When you think of shopping, you probably don’t think of a waterpark or a ski slope, but the American Dream Meadowlands mega-mall in East Rutherford, NJ is redefining the shopping mall experience. Once its new expansion is completed in 2016, the mall will include an indoor amusement park, waterpark, ski slope and ice rink with more than 400 retailers and restaurants, a performing arts theater and movie theatres. The expansion—including the amusement park building and waterpark building—will be topped with Birdair’s ETFE film roofing systems.
With a target opening date of fall of 2016, American Dream’s 639,000-square-foot indoor amusement park and water park will include a 20-story “drop ride” believed to become the world’s tallest and 80-foot-high glass walls that will allow drivers on nearby highways to see in—and park guests to see out. The facility will also feature the only indoor ski and snowboard park in the Western Hemisphere, featuring an 800-foot ski slope as well as an observation wheel with 26 climate-controlled gondolas that will offer a 25-minute panoramic view of the New York City skyline. Finally, an NHL-sized ice rink and 65,000 square-foot performing arts theater and an aquarium with more than 10,000 sea creatures will all be part of the experience.