Nickelodeon, a cable network with a variety of programming primarily aimed at children, does not have a stand-alone amusement park in Florida, though it used to have a presence in one of the Sunshine State's biggest theme parks. Nickelodeon Studios was a former attraction inside Universal Orlando Resort that provided guest tours and filmed some of the network's live shows from 1990 to 2004 before closing in 2005. However, visitors to Orlando still can experience Nickelodeon-themed characters, accommodations and attractions at Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the network's only themed hotel.
About the Resort
Nickelodeon Suites Resort lies within a short drive of Orlando's three major theme parks and in many ways is like an amusement park itself, with two interactive water parks and a variety of other activities tailored to children. The resort has 777 suites and is less than 5 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, less than 7 miles from SeaWorld and about 10 miles from Universal Orlando Resort. Nickelodeon Suites Resort provides accommodation packages with reduced prices for Florida residents, as well as packages that include admission to SeaWorld, Universal Orlando and Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, less than 35 miles away.
Perhaps the primary attractions at Nickelodeon Suites are the resort's two water parks. The Lagoon Pool, set in a large courtyard, includes a heated pool with zero-depth entry, a four-story interactive water tower with seven slides and flumes, climbing nets, water jets and a 400-gallon dump tank that sends water and even the network's famed green slime over guests who are brave enough. Poolside attractions include the Lagoon Grill & Bar, rental cabanas, two large whirlpools, miniature golf and basketball courts. The smaller Oasis Pool area, on the resort's west end, includes an Olympic-style swimming pool with slides and flumes, a splash zone for preschoolers, a children's play area, snack bar and rental cabanas.
The water parks aren't Nickelodeon Suites' only attractions. The resort also is home to a 4-D Experience movie theater, arcade, children's spa and Studio Nick, home to "Double Dare Live," a twist on the network's former game show. The resort's mall area also includes the Nicktoons Cafe, a food court, convenience store and souvenir shop. Nicktoons Cafe has a daily character breakfast where guests can meet and get autographs from SpongeBob SquarePants and other characters from the Nickelodeon show, and other network characters also make appearances at the resort, including Dora the Explorer and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nick After Dark is a supervised program that provides nightly activities for children ages 5 to 12, allowing parents to enjoy an evening out.
Nickelodeon Suites Resorts has accommodations that range from one to three bedrooms in size and include high-speed Internet, dining areas and full kitchens or kitchenettes. The options include a one-bedroom family suite and two- and three-bedroom KidSuites that include master bedrooms and semi-private children's bedrooms decorated with Nickelodeon themes and characters such as SpongeBob and Dora. Three-bedroom suites include two master bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen and a large family area.