience, and retail tenants.
“We know that the community has been eagerly awaiting the launch of this incredible global destination,” said Don Ghermezian, president of American Dream. “We have a one‐of‐a‐kind property that will reshape the way people think about entertainment, theme parks and shopping.”
Proposed in 1994 by the now-defunct Mills Corp. as Meadowlands Mills, then Meadowlands Xanadu, the project has gone through multiple delays and ownership changes. Construction began and was delayed in 2009 due to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Canadian Triple Five Group, developer of West Edmonton Mall in Canada and Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, gained control of the project in 2013 and construction resumed in 2017.
“American Dream brings its guests an unrivaled destination for style and fun. It’s unique mix of entertainment (55%) and experiential retail (45%) will welcome and entertain guests, embracing everyone in a new retail and entertainment revolution, where everything is possible” said Ken Downing, chief creative officer for Triple Five Group.
Totaling approximately 3 million square feet, American Dream will house hundreds of diverse retail, dining, entertainment and fashion experiences including: the Coca‐Cola experience, featuring the Coca-Cola Social Lounge; Merlin Entertainments’ LEGOLAND Discovery Center & SEA LIFE Aquarium; CMX Luxury Movie Theatre; Munchies Food Hall; Kidzania, an internationally known role‐playing experience for kids; American Dream Observation Wheel; a performing arts center; and over 100 dining and specialty food offerings including over 20 full‐service restaurants, Coca‐Cola “Eats” Food Hall and Kosher Food Hall; and the Collections at American Dream – luxury retail anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York and featuring Hermes, Tiffany & Company, Dolce Gabbana, Moncler and Watches of Switzerland.