NEW YORK – DreamWorks Animation’s well-loved green monster Shrek could find a home in the swamps of northern New Jersey.
The Hollywood studio that created the green ogre and zoo animals starring in Madagascar announced plans of building an indoor theme park as part of a megamall in the wetland ecosystem in New Jersey Meadowlands.
The CEO of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, said that the theme park, which is 16 kilometers (10 miles) west of the city of New York, is based on the characters and stories of the blockbuster movie franchise, Shrek. Visitors can expect to be greeted by popular characters of the film and perhaps be treated to rides that follow the theme of the park. Since the movie also takes place in Fiona’s kingdom, Far Far Away, you can also expect to see a castle in the park grounds.
The commercial center of East Rutherford was going to open in 2007. But to date, the property still remains vacant. NFL teams like the Jets and Giants, whose stadium is nearby, sued the property owners to keep the piece of land open due traffic concerns. However, both parties have come to an amicable agreement thus allowing construction work to resume.
DreamWorks says they hope to inaugurate the theme park by 2014.