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American Dream Will House Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | October 02, 2015

American Dream Will House Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center

Photo courtesy of Triple Five

Developer Triple Five is building a giant shopping and entertainment center called American Dream New Jersey, and the company announced Thursday it will be adding Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center attractions to the design.

Triple Five already owns two of the largest shopping malls in the world, with Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall — which draw a combined 70 million visitors a year — and is focusing on the New York/New Jersey market for this latest project.

The developers at Triple Five have teamed up with Merlin Entertainments to bring the company's most popular attractions, Sea Life Aquariums and Legoland Discovery Centers, to American Dream.

When completed, the full-size Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center portions of American Dream will encompass over 70,000 square feet combined, and will be a focal point for tourists when visiting the area.

Triple Five president Don Ghermezian released a statement about the partnership with Merlin, saying, “We are delighted to expand our partnership with Merlin Entertainments. Legoland and Sea Life are iconic national and international brands which perfectly fit with our vision of creating a retail and entertainment destination, which appeals to both tourists and local residents. They deliver a high quality, interactive visitor experience that is both educational and fun. It simply cannot be duplicated.”

Sea Life Aquariums have more than 50 major locations across the world, but the opening of a facility in American Dream will be the company’s first in the New Jersey/New York area. As for the Legoland Discovery Center, the area will be designed for children ages 3 to 10 and will feature interactive, entertaining and educational indoor experiences.

The American Dream building project will be conducted in phases. Phase one of construction is expected to be completed in late summer 2017, and it will house roughly three million square feet of retail and entertainment space and host 40 million guests each year.

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