I was provided complimentary unlimited ride wristbands to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Review: Nickelodeon Universe
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is big. So big that it not only houses over 520 stores but also Nickelodeon Universe… a seven acre indoor amusement park with 27 rides.
That’s right! 27! It’s amazing to me how many rides fit into such an indoor space but it is so well designed that it doesn’t feel cramped. Just the opposite, in fact. The skylights, trees, and plants give it an open feel.
My youngest daughter, age 11, isn’t much of a shopper so she was excited to give Nickelodeon Universe a try. It meant getting to do something fun instead of tagging along with my wife and 14 year old shopaholic, older daughter as they looked for deals in the mall.
After getting our wristbands we headed to El Circulo Del Cielo… the ferris wheel at Nickelodeon Universe. This was a great move and the first ride everyone should go on.
From the ferris wheel we spied the next ride we wanted to tackle; the Pepsi Orange Streak.
This was my daughter’s first experience on a roller coaster. It was a fun ride and not too intense but my daughter didn’t quite know what to make of it. She liked it, was glad she did it, but wasn’t sure she’d want to do it again.
After that we decided to search the park for their penny presses. My daughter has a collection and was eager to add to it.
My daughter has always loved carousels so that’s where we went next. We both thought it was cool that they had a handicap accessible space on it. That’s something that we haven’t seen on a carousel before.
The Crazy Cars bumper cars are cool, as is the Pineapple Poppers bounce house, and the log chute water ride.
My daughter and I decided some of the other thrill rides Nickelodeon Universe offers might be a little to intense for us so we passed on them… but if you’re an adrenaline junkie I have no doubt that these thrill rides will have you laughing and screaming in enjoyment.
I was really impressed at the mix of rides at Nickelodeon Universe. They have something for everyone from the toddler, to the thrill seeker, and everyone in between!
Along with the rides, there are a few attractions like mini-golf, a ropes course, and zip line. We didn’t do these on this trip but on the previous one my daughter did the ropes course and had a blast!
It has dare devils climbing and balancing up to 56 feet above Nickelodeon Universe.
Nickelodeon Universe is a great option for a family like mine; made up of both shoppers and non-shoppers.
The staff is friendly and keep the rides going with great efficiency. We hardly had to wait at a ride all day!
You can pay to go on just one or two rides… but if you plan on spending the day and riding a lot of rides go for the unlimited wristband. It’s your best value… and you can save $5 buy purchasing in advance, online. The zip line, ropes course, and mini-golf attractions have separate pricing.
One thing you should definitely do is document your day at Nickelodeon Universe by taking a picture at the main entrance. Sit right down and have someone take your picture. You’ll be glad you did! 😉