Building 17, the former home of Nickelodeon Studios Florida, has undergone a massive $1.2 million dollar overhaul at Universal Orlando. Nickelodeon Studios closed its doors to the public in 2005, and since then Blueman Group replaced some of the old production facility in 2007. Post closure, stage 19 has been used for various productions while building 17 sat mostly untouched. Famous YouTuber AdamTheWoo released a video showcasing the closed building 17.
In 2016 the Universal Studios Florida Production Group spent $1.2 million dollars to begin a refurbishment project inside the building. Building 17 has been brought “back into the future” and is now a state of the art support building that is capable of meeting any possible needs for future production clients. The “second floor control rooms, office space and viewing tube areas have experienced a complete makeover to easily accommodate 168 production staff members on any project” says Pamela Tuscany, the Vice President of the Universal Studios Florida Production Group.
The old Nickelodeon Studios now boasts-
• Office space for 168 staff members specially designed in a variety of adjustable shapes and sizes.
• 10 Executive Offices designed with glass doors that create an open yet separate environment.
• The “On the Fly” (OTF) Studio, a 20’ x 80’ production space fitted to accommodate additional production needs.
• The “Think Tank” Conference Room, a 24’ x 30’ space that provides privacy and versatility.
• Edit Suites with increased power capabilities.
• Machine Room: 3 phase power with 100 amp cam-lock hook ups, isolated A/C system, and cable chase runs the length of the second floor with ceiling access.
• A Foley and Voice Recording Studio available for voice over and other audio needs.
• A private 85’ long Veranda (1,275 sq. ft.) for eating, relaxing or enjoying an outdoor meeting. Exclusive to B17, the Veranda overlooks and is adjacent to City Walk.
• The Take Two Lounge / Break Room, an interior area with a kitchenette and options for craft services. Located with exit to Veranda. Can be isolated from offices for privacy.
In homage to Nickelodeon Studios, one iconic mural has been left downstairs to remember “The First World Headquarters For Kids”
Opening in 1990, Nickelodeon Studios Florida was a world famous attraction for children of all ages. The facility offered a studio tour and a small show called “The Game Lab”. New life has been sprung into the building with this renovation. The Nickelodeon Studios building has left an everlasting legacy and still is supporting and helping production crews to this very day.