Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration (Partially Found Live Broadcast; 1990)
|Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration|
|The special's title screen, taken from the surviving initial hour of footage.|
Airing for the first and only time on the 7th of June, 1990, on Nickelodeon, was a special 3 hour live unveiling of Nickelodeon Studios (a then-new amusement park/recording studio) at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, aptly titled Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration; it was hosted by a collective of Nickelodeon personalities including Double Dare host Marc Summers.
From 5PM through 8PM, the special showcased the studio's attractions (including some from Universal Studios) and was interspersed with celebrity appearances from the likes of Bill Cosby, Steven Spielberg and Will Wheaton, as well as games, pre-recorded skits and musical performances from acts such as teen R&B trio Perfect Gentlemen, girl group The Cover Girls and hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play.
Of the 3 hours of footage, only the first hour has ever resurfaced, via an incomplete VHS recording made during the broadcast and subsequently posted online. A Facebook page has been set up with the express purpose of unearthing the remaining 2 hours, although sadly, their efforts remain unfulfilled; as of this writing, the bulk of the special remains unattainable.
Nickelodeon Studios was officially closed in April of 2005 due to a decline in attendance, partly brought on by Nickelodeon's transition from game shows to sitcoms, the latter of which required a closed set (which Nickelodeon Studios did not cater to) in order to produce. The surviving hour of footage is available via YouTube and can be seen below.
- Scan of a press release for the special. Last retrieved 11 Mar 2015.
- "Quest to Find the Entire Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration" Facebook page. Last retrieved 11 Mar 2015.
- Wikipedia article on Nickelodeon Studios. Last retrieved 11 Mar 2015.