New Jersey are you ready to be home to The American Dream? Mall that is. It’s the long awaited monstrous mall that was once called ‘Xanadu’. That project was stalled due to funding, but the vision was always there and that vision, renamed ‘The American Dream Mall’ will call East Rutherford, NJ home!
It’s set to open Summer of 2017 and will be home to some of the most extravagant destinations such as Nickelodeon Universe. Although we will not be the first in the country to get this theme park, we certainly welcome it with open arms.
When you envision The American Dream Mall, think of the mall of America times 2, plus the Pocono Mountains, plus 6 flags all wrapped into one. Something for everyone
The Indoor skiing slopes will be the first if it’s kind in NJ with realistic slopes and ski lifts.
Here is a glimpse into just some of what it is expected to be;
The largest mix of indoor facilities in the world, featuring a DreamWorks themed park… An exceptional destination for local residents and tourists. Open 365 days a year!
300,000+ square feet of unique and innovative family entertainment
225,000+ square feet of fun the entire family will enjoy
Big Snow America™ Indoor Ski Slope:
First indoor ski and snowboard park in the Western Hemisphere
180,000 square feet of adventure, featuring an 800-foot (16-story) ski slope for skiing, snowboarding and tubing.
26 climate-controlled gondolas provide 15+ guests/car with 25 minute panoramic view of the New York City skyline
Performing Arts Theater:
65,000 square feet
World-class intimate (1,500 seats) venue that will host live concerts and productions
NHL Sized Ice Rink:
Indoor ice skating facility to host recreational hockey, figure skating programs/lessons, and public skating/events
Movie Theaters – Cinemex:
As one of only four locations in the country, and the only location in the New York Metropolitan area, the 1,400 seat complex will host 12 duo screens, dine-in cinemas with private viewing rooms, oversize seating and Cinemex X4D. The X4D adventure engages all the senses with state of the art surround sound, moving seats, and an environment with wind, rain, snow, fog, and scents all synchronized to the on-screen action. This one of a kind experience will raise the bar for moviegoers and make watching your favorite movie truly unforgettable.
SEALIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND – Merlin Entertainments:
The SEALIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Center complex will comprise over 70,000 square feet at American Dream.
SEA LIFE is the world’s biggest aquarium brand with more than 50 major attractions across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific including: London, Paris, Bangkok, Auckland, Orlando and others. American Dream will be the first and only SEA LIFE aquarium in the New Jersey/New York area. SEA LIFE will highlight spectacular displays of diverse marine life for visitors to enjoy – everything from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks and rays. SEA LIFE will feature, as its stunning centerpiece, a tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel – taking visitors on a seamless journey under the sea which entertains, inspires and teaches both young and old. The attractions offer everything from spectacular viewing windows, giving a glimpse into the ocean itself, to enlightening talks, to feeding demonstrations and many other ways to interact directly with some of the incredible featured LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Merlin’s very popular and unique indoor family attraction based on the world’s favourite toy the LEGO® brick, will also be coming to American Dream. Described by the company as stepping into a giant box of LEGO, it has been designed specifically for families with children ages 3 to 10 to play together, offering a fun, highly interactive and educational two to three-hour indoor experience.
Adventure Golf is an 18-hole miniature golf course certain to provide a fun adventure for the entire family
Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace. “Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”
Idris Elba / Shere Khan
Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”
Sir Ben Kingsley / Bagheera
Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home. “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military–he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
Lupita Nyong’o / Raksha
Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups–including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant. “She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.”
Christopher Walken / King Louie
King Louie is a formidable ape who desperately wants the secret of Man’s deadly “red flower”–fire. He’s convinced Mowgli has the information he seeks. “King Louie is huge–12 feet tall,” says Christopher Walken, who voices the character. “But he’s as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be.”
Giancarlo Esposito / Akela
Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”