Nickelodeon Universe

Nickelodeon Universe, Bloomington: Hours, Address, Nickelodeon Universe Reviews: 4.5/5

Nickelodeon Universe
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2,304 reviews
Very good

Chicago, IL89 contributions
Great place
Aug 2021
Value was ok, great as a veteran pricing but full price maybe not. Kids will have a blast as they enjoy all the rides.
Written September 20, 2021
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David Z
Gurnee, IL18 contributions
Price reasonable and smaller crowds
Sep 2021
Place was fun and easy to access. Bought all day ride pass and for 4 people it was less than $200. Rode some rides in the morning, then went back to hotel for lunch, then came back and shut the place down. Typical trashy amusement pack crowds, sadly that is our society and I don't think I will every accept it. Great for smaller kids, older kids might get bored after 1 hour.
Written September 7, 2021
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Milwaukee, WI207 contributions
Fun but think ahead
Aug 2021 • Family
Others have said it can be confusing as far as getting an all day band called tickets for the rides. We got there and bought our bands off a kiosk. You can also get at a customer service counter or in the shops so it’s sort of confusing to me as most parks like that have a main gate where things are explained and signs explain what’s what. We didn’t know if we as adults needed all day bands, etc.

We went on a Tuesday and also were able to get a toddler Tuesday band for $15. Great deal but keep in mind the rides it works on is limited. It bit us twice when the four of us waited in line for a roller coaster to find our on top our little guy could not go with his band. Same thing with another ride. Yes they provide a list I just missed it in the chaos. We had to buy extra tickets for that so in the end we paid the same as an all day $44 band.

Lines weren’t bad at all for us. Some rides closed with lack of employees, including the log ride which we were bummed about. They do sanitize a lot though and have sanitizer accessible all over. No character meet and greets this week either - boo.

They sell socks for $1 across from the paw patrol play area in case you go without them like we did.

All in all we enjoyed it it’s just the pricing and not knowing what band etc to go with. I think one flag entrance fee to cover everything would work nicely - and less then $44 would be good! - but it’s also nice to have the option to buy points and ride things here and there over the course of days if needed.
Written August 14, 2021
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Geneseo, IL14 contributions
Great weekend trip!
Aug 2021 • Family
My family of four visited the park on a Sunday and had a great time! Kids ages 9 and 11. Longest line for larger roller coasters was 30 minutes in the afternoon but if you get there when it opens the lines are very short for the first hour or so. Yes, a few rides are closed but there were still plenty of rides to experience and my kids were more than satisfied. We bought the unlimited pass which was definitely worth it as we rode one roller coaster 10 times and another 6 times over the course of the day! We took a two hour break in the middle of the day for shopping and lunch and came back to enjoy the park some more.
Closures are listed on the website. It’s possible that more rides are open on the weekends than the weekdays so I would check the site before you go.
Overall great experience. Several thrill rides for older kids including teenagers and I saw several fun rides for the littles open as well. There is a really awesome Paw Patrol playground for the littles that my kids were disappointed they were too tall for! Pepsi Orange Streak is a great starter coaster for the kids that are in between. They really do pack a lot of fun in the middle of a mall!
Written August 2, 2021
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6 contributions
Very Fun, But...
Jul 2021
The park itself, located smack dab in the middle of the Mall of America, is really amazing to look at and experience. The rides are very creative and well put together in a place with a limited height and ability to add the type of rides often found at amusement parks. That said, there are a few things that can be improved:

1. The credit system seems like it can get complicated if you aren't paying attention- if you plan to spend any significant time here, I would recommend getting the wristband for all day admission to all the rides.

2. When I was there, there was only one car operating on all of the rides and as a result, even though the lines weren't especially long, they moved about as fast as a tortoise. Be ready to stand aimlessly for a while.

3. There were many rides that were not operating because of COVID. Personally, I suspect this is more because of staffing than the virus, but it was noticeable and detracted from the experience for me. I'd probably advise waiting to visit until 2022 (or whenever the remaining rides reopen) if your plans allow.
Written July 30, 2021
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Jodi P
Iowa96 contributions
Long lines be patient
Jul 2021 • Family
The lines for all rides were super long!! Most hand sanitizer stations were empty and I never saw anyone wiping anything down. The rides were fun for all ages! The shark attack 5D is horrible dont waste your money but the mine ride is awesome!!
Written July 25, 2021
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David R
52 contributions
Kids first amusement park
Jul 2021 • Family
I want to preface my review by saying I had a great time. It was better than expected and my family had a great time. I was surprised at the rides they were able to do for the space they had and how fast the lines were moving. I thought it would of been like a typical amusement park and my kids would of had to just be standing in line all day and it would kill it for them. But, for the most part I would say the longest line was maybe 20 mins long. Granted it was a Monday, which according to the pricing guides, was a “peak day” (more on that later). So for 20-30 min waits weren’t bad at all.

The bad
A lot of the rides aren’t open. I would say probably half are operational, maybe less. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still some cool things in there. But it’s disappointing to see some of the bigger things not up and running. What is running, some of them aren’t included with your wristband/points. So it’s kind of crappy to have rides closed and have some of those that are opened be an additional cost. Speaking of cost, I’m not sure how pricing was since this was my first time there. However, 45 dollars for a bracelet seemed a bit steap as did some of the points packages since you weren’t able to really do most of the park. Overall the staff was pleasant, but some of them didn’t follow their own posted rules. For example, the first time my kids rode the fairly odd parents rollercoaster. On the marker , it states that you had to be a certain height to ride alone, a certain night to ride with a chaperone, and a certain height to even be allowed on. However, if you needed a chaperone, the chaperone ride for free. When my wife and kids made it to the front of the line, I stayed with our belongings, the ticket scanner told my wife that this wasn’t the case that she had to pay to ride with my son who needed a chaperone and was fairly rude about it. Later on, I went with them on this ride and I was not charged. Also, there was an incident where somehow one of the riders of the Pepsi ride stood up, so they shut it down as we were walking up and kept saying they were going to open it up eventually but needed to follow the process. We checked in and asked for an eta but never got one. Finally we left, having used our points, and as we’re leaving saw it was opening again. It was a bit frustrating for the kids as it was the biggest ride available and they couldn’t ride it only for it to open as we were leaving.

These are pretty nit picky things, but something to keep in mind
Written July 16, 2021
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Saint Louis, MO112 contributions
Great family experience!
Jul 2021
My family had a great time at Nickelodeon Universe. We didn't get the unlimited rides bracelets as I'm old and knew I wouldn't be able to ride everything! We bought points and this was perfect for our small family. The ferris wheel and log flume were closed but all of the other rides were running. The lines were hardly long and the staff members were mostly friendly. I would highly recommend coming to this theme park if you find yourself at the mall!
Written July 14, 2021
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John M
Marion, IA37 contributions
Good visit - would be better post pandemic
Jul 2021
We researched ticket prices and there was not much consistency that we could find. Buying rides online seems not to be a savings generally. The walk-up, self-serve kiosks seem to be the best value when we visited. If you buy tickets in the Nickelodeon store just near the kiosk, they charge you more. We ended up buying the points tickets (rather than the all day use wristband). We did go back and buy more points several times, but in the end, this was cheaper than buying an all day wristband pass. Our four and eight year olds would have had a hard time getting the value out of an all day pass due to larger crowd size and wait times. Buy tickets early as the lines to buy grow quickly.

Most of the food places in Nickelodeon Universe were shut down (maybe all of them were? I can't recall). Regardless, we had to go into the mall to get snacks and drinks. This could be a staffing issue or still under pandemic protocol. Either way, it would have been nice to stop and get a snack right by the rides with young kids.

The character meet and greets were almost non-existent. This would have added to the experience.

The hours of Nickelodeon Universe could be adjusted longer, especially for families staying in the connected hotels. An 11am opening time provides a lot of time with kids in the morning (especially when the kids get up at 6am!) Earlier ride starts would be ideal. It wouldn't be bad if there were other things to do, but nothing else in the mall opens early.

Overall, good experience and fun time.
Written July 7, 2021
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Gurnee, IL218 contributions
Fun visit
Jul 2021 • Family
We visited the amusement park on the 4th of July, we arrived around 10am right when it opened. It was not crowded at all, we were able to get on the rides right away. Didn't get busier till close to noon. The only dissapointed we had was that the log ride was closed down and there really aren't that many rides for kids around age 10 who are too big for kiddie rides but not brave enough for scary upside down rides. I think we went on 4 or 5 different rides. We enjoyed our visit, we are hoping to plan a longer visit next time!
Written July 6, 2021
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