Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration (found live broadcast of Nickelodeon event; 1990)
The opening card for the special.
Date found: 19 Mar 2021
Found by: This Old Tape
Nickelodeon Studios was a TV filming studio and family attraction based in Universal Studios Florida. It was operational from June 7th, 1990 to April 30th, 2005 after declining in popularity and usefulness in the early 2000s. When it first opened, Nickelodeon aired a special for the event simply titled Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration. The event was hosted by several Nick personalities, such as Double Dare host Marc Summers.
The special was three hours long (5 P.M. to 8 P.M.) and showcased the studio's attractions (along with some of Universal's) and also featured several celebrity appearances from the likes of Bill Cosby, Steven Spielberg, and Will Wheaton. It also featured 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.
Despite efforts to find the whole special, for the longest time only the first hour ever resurfaced via an incomplete VHS recording made during the broadcast.
On December 3rd, 2017, YouTube user "Chris Graves" uploaded the final 48 minutes of the special (with commercials), leaving around 80 minutes still missing.
On March 19th, 2021, YouTube user This Old Tape uploaded the full three-hour broadcast of the special, making it the first time in more than 30 years that the special has been seen in full.
- A scan of a press release for the special. Retrieved 11 Mar '15
- Facebook post on finding the entire Nickelodeon Studios Opening Day Celebration recording. Retrieved 11 Mar '15