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Nickelodeon Time Capsule to be moved to new Nick studios in California

by Matt Roseboom

By Matt Roseboom

Fifty years is a long time to stay in one place, even for a time capsule. The Nickelodeon Time Capsule, which has been in Orlando since it was buried in 1992, will soon be moved to California.

The time capsule was first buried at Universal Studios Florida in 1992, then, after Nickelodeon officially closed their studios inside the theme park, it was moved to Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando. Now that it’s been announced that Nick Hotel will be converting to Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark on April 18, Nickelodeon fans have been wondering what will become of the time capsule.

UPDATE: The Nick Hotel branding will stay at the hotel until May 31, 2016.

Sometime before April 18, the time capsule will be moved to a five-story glass structure which will house the new Nickelodeon Studios. The building is currently under-construction on the corner of Olive and Lake Street in Burbank, Calif. and is expected to open later this year. Nickelodeon has said they plan to offer tours of the new studios, so depending on exactly where the time capsule is placed, guests may still be able to see it.

It seems this will be the last home for the time capsule, which is to be opened on April 30, 2042, but only time will tell.

Here’s a look at the capsule being closed and buried during a ceremony broadcasted on Nickelodeon from Universal Studios Florida in 1992 (Doc Brown should have told them):

Burial of the Nickelodeon Time Capsule 4/30/92 c. Nickelodeon/Viacom 1992

Here’s our last look at the time capsule and our tribute to Nick Hotel during the Feb. 25, 2016 episode of “Orlando Attractions Magazine – The Show”:

Attractions - The Show - Nick Hotel tribute; Patti LaBelle interview; latest news - Feb. 25, 2016

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13 comments

NotAThief February 27, 2016 - 9:22 pm

Do you have an exact date of when they are moving the capsule?

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Matt Roseboom February 28, 2016 - 8:35 am

Sorry, no.

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Tracie Griffin April 11, 2016 - 11:04 am

Well it is now April 11th 2016 and we are a week away from the closure of the resort. Do you know when or if the time capsule has been move to its hopefully permanent home?

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Matt Roseboom April 11, 2016 - 11:22 am

They have extended the Nick branding at the hotel until May 31. We haven’t heard any more about when the Time Capsule will leave.

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James P June 24, 2017 - 11:23 pm

I personally do not think the time capsule is actually buried at the now Nickelodeon Studios in California. My personal feeling is that only the top cover that people look at on the ground like the one that is seen in this article exists. I have a feeling that when the studios closed in 2005 the actually time capsule was thrown in the dumpster like lots of the other stuff that was in and on the front of the studio. The reason I feel this way is that Nickelodeon can use this type of thing to faze out the time capsule. Because think of it what children today watching Nickelodeon actually know about the time capsule. Most of the kids of the 90’s that knew about the time capsule are all now grown up so what incentive does that give Nickelodeon to actually save the time capsule. Also you have to think about how much it costs the network to keep digging up and moving the time capsule. I am sure it costs a lot. So I really don’t think that the time capsule still exists.

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Kristen Keith October 14, 2017 - 2:45 am

I hope it still exists. I will be one to be looking forward to the reveal. I used to watch all of the shows and was born in 1990. The capsule is exciting.

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90sKid December 25, 2017 - 12:42 pm

That thing better still exist.

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nightshadow January 21, 2018 - 6:44 am

the capsule was a long PLASTIC tube filled with a lot of light weight items i HIGHLY doubt it costed them much to dig up and haul the thing around maybe if this capsule was massive made of stainles steel and filled with really heavy shit that you required a crane to pull it out and back in then youd have a point but you arent going to pay no more then the wages of 2 people to pick it up and put it back in the ground THATS IT

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nightshadow January 21, 2018 - 6:47 am

the capsule was a long PLASTIC tube filled with a lot of light weight items i HIGHLY doubt it costed them much to dig up and haul the thing around maybe if this capsule was massive made of stainles steel and filled with really heavy **** that you required a crane to pull it out and back in then youd have a point but you arent going to pay no more then the wages of 2 people to pick it up and put it back in the ground THATS IT

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Mike June 23, 2018 - 8:16 am

I worked engineering at the resort and needed to service the capsule enclosure once or twice. The capsule was indeed there under the cover. We went to great lengths to ensure it was water/air tight and free of moisture.

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nightshadow January 21, 2018 - 6:45 am

the capsule was a long PLASTIC tube filled with a lot of light weight items i HIGHLY doubt it costed them much to dig up and haul the thing around maybe if this capsule was massive made of stainles steel and filled with really heavy **** that you required a crane to pull it out and back in then youd have a point but you arent going to pay no more then the wages of 2 people to pick it up and put it back in the ground THATS IT

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Harley Quinn-Crane April 20, 2020 - 3:02 am

So it’s 2020, did this find a permanent home in Cali or not?

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Matt Roseboom April 20, 2020 - 8:36 am

It is still at their California studios as far as we know.

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