DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ

American Dream1 American Dream WyEast Rutherford, NJ 07073
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Overview

Have a splashing good time at the DreamWorks Water Park, the largest indoor water park in North America! Located inside the American Dream complex, you can enjoy the water any time of year, no matter the weather. Try any of the 15 slides or relax in the wave pool. Whether you prefer Penguin Plummet or Mad Flush, there is an attraction for the whole family.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our East Rutherford Travel Experts
  • A family-friendly indoor water park you can enjoy, rain or shine!
  • The water park has an 81°F tropical climate all year.
  • Children ages two (2) and below can enjoy the park for free.
  • Fun and thrilling for all ages and swimming abilities.
  • The water park includes 15 rides and slides, a wave pool, and DreamWorks themes and favorite characters, including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and more (subject to availability).
  • Rides are split into three categories: kiddie, moderate, and total pro (rider restrictions such as age, height and weight apply).
  • Please wear proper swimming attire and footwear inside the waterpark.
  • Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a supervising companion 14 years old and up.

Description

from DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream
Experience splashy thrills at DreamWorks Water Park, an indoor water park located within the American Dream shopping and entertainment complex. With record-breaking slides and unique experiences like a Bubbly Lazy River, fun is always in the forecast.

American Dream provides the ultimate collection of premier indoor attractions, shopping, and dining comprising more than 3 million square feet in East Rutherford, New Jersey - just four miles from New York City.

KIDDIE RIDES
  • Kungfu Panda Temple of Awesomeness- a multi-level play structure with dump cups, geysers, and the largest indoor tipping bucket in the world.
  • The Penguins Frozen Fun Zone- Six miniature versions of our bigger slides, perfect for toddlers.
  • Far Far A Bay- A heated wave pool with a continuous stream of family-friendly swells.
  • Bubbly Lazy River- Lounge away in the world's longest indoor lazy river.
  • MODERATE RIDES Toothless' Trickling Torpedo – the world's longest hydromagnetic rocket coaster.
  • Dragon Racers – a race through dark tunnels and sudden drops.
  • Dragon & Dronkey's Flight – a tube ride in a giant spiral bowl.
  • Tube It – a tempo-changing tube slide.
  • Zany & Zanier Zigzag – tandem tangled body slides with multiple drops.
  • Soakin' Surfari – a 40-foot surf simulator.
  • Lemur Leap – spiral into a giant bowl in this 2-person tube ride.

TOTAL PRO RIDES
  • Thrillagascar & Jungle Jammer – the world's tallest trapdoor capsule slides.
  • Shrek's Sinkhole Slammer – a high-speed raft ride into a massive funnel.
  • Skudin Surf – private surf sessions in our wave pool are available for purchase.
  • Penguin Plummet & Majunga Jump – two high-speed body slides into deep waters.
  • Mad Flush – a high-speed body spiral slide that drops you into deep water.
  • Surfari Slider – the world's tallest indoor speed slide./li>
  • Swamp n' Splash – a multi-person funnel with sudden twists and turns.
  • Speeding Frenzy – an exciting tube ride in an enclosed flume.
  • The Carnivortex – a G-force trapdoor capsule slide with a horizontal loop.



DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream Reviews

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New York, NY
1 Review
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"Overall good but overpriced for little ones"
September 2023
We went on a Monday in late August, attempting to avoid the summer break and weekend crowd. We arrived at around 1130 and there was a small line at the reception. We only had to wait for 5 minutes to get in. The locker room was a little confusing as there were sections for families but we were unable to undress, even those little ones. We went there with our swimsuits on so no worries entering (we had trouble when we came out). The place is huge and loud. It was hard to talk with your small kid without speaking in loud voices. I guess it's not just the music but the acoustics of a large indoor place.
Our five year old boy enjoyed the pool but with no waves; maybe it was better for him since he is not so fancy of getting his face wet. He also enjoyed the lazy pool, but it was quite fast and certainly not lazy at all.
The long water slide ride, which was probably the other last thing that he could enjoy together was closed; it wasn't on the notice that morning so we were bummed when we got there.
We could not find any place that served food, but maybe it was because we brought our own snacks and didn't attempt to find anything. They say no outside food, but nothing was enforced, and we even saw families bringing in Five Guys burgers and whole boxes of pizza from the next door diner. So much for No outside food. I thought it was filthy and unfortunate; I mean, we brought in small snacks to nibble without making any garbage, but bringing in a whole box of pizza through the front door, and not getting stopped? Maybe they should just allow everything rather than letting those few who go overboard in not caring about people around you.
SInce we did not get on those rides and slides, we don't know how long the wait was, but the large pool was fairly crowded by noon, while having enough space that we didn't really bump into each other. Most of the plastic loung seats that are not really comfortable to sit, were taken up or had towels on them to save space.
Overall, the price was was too much for a child that could only enjoy a couple attractions/pools and the food situation let us down, but our child enjoyed it nonetheless, going back and forth from the lazy pool to the no-wave pool. Parking is great since it only costs 5 bucks. I would recommend if your child is into water slides and getting really wet; not so for a kid who only like to float and can't stick his head in the water.
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Tip: Bring your own towels. Food rules are not enforced. A little noisy.

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middle island, NY
2 Reviews
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"fun waterpark, clean, friendly staff"
September 2023
my 12 year old and I had lots of fun. there’s a lot to do in this park—the park was clean and so were the changing rooms (they have a family changing room for those with kids, which was good bc my son didn’t have to be separated from me—a single mom). lots of staff walking around and everyone was friendly. the food is a bit pricey but you can leave the park to get food at the mall food court if you want—you just have to get a stamp. definitely recommend! It was a stress free 2 day getaway (we came from LI).
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New Providence , NJ
1 Review
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"Super fun"
April 2023
If you can try to get there early to secure a chair if you aren’t renting a cabana. We had a great time with our kids-I’m not totally sure it’s worth the price-our kids are younger so we didn’t utilize the slides, mostly hung out in wave pool and lazy river. We went on Easter and it was packed, much to our surprise. Probably won’t go back until the kids are bigger and would try to go mid-week in hopes of a less busy experience but it may be packed all the time. While the food was overpriced it was actually decent!
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Tip: Go early to get a chair!

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Tara Bourhis
Mahwah, NJ
1 Review
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"Great time but needs some support"
February 2023
I had a great time at this waterpark, and I have been here before. The last time things were a little bit more put together. I remember there being less people, but the lines were just as long. I was really kind of disgruntled by the little things that seemed to kind of dissipate within a year, such as the balloons at the top of the ceiling. They seem a little bit deflated, but aside from that I had a really good time I would highly recommend at least come here once.
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Tip: Bring your own towel and there is a family locker area if you would like to stay with your coed family

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Elizabeth Yates
Stamford , CT
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"Dreamworks is the BEST!"
December 2022
It was so very simple to purchase our tix on Tripster! We spent my son's 7th birthday at DreamWorks Water Park and we will NEVER forget it- it was sooooo worth it!
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Tip: Tripstwr actually made it possible to make those payments and take this trip. If not for Tripster, we may not have had this unforgettable day!

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Shari Richards
Garfield, NJ
1 Review
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"Dreamworks water park"
April 2022
We had the best time! This place is for everyone not just little kids. My 9 year old didn’t want to leave . Bathrooms were spotless and everyone was really nice. We will be going back very soon.
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Tip: Get there as soon as it opens to enjoy everything.

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Steffany Tribou
Owls Head, ME
2 Reviews
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"Okay but pricy"
February 2022
The park was entertaining for the kids, but the lines were long, and we did not have a turbo pass. The bathrooms were also really unclean (Vomit, unfleshed toilets, and toilet paper all over floors) near the Shrek Slide. I don't quite think it was worth the price (plus you have to pay for lockers), but I understand the expense to run it is probably quite large. I'm glad we gave it a shot, but I would not do it again, especially not President's Day weekend (we went Sunday afternoon). It slowed down a bit near 6pm finally, but some lines were a 1 hour wait.
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Tip: Go mid week and not during a school vacation...also find a deal since full price is very expensive.

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Frequently Asked Questions about DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream

When does the DreamWorks Water Park open?

DreamWorks Water Park's operating hours vary throughout the week. Please see the operating calendar above when selecting your tickets.

Where is DreamWorks Water Park?

DreamWorks Water Park is an indoor water park located within the American Dream shopping center and entertainment complex at 1 American Dream Wy, East Rutherford, NJ 07073.

Is parking available for DreamWorks Water Park?

Yes. DreamWorks Water Park is nearest parking decks B and C, or Lyft/Uber drop-off in Parking Deck A. American Dream offers convenient parking to all guests for a nominal fee. The first 30 minutes of parking is free, and after that, it costs only $5 per vehicle (taxes included) for the duration of your visit.

Are there any restrictions?

All rides have posted age, weight and height restrictions at the entry to the queue line. Children 13 and below must be accompanied by a supervising companion at least 14 years of age and can assist the child in complying with instructions.

I am not going to swim. Does DreamWorks Water Park have a spectator rate?

DreamWorks Water Park is an experiential park and therefore they do not offer a discount for those who choose not to swim.

Do I have to be a strong swimmer to go on the rides at DreamWorks Water Park?

Not in all rides and slides. DreamWorks Water Park has many rides and slides that don’t require strong swimming abilities. However, Penguins Plummet, Majunga Jump, and Mad Flush are recommended for strong swimmers only. It is recommended for guests to wear a personal flotation device on rides that allow them, especially in the wave pool.

May I leave and re-enter the park without a charge?

Yes, same day re-entry at DreamWorks Water Park is permitted.

Are there accommodations for guests with disabilities at DreamWorks Water Park at American Dream?

Persons with disabilities should visit Guest Services for information on accessible services.

Am I allowed to smoke in DreamWorks Water Park?

DreamWorks Water Park prohibits smoking and vaping.

Is there a first-aid station at DreamWorks Water Park?

Yes, if you need First Aid, please see any team member, or visit the waterpark's First Aid station.

Can I bring in my asthma inhaler and EpiPen?

Medical devices are permitted in DreamWorks Water Park. Please note, any loose article may not be brought onto a ride or slide.

Does DreamWorks Water Park have a dress code?

Proper swim attire is required. Swim attire is defined as a one or two-piece swimsuit. Pants, denim, wetsuits, thong swimsuits, or transparent clothing are not permitted. Swim attire with metal buttons, buckles, rivets, zippers, or sharp objects is not permitted on any slide or attraction. Other swim attire (swim shirts, sun-protective clothing, etc.) specifically designed for aquatic use is permitted – please speak with an Aquatics Supervisor. DreamWorks Water Park reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of swim attire.

What articles can I bring with me on the rides?

No loose articles may be taken on any ride and should be left with a non-rider, or inside a locker. Loose articles are considered as jewelry, cell phones, glasses, etc.

What if I forgot my towel?

Towels are available for purchase at the DreamWorks Water Park retail shop.

Do I need footwear?

Guests are welcome to wear footwear throughout the park (flip flops, sandals, water socks, etc.). Guests will need to remove any type of footwear on most attractions. Outside footwear (shoes, sneakers, boots, etc.) is not permitted.

Do I need to wear sun protection when inside the park?

Yes, DreamWorks Water Park is an experiential park designed for year-round fun and sun. Although it is an indoor park, DreamWorks recommends always bringing and applying your favorite sunscreen or wearing sun protective clothing.

What if I forgot my swimsuit, sunglasses, or sunscreen?

You are welcome to browse and purchase swimsuits, sunscreen, and swim accessories at your favorite American Dream retailer prior to entering DreamWorks Water Park.

Can I bring my own food into DreamWorks Water Park?

Outside food and beverages are not permitted in DreamWorks Water Park. Exceptions to this policy are made for baby food and formula and for guests with special dietary needs, including food allergies. Light refreshments, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase.

Can I bring a water bottle/container into DreamWorks Water Park?

Guests to DreamWorks Water Park may bring in one non-glass water bottle per person.

Are cameras allowed in DreamWorks Water Park?

Guests may photograph or take video of their visit to DreamWorks Water Park for private use only. Recording devices (cell phones, GoPro cameras, etc.) are not permitted on waterslides/attractions, inside pools, or within any changing facility.

Can I bring a bag or backpack into DreamWorks Water Park?

Personal bags and backpacks are permitted into DreamWorks Water Park. All bags and backpacks are subject to search prior to entering. The following items are not permitted: weapons of any kind, props/toys resembling a weapon, masks that cover the face, glass bottles, selfie sticks.

Are pets permitted in DreamWorks Water Park?

Pets are not permitted in DreamWorks Water Park. Service animals are welcome. Service animals are limited to dogs and miniature horses and must remain on a leash or harness at all times unless the leash or harness interferes with the service the animal is providing, or the handler is unable to use the leash or harness due to the nature of the disability. Guests must be in control of the service animal at all times and are responsible for its behavior and clean-up.

Does the water park have a Lost and Found?

Guests looking for lost items should visit Guest Services to reclaim any found items.