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A Day at Nickelodeon Universe

We must be getting old because both my friend and I came home exhausted and bruised. We had so much fun getting on the rides at Nickelodeon Universe inside the Mall of America. If you hadn’t heard, yes, there is a theme park inside of the mall. Which makes complete sense in a city like Minneapolis where the snow and cold shows no mercy. Would you expect anything less than a theme park inside the largest mall in the United States?

A Day at Nickelodeon Universe www.hollydayz.com ©2016 HollyDayz

Inside of the Mall of America is a fun time where weather doesn’t matter, Nickelodeon Universe. Although we ventured out into the cold briefly, in reality you never really have to go outside to reach the mall from the airport. We took the light rail directly into the parking level of the mall and walked right inside! The train station was a cold so a light jacket would suffice.

Mall of America ©2016 HollyDayz
Mall of America ©2016 HollyDayz
Prince Store ©2016 HollyDayz
Prince Store ©2016 HollyDayz

We didn’t get the opportunity to really explore the mall, but it was huge with about 4 floors and several corridors. We did run across a very cool Prince store, but it wasn’t yet open. We did peak in to try to get a glimpse. Afterwards we spotted the rides and immediately ran over to look at everything with excitement. You would have thought we were little kids as we quickly tried to find our way down to the main level.

Nickelodeon Universe A Day at Nickelodeon Universe ©2016 HollyDayz
Nickelodeon Universe A Day at Nickelodeon Universe ©2016 HollyDayz

Once we got downstairs we started trying to figure out which rides to go on. There were plenty to choose from. Being that kids were at school and it was the middle of the day during the week there weren’t many people there. Lucky us because there were no lines for any ride. Dreams come true! In fact some of the rides, my friend and I were the only ones on them, one of them was the Backyardigans Swing Along which ended up making my stomach turn, clearly a sign I am getting old.

Backyardigans Swing Along ©2016 HollyDayz
Backyardigans Swing Along ©2016 HollyDayz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock ©2016 HollyDayz
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock ©2016 HollyDayz

There were so many rides we were just running aimlessly around like kids. I got really excited on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Shell Shock ride. I had sat in a Michelangelo seat, which is my favorite, and didn’t even realize it at first. It was fate. Fun ride, I should have gotten back on it! Next time!! Another ride, Brain Surge, all the flipping forward and backward multiple times was no joke. My friend said that was her favorite ride! The Pepsi Orange Streak was fun, a bit of whip-lash, but a lot of fun!

Brain Surge ©2016 HollyDayz
Brain Surge ©2016 HollyDayz

Soon after we ran over to Crazy Cars. I haven’t been in bumper cars in so long so I was happy to hop in a car. I wish the area was a bit bigger, but besides that I had a ton of fun bumping into people and swerving around. The cars has great steering and turned where I wanted it.

Crazy Cars ©2016 HollyDayz
Crazy Cars ©2016 HollyDayz

After Crazy Cars we decided to head on over to Fly Over America. It is a must do! Fly Over America was such an amazing experience. We waited in a room for a while watching singing pumpkins and such. We had a good ol time dancing to the music. One of the employees was enjoying watching us, he said he never seen anyone dance to the music. They had a full on Halloween edition going which was cool. Once we were in our seats we took off flying all over different parts of America. Mist sprayed us as we flew through the clouds. It all felt so real.

Fly Over America ©2016 HollyDayz
Fly Over America ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the places we flew over ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the places we flew over ©2016 HollyDayz

Being so amazed and staring at the Fly Over America map for a while we headed for SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge. That ride is no joke! The drop on that thing is serious and goes straight down. I would take off any dangling earrings if you are wearing them. I thought mine were going to come off, luckily they didn’t. Talk about a thrill!

SpongeBob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge ©2016 HollyDayz
SpongeBob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge ©2016 HollyDayz

Next up was the Dutchmen’s Deck Adventure. We didn’t do the obstacle course, but we did zip-line. It was my friend’s first time zip-lining. It took her some time before she decided to come off the platform, but when she did she enjoyed it. I love zip-lining and this was great. We zipped from one side of Nickelodeon Universe to the other and then back. It does cost an extra fee to zip-line and do the obstacle course, but if you purchase the all day bracelet they give you a discount.

Dutchmen's Deck Adventure Course ©2016 HollyDayz
Dutchmen’s Deck Adventure Course ©2016 HollyDayz

After zip-lining we went down some slides. The stair climbing to get to the slides were rough. I hate stairs, but that was my work out for the day. After the first slide I climbed up to the higher slide. I was questioning myself because all the stairs were so tiring. Ironically on the way down the higher slide both my friend and I hit the same knee in the same spot. She ended up with a bruise and me a knot. War wounds well worth it!

Lego Store ©2016 HollyDayz
Lego Store ©2016 HollyDayz

We walked around some more laughing and joking. We even saw a really cool Lego store which I will have to stop into next time. There were a ton of other cool rides. Some weren’t running, but more reason to go back. There is something from everyone even the little kids! I am excited to go back and for anyone who is planning to go.

Rugrats Reptarmobiles ©2016 HollyDayz
Rugrats Reptarmobiles ©2016 HollyDayz
Carousel and El Circulo Del Cielo ©2016 HollyDayz
Carousel and El Circulo Del Cielo ©2016 HollyDayz

It was an amazing day and I hope to go back soon. It was fun seeing some character I grew up on, very nostalgic. I am sure any kid or adult would love to get on any of these rides.

Disclaimer: Thank You to the Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe. Whilst receiving an invitation all opinions and views are my own and have not been influenced. 

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50 Comments

  • Mimi Green

    I’ve never been to Mall of America. I had no idea they had a full on amusement park. That is so freaking dope. I can’t handle any ride that just spins me around in circles.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea they do and it is a good time. Apparently I can’t handle it as well as I thought either, but I did it anyway lol. Had a lot of fun.

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  • staciesayzso

    Yep! Been there many times! Wish I had of known you were in my town, I would have told you all the muct do places at the Mall. Hope we treated you kindly. 😉

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    • Holly Dayz

      I didn’t know that was your neck of the woods! Next time I will have to reach out so I can get some good info from you! Beautiful place.

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  • Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    Wait…what?! There’s a Prince store opening? You had me at Prince store (lol). A theme park inside the mall is a fabulous idea.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea inside the Mall of America. It is, and be the biggest they can handle it all.

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  • Tanya Barnett (@RealWifeCoach)

    My kids would have loved this had I know about this years ago. Looks like a lot of fun!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I am sure they would have a great time even now. I know we did.

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  • Michelle Malone

    Wow…this has got to be the best mall ever! I had no idea there was an amusement park inside. Thanks for sharing. Great post!

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is a great mall. I need to go back to explore it more.

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  • Antoinette Cain

    Wow! An indoor amusement park. I love shopping and I love amusement parks. I have to visit!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yes, go visit. You will enjoy it.

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  • Tiffany H.

    I have never been to mall of America or Minneapolis! Now I want to take a trip there! Isn’t it fun to act like a kid even though you are no longer one!! This looked like lots of fun!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it is a lot of fun. Especially when they have certain characters that you grew up watching.

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  • Kiwi

    I have always wanted to go to the Mall of America. I grew up on Nickelodeon and even went to Univeral Studios for a few years as a child and loved to visit Universal Studios Nickelodeon Studios. Those were the days but glad a piece of the essence is at Mall of AMerica.

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    • Holly Dayz

      You should go. It has plenty to offer. Those were the good ole days for sure!

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  • Dang Travelers

    I had heard there was a theme park, but didn’t realize it is a Nickelodeon one! I would love to take my nephews, it sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Yea it is Nickelodeon and a bunch of fun. They would have a great time.

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  • Kavey F

    That looks like such a fun day! Not been to Mall of America either, but have long been curious to visit. Love Universal and I think my nephews will love Nickelodeon Studios!

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    • Holly Dayz

      You nephews would have a blast and I think you may enjoy it as well. It was a lot of fun.

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  • carla

    I will definitely love spending a day here, Its great to be a kid again once in a while! Thanks for sharing this!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Being a kid again even for a few hours is a good time!

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  • diningtraveler

    Sounds like a fun day for kids (and the kids at heart). It’s interesting to see that a lot of malls are improving their entertainment beyond shopping….

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    • Holly Dayz

      We were def the kids at heart, not so much body lol. It is good that they are because shopping isn’t always all it is cracked up to be lol

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  • Rashmi and Chalukya

    An amusement park inside a mall sounds amazing. I wonder how big would the mall be 🙂 As much I love watching those colorful and exciting rides I cannot really enjoy any rides as they really churn my stomach. Looks like you had a great day.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is the largest in the United States so you can imagine it is pretty big! My stomach turned a bit too, but I still had fun.

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  • hcura

    Mall of America really is a crazy place. There’s so much to do there! I’d like to try those rides and see the rest of the mall as well – that lego store is looking at me 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      There is plenty to do there. I have to go back soon. The Lego store wants you to come visit!

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  • Nisha

    What a day full of activities. I like crazy cars and crazy about them. 🙂 Lego is another activity which keeps me in one place for long. And I’m not a kid! 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      Kid at heart is all you need to be!

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  • Tammyonthemove

    I think if I took my hubby to the Lego store he would never come out again. Sounds like a great place overall!

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    • Holly Dayz

      At least you know where to find him while you explore lol.

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  • Sarah

    Wow! I had no idea that this even existed at the Mall of America. My kid would love this, heck I would love this. I’m loving that there’s a TMNT ride and the fact it’s all inside is awesome, no worries for too hot or too cold.

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    • Holly Dayz

      The TMNT ride was awesome! Inside makes it all the better because you don’t have to worry about the weather. You should go and take your kid.

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  • Carol Perehudoff

    I went to the Mall of America once and all I did was shop. Sounds as if you had a much better time. If I’d known about Fly Over America I would have done it for sure!

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    • Holly Dayz

      Fly Over America was such a great experience. If you go back check it out.

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  • Brenda, Andrew & B (@DishOurTown)

    The Mall of American looks enormous! You certainly had a great time there, the Prince store looks really cool, I’m a huge fan of his.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is huge! I wish I could have gone inside the Prince store.

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  • Shannon

    I’ve wanted to go to the Mall of America ever since I learned about it when I was a kid. I have no idea why, it has just always called to me and having an amusement park in it makes it even more amazing. I’m not sure I’d actually buy anything in the mall, but I’d love to go there just to experience it. Its so cool that the park is Nickelodeon themed too, I grew up watching Nickelodeon but nothing related to it was ever anywhere near me.

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    • Holly Dayz

      It is calling you and you need to answer. It was so much fun you would really enjoy it. I grew up watching Nick as well. I miss the old Nickelodeon shows.

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  • Sara Broers (@TravelWithSara)

    You recapped this all very well! The Mall of America is a destination in itself and not to be missed when visiting the midwest.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Thank you it is certainly its own destination.

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  • Eva

    That mall looks like it will take the whole day to explore! It has a theme park… my word. Looks huge, but definitely a lot of fun 🙂

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    • Holly Dayz

      I think it would take more than a day to really explore it to be honest. It is huge.

      Reply
  • Trisha Velarmino

    OMG! I’m a nick fan when I was younger. This so cool! A theme park inside a mall? that’s so awesome! Would love to visit this place soon. No one is old for a theme park!!!

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    • Holly Dayz

      So was I! I loved Nick when i was a kid. I hope you do get to visit. We were def big kids when we went.

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  • MUAKimPorter

    I need to visit one of these days. It looks amazing! I wonder how it compares to Dubai Mall.

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    • Holly Dayz

      Dubai Mall is really nice. It is huge, but there is no theme park in it. Dubai Mall is the largest in the world.

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  • LaQuisha Hall

    I want to visit the Prince store, LOL! This looks so fun!

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    • Holly Dayz

      I wanted to go inside, but it wasn’t opened yet. I was peaking in there though.

      Reply

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