These 2 American Dream amusements won’t open until 2020
08-05-2019 | Star-Ledger
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By Allison Pries | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comAugust 4, 2019
The SEA Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at the American Dream will not open during
the mega-mall’s initial October 25 opening.
A representative for Merlin Entertainments, Paul Torres, said at Mdest19 -- a travel and tourism
conference last week organized by Meadowlands Live! Convention and Visitors Bureau -- that the
attractions will open in early 2020.
SEA Life will have 10 interactive exhibits. “With this we’re doing something different. We’re creating
exhibits inside of these tanks that reflect New York with the landmarks and New York moments,”
SEA Life has nine U.S. locations and others worldwide. Visitors to the American Dream aquarium will
see shrimp, starfish, seahorses, sharks and rays. The centerpiece will be a tropical ocean tank with a
walk-through underwater tunnel. Among the interactive exhibits will be feeding demonstrations.
Merlin also will open a Legoland Discovery Center at American Dream that will consist of a LEGOthemed ride, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and more.
Both attractions are expected to occupy 35,000 square feet each, according to a joint statement from
American Dream developer Triple Five and Merlin when the tenants were initially announced.
“My company felt that this was really top tier, this whole entire location, and I was really impressed
with the fact that they really wanted to move forward with this project,” Torres said.
Merlin is also building a Legoland in Goshen, New York that will open in 2020.
Merlin Entertainments is the third largest entertainment company in the world, behind Disney and
Universal Studios. It also owns Madame Tussauds celebrity wax museums and the London Eye.
American Dream, developed by Triple Five, will be 55 percent entertainment and 45 percent retail. It
will have more than 450 retail, food and specialty shops and more than 15 entertainment venues
including indoor water and amusement parks, a live performing arts theater and an NHL regulationsized ice rink. It’s located along Route 3 and the New Jersey Turnpike in East Rutherford.
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