Nick hotel slimes for the final time

After more than a decade of fulfilling childhood dreams, Nickelodeon Suites Resort will slime someone for the last time Tuesday night. The hotel, east of Walt Disney World, will officially become the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites and Waterpark Wednesday.

“To me it’s kind of sad because that’s what the kids love,” said Lynne Lopez of Miami. “I think the kids come here so they can experience the characters.”

It was Lopez’s second time staying at the hotel. She didn’t know when she initially booked the weekend trip she’d also be saying goodbye. Since last year, the 777-room property has undergone a major renovation, including the slow removal of everything green and orange, the colors that clearly distinguished the hotel as a Nick product.

The $30 million renovation includes a total refurbishment of the lagoon pool deck, updating suites to a more neutral color palette and the end of all Nick experiences. Most of the rooms have already been updated. Those that haven’t will be completed by the end of the year. Nick experiences like dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, mass slimings on the pool deck and live performances of the Double Dare game show were originally scheduled to end in April.

Robert Soto, the hotel’s director of entertainment and recreation, said the official rebranding was delayed to make Memorial Day weekend the hotel’s final hoorah.

“We have seen lifelong Nickelodeon fans make the trek out here to experience Nickelodeon one more time here in Orlando,” said Soto. Although Memorial Day has historically been a busy weekend for the hotel, fans flocked to be part of the final blowout, Soto said. He said the hotel was almost completely booked as of Friday night.

Soto, who has worked at the hotel for the last decade, said it’s a bittersweet experience to say goodbye to beloved characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Bidding farewell to other key Nick experiences is equally sad, said Soto.

“We have slimed and pied countless kids and families throughout the years,” he said. Employees who played characters will now be part of new entertainment activities under the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn banner, said Soto.

Some people staying at the hotel this weekend were experiencing the hotel’s messy brand of fun for the first time.

“Slime.

I got to get the slime,” said Samuel Boone, who came up from Miami to celebrate his stepdaughter’s birthday. “I drove up here to get slimed.

Four hours to get slimed.”

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