And when I say Splish Splash, I'm NOT talking about someone named Nick visiting Splish Splash Water Park, in Long Island, NY, one of the areas favorite waterpark with wave pools, water slides, and themed water attractions for family fun.
I'm talking, however, about one of the most amazing places/hotels/water park (if you may) that we have visited and covered in a very long time. I'm referring to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL where we recently spent 4 days having nothing but fun and great time with the family. This magical place by far, is one of Orlando’s best options for families outside of a theme park, with access to two on-site water parks. The Oasis water park, with an Olympic-size pool, waterslides, and a kids’ play area, and The Lagoon water park, with a zero-depth entry pool, a four-story water tower, waterslides, two Jacuzzis, and a 400-gallon “dunk tank". And to make your fun, 'funner', they have Studio Nick, the Kid’s Spa, the 4-D Experience, Code 9 Teen Lounge, and a 3,000-square-foot Arcade. And if all this was not enough, there is the Nickelodeon Suites Resort Mall which is the hub of shopping, dining and entertainment activity with its restaurants, convenience store and souvenir shop. Not only is the Nick Hotel Mall your destination for all things Nick, it can also be your jumping-off spot for all major Orlando area attractions with their convenient shuttle service.
The Nickelodeon Suites Resort, also known as the Nick Hotel, rolled out the orange carpet and welcomed its first family on March 9, 2005. The hotel has been SLIMING and thrilling guests daily ever since. And for those of you who may not be familiar with SLIME... well, Slime has always been with Nickelodeon since it first splashed forth over the television airwaves in 1982 on the Nickelodeon show You Can’t Do That On Television. Leading slimeologists believe that the early success of the show was a bonding experience for slime and Nickelodeon. The close association between Nick and slime was off and oozing. A short time later, slime played a major role on the various iterations of Nickelodeon‘s hit game show Double Dare, boosting Nick‘s ratings through the stratosphere. By then, no one could doubt that slime and Nickelodeon were a pairing that was simply meant to be. And the relationship continued with such slime-covered Nick offerings as Outta’ There, Figure it Out and, Slime Time Live.
As the historical record indicates, Nickelodeon and slime are inseparable. You might even describe the relationship as synergistic: without Nickelodeon, the world would not have been introduced to slime; and without slime, Nickelodeon might never have experienced its phenomenal success.
But enough of Slime for now... The 24-acre Nickelodeon Family Suites hotel plunges families into a kid-centric paradise. Between daily character breakfasts, nightly interactive game shows in the Studio Nick soundstage, the two pool areas with play areas and mega super slides, as well as lots of messy pie-in-your-face fun, parents will be hard-pressed to get their kids to leave.
As we drove into the hotel's parking lot and caught glimpses of SpongeBob, Pablo and Jimmy Neutron beckoning us from their posts atop the hotel's bright orange rotunda, our 11 and 4 year old kids were static, happy and could hardly contain their excitement. Upon entering the lobby, which is decorated around the edges and borders by two yellow SpongeBob Square Pants and gigantic images of Diego, Dora, Boots, SpongeBob and Jimmy Neutron, we were instantly struck by the entire friendly atmosphere the property expounded. Both our children were speechless (and that's kind of hard to do) as they walked into the lobby and stared in wonderment at the massive white balls hanging from the center of the rotunda, and the brightly colored walls, featuring the signature Nickelodeon paint splatters.
The Nick Hotel and Resort is a cartoon episode come to life; as far as the eye can see every square inch of the structure is painted in bright orange and green, with Nickelodeon's signature paint splatters and life-size characters embellishing its facades. The resort is laid out with two large courtyards around two water parks and pools, with its suites spread out throughout in 14 buildings, each of which is six stories high.
The hotel offers an array of dining opportunities on property with experienced chefs. It's a Bikini Bottom Breakfast on land! Hula your way to the breakfast buffet and hang out with SpongeBob SquarePants and some of your other favorite deep-sea dwellers. It's high tide at the Nicktoons Cafe, so catch a wave and have plenty of fun! The Nicktoons Café also offers other dining options in a full-service setting, with an à la cart and buffet menu for select meals.
Dine poolside at The Lagoon Shop & Grill where the chef serves up fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, snacks and grilled favorites. For guests on the run the Food Court in the Mall offers selections provided by Antonio’s Pizza, Subway, and Cravings, featuring Starbucks®. The Lounge provides adults with a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere to relax and enjoy a cocktail, frozen drink or after-dinner coffee in a full-service bar. A full room service menu is also available.
Nickelodeon Suites Resort takes suites to the next level by providing kids with their own bedroom and enough space for the entire family. It features 777 themed rooms and you can select from a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom suite.
The 1-Bedroom Suite offers a private master bedroom, parlor area and a kitchen. The fully equipped kitchen includes a stove-top range, full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, extended counter-top and cookware and flatware, a 32”LCD flat-screen television, and high-speed Internet access in the parlor.
The 2-Bedroom sleeps a family of up to six. Nickelodeon themed-suites available featuring Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. The semi-private themed kids 'bedroom includes bunk beds or two twin beds, 20”television and in-suite television movie rentals.
The 3-Bedroom can sleep up to eight and has two bathrooms and three bedrooms, and is ideal for larger and extended families traveling together. Adjoining rooms are also available and are perfect for large group and even grandparents.
The whole experience is by far something every family should try and enjoy. Here are some fun and amazing facts of this wonderful property:
The hotel’s website receives approximately 300,000 unique visitors per month.
The resort has welcomed more than one and a half million (1,500,000) families since 2005.
In the summer of 2011, the Nick Hotel Slimed over 100,000 guests during its Summer of Slime Celebration.
Every year, the hotel celebrates more than 15,000 birthdays and 100 family reunions.
Last year, the hotel celebrated 20,000 military guests; 3,835 teachers; and 862 heroes (EMT, police, firefighters)
For six years in a row, the hotel has celebrated Girl Scouts in the Spring. Since the 1st Annual Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot event in 2007, we’ve had over 10,000 Girl Scouts and their families visit the Nick Hotel.
In 2009, the hotel celebrated 681,906 guests.
The Entertainment and Recreation team uses 250,000 gallons of slime and 10,000 whip cream pies a year.
More than 175,000 people eat, sing and dance with SpongeBob and friends at Character Breakfast each year.
A whopping 250,000 guests participate in the live, interactive stage shows in Studio Nick and 300,000 play the most popular game, Slam a Winner, in the Arcade.
More than 73,125 families visited in 2006, and in 2009 the resort celebrated the arrival of the one-millionth family.
There’s nothing like water parks during summertime. The kids are ecstatic, the weather is hot, and the energy is soaring. The fun never ends at these aquatic playgrounds, but The Nick Hotel is all this and more 365 days a year. NEED WE SAY MORE?