Looking for a Nickelodeon experience on your next family vacation? The popular children's TV cable network has partnered with several hotels, resorts, and cruise lines to create Nickelodeon experiences for vacationing families in North America and the Caribbean.
One of the most globally recognized entertainment brands for kids and family, Nickelodeon has built a global following by putting kids at the center of everything it does. The company’s portfolio includes TV programming and production around the world, plus special events, recreation, books, feature films and more.
Since 1999, Nickelodeon has brought its themed entertainment to the travel arena.
The Original Nick Hotel
The first venture was the original Nick Hotel, also known as the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando. The resort opened in 1999 and proved wildly popular with families for years. It featured two on-site waterparks, and non-stop games and entertainment programmed by Nickelodeon, including:
- character breakfasts with Sponge-Bob, Dora the Explorer and other Nick characters
- poolside TV show-style games
- the chance to get a pie in the face or be "slimed," the ultimate honor
- nightly entertainment in special theater Studio Nick, with lots of guest participation
In summer 2016, the Nick Hotel slimed guests for the last time and was sold. It is now the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites and Waterpark.
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
A new all-inclusive Nickelodeon resort launched in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2016. This resort in Punta Cana is Nickelodeon’s first-ever international hotel property. Highlights include luxurious suite accommodations, a la carte dining and 24-hour room service, family programming, a kids' club, and themed Nickelodeon entertainment, including Nickelodeon character meet-ups and slimings.
The first resort of its kind in the Caribbean, this resort features features 208 oversized suites, the one-of-a-kind Pineapple Villa, and a wide variety of upscale accommodations all feature playful Nick-inspired décor that brings out the inner kid. The resort is located on Uvero Alto Beach, 25 miles north of Punta Cana Airport.
Nickelodeon Experience at Azul by Karisma Resorts
In summer 2015, Karisma Resorts and Viacom partnered to create the Nickelodeon Experience at Azul Hotels by Karisma, a collection of family-friendly properties in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. The experience includes character meet-and-greets with Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There are also custom kids’ check-ins, Nickelodeon concierges, a Nick Toy Lending Library, and special Nickelodeon themed amenities.
Headquarters for the Nickelodeon Experience at Azul Hotels is the Azulitos Playhouse for young kids, which features multi-purpose rooms, characters, themed water play areas, and playground structures with rope climbs, jungle gyms, and teeter totters.
Open since 2008, Nickelodeon Universe is a 7-acre indoor amusement park in Mall of the Americas in Bloomington, Minnesota. It contains 27 rides, inlclude a half a dozen roller coasters.
Nickelodeon on Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line teamed up with Nickelodeon to offer themed experiences onboard its ships. The partnership has ended. The last cruises to offer Nickelodeon experiences sailed in January 2016.
Nickelodeon Getaways at Pointe Hilton Resorts in Arizona
Nickelodeon Getaway are no longer offered at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort outside of Phoenix. These packages were offered on select weekends and holiday periods.
Nickelodeon Resorts by Marriott
Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, and Marriott International were in talks for several years to develop a Nickelodeon-themed multi-resort chain, but it never came to be. Notably, there was to have been a much-hyped 650-room Nickelodeon Resort in San Diego that never materialized. Other resorts were to be located not only in the US, but also in Caribbean, Mexico, and beyond.
- Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher