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DreamWorks Water Park New Jersey Awaits It's Wave
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The DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream, scheduled to open over Thanksgiving hasn’t quite caught the big wave yet. Located in the Meadowlands at the new megamall that also includes an amusement, skating rink, and a newly opened ski slope, the themed water attractions does not have a rescheduled opening date as yet. The reason for the delay? Also unnamed, but a New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs spokesperson said ride inspections have not yet taken place.

When the 8.5-acre park does finally open, it will feature 40 water slides and 15 attractions themed after DreamWorks characters, including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar characters such as Melman the giraffe. It will be the largest indoor water park in the U.S.

Among the attractions: a lazy river; an indoor body slide with a 142-foot drop, billed as the nation’s largest; and 31 luxury cabanas. The cabanas were designed by New Jersey-native Jonathan Adler. Each of these attractions are arranged around the centerpiece of the waterpark the state-of-the-art wave pool.

While the water park itself isn’t open yet, the wave pool – itself 1.5 acres – was tried out by members of the New Jersey area surfing community last month in a private surfing session. The sneak look was set up by the manufacturer of the PerfectSwell wave pool system which designed the wave pool at American Dream.

PerfectSwell creates a paddle-in surfing experience that copies the natural dynamics of the ocean itself, using an air pressure system to produce the swells.
Once the water park opens, surfers will be able to book sessions and surf wannabes interested in learning how to surf can take lessons at the wave pool.

American Dream began opening to the public on October 25. The opening was planned in stages with the amusement park Nickelodeon Universe and the NHL-regulation size ice skating rink – appropriately called The Rink—already opened. Now, the Big Snow indoor ski slope has opened too. It was originally planned for a roll out after the wave park. In March of 2020, shops, dining, and other entertainment experiences will be rolled out at American Dream.

As to the continued wait for the water park, American Dream spokesperson Dana McHugh has said “Creating the ultimate entertainment experience takes time and patience. Unfortunately that means we’ll have to wait a little longer for the opening of DreamWorks Water Park.”

While the reason for the delay has not been clarified, the bottom line for water park fans is this: the water park isn’t offering big waves and a summery vibe just yet.

However, as noted, the water park may be delayed, but Big Snow opened on schedule December 6th. The snowy ski attraction is described by American Dream as North America’s first indoor, real-snow ski and snowboard center. The grand opening was attended by hundreds of skiers and snowboarders, who were joined by Olympic champions Kelly Clark, Red Gerard and Lindsey Vonn.

To hit the slopes: park goers ride two escalators up from the parking lot. There, wristband scanners are employed to bring guests through the locker rooms, then onto the slope and to the ski lift.

The environment is designed to be controlled and accessible – in short, to introduce new skiers to the pleasures of the sport. SNOW Operating, which runs Big Snow also runs Mountain Creek in Vernon and serves as a consultant for major resorts in Canada, Colorado and other ski areas.

Making things even easier for novice skiers, visitors to the indoor slope don’t need to dress in ski attire. Along with providing skis and boots, Big SNOW offers lesson packages that even include the necessary winter attire from jackets to ski pants.

The slope rises 160-feet with a graduated incline that is shaped from 5,500-tons of real snow. The snow is sprayed by snow machines; to get the park ready, it was sprayed every night and day for an entire month.

At the top, the slope offers a 26-degree incline. It’s designed to be similiar to that of an intermediate ski run, starting visibly steep, then dropping off as it moves downhill to a more gradual incline as it progresses.
 
Skiers and snowboarders are not the only snow lovers on the indoor mountain: Sno-Go snow bikes are also available and proved a popular choice for attendees who were unfamiliar with winter sports. They should continue to add interest as an entry-level experience.

The air temperatures on the American Dream slope hover at 28 degrees Fahrenheit. But despite the regulated chill, because of all the human activity inside, the snow gradually melts throughout the operating day. The park has a special system in place which is designed to collect the snowmelt for redistribution -- as fresh snow.

And, supplementing the snow level at all times: dozens of snow guns are mounted around the park, ready for snowy activation at a moment’s notice. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; until the water park opens with a balmier attraction, the snow should prove a winter sports enthusiasts’ distraction.
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