Nickelodeon Studios (opened June 7, 1990 – closed April 30, 2005) was a television taping studio as well as an original attraction at Universal Studios Florida.
By 2002, Nickelodeon Studios was down to a very small number of employees. The majority of Nickelodeon production had moved to the Nickelodeon On Sunset facility in Hollywood, California. Due to decrease in the size of audiences attending the live recordings of shows and waning interest in game shows and sitcoms, (which were the sole output of Nickelodeon Studios) more than half of business was being lost. On top of that, the facility, which had been experiencing a steady decline of visitors each year since 2000, and had an even bigger decline after Hurricane Charley damaged it in 2004. It closed its doors permanently on April 30, 2005, after Nickelodeon had gradually moved its administration to the MTV Networks headquarters in Santa Monica, California, and One Astor Plaza in New York City and its live-action production arm to the Nickelodeon On Sunset. The final program taped there was Nickelodeon SPLAT! on August 17, 2004.
The Slime Truck and the Nick at Nite taxi were both removed in 1998. The Slime Geyser in front of Soundstage 18 was removed in May 2005 and the trademark “Nickelodeon” sign above the facility was removed in January 2006.
A time capsule buried by the network in 1992 in front of Soundstage 18 was removed in August 2006 and was replaced with a concrete slab. It contained items deemed important to the children of 1992 as voted upon by Nickelodeon viewers, including a new Nintendo Game Boy, an issue of TV Guide, an issue of Nickelodeon Magazine, a Home Alone VHS tape, clips of Nickelodeon station IDs, and various other toys. It was scheduled to be opened on April 30, 2042, 50 years after its burial. It was reburied at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando.
At this time, Stage 19, as well as the second floor control room in the center building between it and 18, is home to FSN and Sun Sports Network. It is also being used as a storage area for Universal Orlando parade floats, and to train sporting events for My Family’s Got GUTS, which was a short-lived revival of the classic Nickelodeon game show Guts. The green room had been used as a one for the show, and has remained exactly the same as it did when earlier Nickelodeon productions used it, albeit with new furniture. Much of the Nickelodeon signage is still visible in the second floor hallways including multiple Ren and Stimpy murals. Currently, the tube that runs above Soundstage 19 that was part of the tour, is now used for storage of several old props and A/V equipment, along with storage for the Blue Man Group. Additionally, the Gak Kitchen is used as the break room for the front of their house staff and the space that formerly housed the Game Lab is now a special event room for them and Universal Studios.
On November 9, 2006, Universal Orlando announced that Soundstage 18 would be redesigned to become a 1,000 seat permanent venue for the Blue Man Group. The new venue opened on June 1, 2007. During the construction phase of new theater, no cosmetic changes were made, with the exception of the addition of the new box office in the pavilion. The sound stage was painted black with three giant blue heads, the main building was painted white with black and blue trim, and the side of Stage 18 was painted black with blue, yellow, and red paint splats. The facility was renamed the Sharp Aquos Theatre. Additionally, the dressing room signs that were used during the time of Nickelodeon remain the same, as well as the “Production Crew Only” orange splat ones. Overall, areas not accessible to guests have remained the same as they were during the time of Nickelodeon, including the wall murals in the main hallway (a blurred picture of a Family Double Dare taping), 2nd floor tube (Blue’s Clues), 2nd floor hallway by the elevator (SpongeBob SquarePants), 2nd floor hallway (original Nickelodeon Studios Mural), and the guest escalator, which is now closed off by storage and a temporary wall that makes a rehearsal area (The Wild Thornberrys).
The queue for Nickelodeon Studios is now used by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for queuing up audiences for its production of TNA Impact! in Stage 21 prior to the opening of the Sharp Aquos Theatre. The gate beside the new venue is now a meeting point for non-park audience members to enter the Universal Studios production facilities. The gift shop for the Blue Man Group is the only part of Nick Studios left. It features memorabilia from there and the network.
History and overview:
Behind Closed Doors 2012:
Shows taped at Nickelodeon Studios:
All That (Season 1 and 2 Only)
Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994)
Hi Honey, I’m Home! (ABC/Nick at Nite sitcom)
Kenan & Kel (Seasons 1 & 2 Only)
My Brother and Me (1994–1995)
Nickelodeon Launch Box (1991–1994)
Nickelodeon’s Total Panic
Noah Knows Best (2000)
Teacher to Teacher: With Mr. Wizard
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
The Nickelodeon Hit List
U to U
Double Dare 2000
Family Double Dare (1990-1993)
Super Sloppy Double Dare (1989 Nickelodeon run only)
Super Special Double Dare
Figure It Out (1997–1999)
Get the Picture
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Make the Grade (Season 3 Only)
Nickelodeon Arcade (1991–1992)
Nickelodeon All-Star Challenge (A three-part special)
Nickelodeon Guts (1992–1994)
Global Guts (1995)
Slime Time U Match U Win! (1995)
Think Fast! (Season 2 Only)
What Would You Do? (1991–1993)
Roundhouse (Season 1 Only)
Nick Jr. series
Eureeka’s Castle (1990–1992)
Allegra’s Window (1994–1996)
Gullah Gullah Island (1994-1998)
Me and My Friends (1998)
Beat the Clock (2002, PAX TV)
Nickelodeon SPLAT! (2004)
Nick or Treat (block, 1992–1995, 1997)
Slime Time Live (2000–2003)
World Yo-Yo Competition (2000)
Rock Line on MTV (1991)
Nickelodeon Gets Real Mature (1991)
Nick Hit List (1991)