Nick Hotel: Orlando, Florida

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This is a kid/pre-teen paradise centered around two pools, each with an impressive water playscape. In total, there are 13 slides and flumes. However, it was the 4D Theater and Studio Nick that caught my boys’ attention. The 4D Theater offers a variety of shows ranging from the preschool Wonder Pets to the universally appealing SpongeBob and the more intense Extreme Log Flume. In addition to 3D glasses, the shows feature water, bubbles, jabs , air bursts, odors and of course… slime.

Studio Nick offers a variety of game show style entertainment that involves the entire family in the show. The Nick Hotel also offers poolside entertainment, private poolside cabanas, basketball, a mini-golf course, kid spa, arcade, Nick Workshop crafts, and an after hours drop off program so Mom and Dad can get some alone time. A Mall area offers dining options from fast food to table-side service and limited shopping that includes the second largest collection of SpongeBob merchandise in the world (the first is at nearby Universal Studios). There are numerous opportunities to meet your favorite Nick characters either in the Mall or during a character breakfast.

Location
The Nick Hotel is located on 24-acres in the heart of Orlando’s attraction mecca, within a few miles of Downtown Disney and the entrances to the three major Disney theme parks. The hotel is a short drive to Sea World, Universal Studios and other attractions as well. Bus service is available from the hotel to the major attractions.

Sleeps
The property has 777 one, two and three-bedroom KidSuites. Each suite is themed with Nick characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Rugrats, Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Danny Phantom. Two-bedroom suites sleep up to 6 and include a private master with king bed, family room and KidSuite. Three bedroom suites include two private masters with king beds, family room and KidSuite. KidSuites have either two twin beds or a bunk bed. The family room includes a sleeper sofa, 32”LCD flatscreen TV, high-speed internet access, table, kitchenette with a sink, mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.

Highlights
The best part of the Nick Hotel is the multitude of opportunities to participate in the shows. In addition to poolside events, there are after hours parties and nightly family shows in Studio Nick. Fill out a casting card to show your interest in the nightly Studio Nick programs and participate in the casting call at the pool during the afternoon. If chosen, you highlight the evening performance. However, even if you aren’t cast earlier in the day, there are multiple opportunities for kids, and adults to get in on the evening show.

Good to know
The 4D Theater offers a single show ticket or, for slightly more, an unlimited pass. Go for the unlimited pass as soon as you arrive, it’s worth the extra money and you can view the shows as many times as you want during your entire stay. There were 8 shows playing during our stay. Pick up a “script” during check in or online at www.nickhotel.com. It gives all the information you’ll need on show times, casting calls, character appearances and when and where to be for the daily mass sliming. Follow @nickhotel on twitter for last minute deals and follower specials.

Contact
www.nickhotel.com

Although we were provided a complimentary room for the purpose of reviewing it (as is common in the travel industry), we only recommend places we would stay and products we would use.

October 15th, 2009 | by Sue Rodman


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