Bringing back the American Dream

The massive New Jersey entertainment complex will begin welcoming guests again after its sudden pandemic shutdown in March.
2:49 | 10/05/20

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Keep submitting your questions to Dr. Jen @drjashton. New Jersey's American dream complex is reopening its doors. It features a host of shops, a waterpark, rides and more. Hoping to entice visitors back after that long closure due to the coronavirus. With us now, the reopening co-ceo of American dream, sir, thank you for being here with us. This is kind of exciting. You are kind of getting another grand opening, if you will. Absolutely. How is the feeling now that the day is kind of finally here, even though it's way delayed? Yeah, it's definitely different. I think in our situation with 3 million square feet. We're not just opening up a strip mall. We are going to take a step back and bring safety first. And we want to pay attention. We didn't want to be the first to open either. So we paid attention to what Disney was doing, other centers are doing. The Hacken sack hospital to partner with them. In terms of them telling us what we need to do, not us telling them. And what to create the safest place outside of your home at the American dream. To give people some perspective, just how sweet it is now to finally be able to open your doors. Give us a sense of what it was like after all that work to have to shutter your doors and tell all of your employees that they were going to have to wait We were one of the first before the state even asked us to close, we closed. I remember that day, March 16th. And it's been literally seven months. We had to go through a furlough period. It was not easy. It was hard on all of us. But we slowly ramped up to that full number we had pre-covid. And with that, we all have all of -- we have gone through training for covid in terms of -- the waterpark lifeguards are trained for covid. I understand there's going to be a very special treat on Monday for health care workers. Tell us about it. Yes, so what we wanted to do was, they put their lives on the front lines. We wanted to give back. It's going to be going through our -- we're going to kick off something for the frontline workers and health care workers where they can get a free admission to nickelodeon on Monday through Thursday. Well, that sounds good. I know it's been a long road to get that up and going. A lot of people happy to be back at work and some people just happy to be having a good time out there and be able to enjoy. Mark, hopefully we get to see you again down the road. American dream now open. East Rutherford, New Jersey. Thanks for being with us, and good luck. Up next -- right here on

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