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nickelodeon hotel
August 3, 2005 9:03 AM   Subscribe

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Nickelodeon hotel. I don't know whether or not to lament the state of affairs, or be happy that my kid gets to interact with the characters she has in her imagination. Not that this is anything new in Orlando, or anything....but I'm just astounded by the wholesale manipulation of children and their parental-annoyance-fueled buying power.
posted by taumeson (18 comments total)

 
Wow. That seems a little harsh for what's basically a hotel with SpongeBob wallpaper.
posted by ColdChef at 9:08 AM on August 3, 2005


Now, color me nonplussed, er, because I live in Orlando and spent a long time in, er, hospitality..

But, well, where is the manipulation here? Ever since, well, ever, media companies have "leveraged" their "character brands" -- ahem, sorry, corpspeak off -- have stuck their happy characters into products and services in order to earn more bucks.

What I love about this is that it's a Holiday Inn!! Viacom didn't even want to get into the business of trying to be a resort provider so they sold the rights to the freakin Holiday Inn!!

Ahem, having said that.. well.. would you count Disney, Universal, Knott's, Warner Brothers, Paramount.. etc.. into the same manipuation game? Cause then we could talk about all the way our kids are being assaulted by 'buy buy buy' everytime they touch a media machine.. and that might be a fun convo.. but this here's just, well, a hotel with Nick coture.
posted by cavalier at 9:08 AM on August 3, 2005


It's not like it's the Barney and Friends Motel 6 or anything.
posted by ColdChef at 9:09 AM on August 3, 2005


With all due respect, I think you need to recalibrate your outrage meter.
posted by pardonyou? at 9:10 AM on August 3, 2005


I would so stay at a Barney and Friends Motel 6. Just imagine. Really imagine it.
posted by cavalier at 9:12 AM on August 3, 2005


Someone should rent that whole place out for a porn convention.
posted by ColdChef at 9:14 AM on August 3, 2005


Alas, Hunter died too soon to give this place the fear and loathing treatment. Who will pick up the torch?
posted by es_de_bah at 9:17 AM on August 3, 2005


This also ignores the fact that kids might find this, you know, fun. And that some parents like to, you know, give their kids some fun experiences.

Damn you Nickelodeon! You manipulated me into having fun!
posted by pardonyou? at 9:32 AM on August 3, 2005


This could be an attraction at the Barney and Friends Motel 6.
posted by WaterSprite at 9:32 AM on August 3, 2005


I'm headed there next month. A two bedroom suite is cheaper than a regular room at Disney. My kid is so excited, I fear that her head may explode before we get there.

Yeah, it seems garrish. And yes, it's commercial as hell. But Spongebob and Jimmy Neutron are actually funny, unlike most of the other kids' shows out there. She couldn't care less about Mickey, but she is beside herself at the prospect of seeing Spongebob. And frankly, so am I.
posted by jrossi4r at 9:43 AM on August 3, 2005


My kid is so excited, I fear that her head may explode before we get there.

Please post the photos to flikr, k?
posted by five fresh fish at 10:08 AM on August 3, 2005


What I wanna know is, will Patrick be in the next suite?

SPIDERS! SPIDERS! *crushes sleeping friend with rock*
posted by whatnot at 10:11 AM on August 3, 2005


Is there not something just a wee bit creepy about offering up a one bedroom room with a heart-shaped tub and scented lotions and the like at the Nick Hotel?
Still, to each their own fetish, I suppose.
posted by chandy72 at 10:18 AM on August 3, 2005


If they had a Dangermouse room, I'd totally live there.

Speaking of which, how come Cartoon Network hasn't picked up old episodes of Dangermouse yet? I know I'm not the only one who would watch it religiously.
posted by ColdChef at 11:09 AM on August 3, 2005


it's, you know, for kids.
posted by alumshubby at 11:21 AM on August 3, 2005


I know adults without children who have gone to Disney World for vacations. Tastes and mileage may vary.
posted by mikeh at 12:44 PM on August 3, 2005


If they had a Dangermouse room, I'd totally live there.

Speaking of which, how come Cartoon Network hasn't picked up old episodes of Dangermouse yet? I know I'm not the only one who would watch it religiously.
posted by ColdChef at 1:09 PM CST on August 3 [!]


Cor, Chief!
posted by COBRA! at 1:03 PM on August 3, 2005


I've gone to Disney without the kid, and I would definitely bring her to the Nickelodeon hotel....like I said, I don't know whether to be happy or to pull my hair out.

But doesn't anybody think that the lengths corps like Disney and Viacom go to attract the kid-powered adult-spent dollars is a little much? Sounds like everybody here is grooving to a "well, if it feels good, do it" vibe.
posted by taumeson at 4:40 PM on August 3, 2005


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