Looking to have the slime of your life? The Nick Hotel in Orlando, FL, caters exactly to that wish. Hosting shows like “You Can't Do That On Television” and “Double Dare,” Nickelodeon is no stranger to slime, and the one-of-a-kind Nick Resort gives an opportunity to get slimed every single day.
With a total of thirteen water slides, the Nick Hotel has a water play structure with an unique twist. There's a massive bucket that gets filled with green slime and dumps all over the play complex. Yes, the slime washes out, and yes, there are other opportunities to be messy, like getting a pie in the face.
Each night, the hotel hosts a “Double Dare” show. Members of the audience are selected to participate. You never know what challenges might be included, but there's usually some sort of liquid goo, a few faces covered in pie remnants and an obstacle course that allows a whole team to get down and dirty.
Whether picking through an overgrown nose for a gooey flag or pulling the rip chord to get slimed, there's bound to be some surprises for both shock and laughter. One person got made into a human hot dog, which meant adding condiments, like a shower of mustard. Others popped slime filled balloons.
The Nick Hotel allows Nickelodeon to come to life. In the morning, join all your favorite characters for brunch. Sponge Bob, Patrick, Blue, Dora and a slew of others stop by to sing, dance, pose for pictures and play at breakfast; as if the fun of characters were not enough, the breakfast buffet is great.
There's a carving station, as well as a create-your-own-omlette station. Fresh Florida citrus is featured, along with family favorites, such as French toast sticks and pancakes shaped like Sponge Bob. There is a variety of food that would satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, and endless drinks like chocolate milk.
If it's your birthday, be prepared to dance. They hand out special birthday buttons and pass out cupcakes with green slime and gummy worms, complete with a candle to blow out. The whole experience makes dining with the Nickelodeon characters one to remember for a lifetime.
There's also a number of other dining options. While the Orlando area offers almost anything one could imagine, the Nick Hotel also offers the convenience of having food on site, which varies from the buffet, to Subway, and pizza served with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flair. Of course, the hotel has microwaves and refrigerators in every room, so you can also prepares meals while on the go.
This can be a handy option, as there's so much to see and do in the Orlando area. The Nick Hotel offers shuttles that run not only to Universal Studios, but the Disney Theme Parks and other local attractions. It is conveniently located near a massive outlet mall for shopping, but there's much to do at the hotel.
If watching the “Double Dare” show is not enough, then step inside one of the 4D attractions and experience entertainment in a whole new way. There's a salon on site for manicures, pedicures and hair extensions, and there's an arcade where people can test their skills. Try to find Horacio the swan swimming in the lagoon, and keep an eye out for Patrick and Sponge Bob swimming there as well.
You'll find the Rug Rats fishing. Dora plays in the garden. The Fairly Odd Parents smile down on you.
Everywhere you look, Nickelodeon characters are coming to life in the décor. Even the rooms are themed. Ours featured an underwater mural with Sponge Bob keeping watch over some bunk beds.
Of course, Sponge Bob also keeps watch over the bucket of slime on top of the watery play set, along with a slew of other characters. There are two main pools, and each pool has a jungle gym, complete with water slides. These are not intense slides, as they do not have extreme drops, but they are fun and curvy, created with children in mind, twisty and meandering, as opposed to the white knuckle slides.
There's knobs to twist, ropes to pull and wheels to spin. Splash in water with the big kids, or little ones can roam in their own play area of squirts and sprinkler showers. Lifeguards ensure children's safety.
Parents can relax in one of the jacuzzis. Get pampered with a poolside massage. Drink by the pool.
The pool area offers a plethora of activities, from putt-putt golf in view of the water slide jungle gym, to a series of basketball courts and a billiards table. Splash under a showering mushroom. The pool is long enough to do laps, with a dividing line between the shallow and deep ends; the pool has a beach-like entry that gradually deepens like a lake, as opposed to a traditional stairway entrance to the pool.
There's fun to be had all year round. The rooms are good sized, with multiple televisions, to ensure that everyone can watch their shows, and options like pull-out sofas make for sharing the fun with friends. Special events throughout the year provide great excuses to get away with the family to the Nick Hotel.
The only thing bad was that the resort almost caters a little too much to their guests. While they have excellent customer service, and they strive to answer any and all questions, a wait might be involved. That's the only complaint we had and heard, that things like check-in might take a couple minutes extra; perhaps we came during the week when they were understaffed, but others were eager to share.
It's not that the service was bad, as it was quite excellent. At the time when we came, it simply took a little longer that we had planned, and others had similar experiences. Be patient and calmly wait.
It will all be worth it. You'll literally have the slime of your life. With water slides, all your favorite Nickelodeon characters, the daily “Double Dare” show, 4D experiences, an arcade, basketball, billiards, massages, pedicures, hair wraps, putt-putt golf and shuttles to Disney and Universal, there's so much to do, see and experience at the Nick Hotel, you'll want to make sure you stay long enough to enjoy it all.
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