Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dreamworks Characters Find New Theme Park Home in NJ Meadowlands

EDITOR'S NOTE: Developer Triple Five also owns and operates West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (the Western Hemisphere's largest mall and urban entertainment center) and Mall of America in Bloomington, MN (largest in United States). The $3.7 billion American Dream, formerly known as Xanadu when construction was started under a different developer, will become the world's largest mall/urban entertainment center when it opens, with 7.5 million square feet of space.  - JK

East Rutherford, NJ, USA /PRNewswire/ -- Triple Five® and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. have announced plans to model a unique indoor theme park at American Dream™ at Meadowlands around the beloved characters found in DreamWorks Animation films.

American Dream at Meadowlands, a unique retail and entertainment destination, will house the first North American theme park to exclusively feature DreamWorks Animation characters, including favorites from the Company's blockbuster films of Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Puss in Boots andMadagascar.

"American Dream at Meadowlands is poised to become a one-of-a-kind retail and entertainment destination in North America. We look forward to working with Triple Five Worldwide to incorporate DreamWorks Animation characters, storytelling and technology into a unique and innovative family entertainment experience at the venue," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation.

"American Dream at Meadowlands is working with the most creative minds in the entertainment business," said Don Ghermezian, President, Triple Five Worldwide. "The theme park will have direct input from the creative talents behind the films to create a park experience that will attract a global market."

American Dream at Meadowlands will house themed rides, attractions, retail and other venues. The retail and entertainment venue will also have a water park, ice skating rink, indoor ski park and theatres along with nearly 1.7 million square feet of retail space and 150,000 square feet of fine dining and restaurants.

The DreamWorks Animation themed park will offer a new amusement park experience, driven by innovation, to entertain adults, teens and children alike.

www.americandream.com

About Triple Five
Triple Five is a multinational conglomerate and diverse development and finance corporation, with offices in major U.S. and Canadian cities. Triple Five's major and unique strength is its experience in a wide range of projects giving it the ideal expertise for creating successful mixed-use developments. Triple Five's activities encompass the development, management and ownership of world-scale ventures in many fields including shopping centers, tourism projects, office buildings, municipal planning and development, revitalization programs, urban entertainment destinations, recreation and amusement parks, hospitality projects, residential developments, commercial and industrial real estate, auto and industrial manufacturing, natural resource development, technology research, venture capital, banking and finance. Triple Five develops, manages, owns and operates its world-wide enterprises through its staff of more than 2,000.


About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for four consecutive years. In 2012, DreamWorks Animation ranks #14 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 24 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar , Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. The Company's theatrical releases for the current year are Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted on June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians on November 21, 2012.