50 life-size, animatronic dinosaurs find permanent digs at OdySea in Scottsdale

Friday, 13 October 2017, 08:25:29 PM. A permanent exhibit of life-size, animatronic dinosaurs opens in Scottsdale's OdySea in the Desert on Friday, Nov. 24. Visitors can reserve dates now.

The Scottsdale entertainment complex that has given us Butterfly Wonderland,Dolphinaris and OdySea Aquarium is opening an interactive, indoor dinosaur world on Black Friday.

Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs will open on Nov. 24 with 50 life-size dinosaurs and about 40 other animatronic creatures at Scottsdale's OdySea in the Desert.  

The 20,000-square-foot exhibit, which also includes the Pangaea Dinosaur Grill, cost $4.2 million, according to founder and creator Adam Kariotoglou.

Dinosaurs, other key features  

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Kids will be able to take stationary and walking dinosaur rides. (Photo: Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs)

Tickets are $24.95 for adults and $17.95 for children ages 3-11. Admission includes:

  • Life-size dinosaurs including a Velociraptor, Triceratops and baby, a flying pterodactyl and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The biggest dinosaur is 50 feet long and 14 feet tall. All dinosaurs will move their bodies, heads and jaws.
  • An 84-foot-long obstacle course, where kids can explore prehistoric-looking landscape, climb over dinosaur eggs and bones, climb the back of a dinosaur head and slide into a dinosaur graveyard.
  • A fossil dig.
  • Nine dinosaur islands, featuring different dinosaurs of that time period and touch screens that show facts about the dinosaurs and their habits.

Interactive stations that require an exhibit worker be present charge an extra fee, such as a walking dinosaur ride and a sluicing station for archaeological artifacts.

'Everything will be moving'

Lighting, moving dinosaurs above and below, gravel walkways and water features were designed to create an outdoor, three-dimensional prehistoric feel to the indoor exhibit. The tour takes about 90 minutes to complete.

"The kids will think dinosaurs are ahead of them, behind them, around them, above them," Kariotoglou said. "Everything will be moving. Adults are going to enjoy it too."

Kariotoglou founded My Big Fat Greek Restaurant franchise before closing the eateries and opening Opa Greek Life Cafe at OdySea. That restaurant will be transformed into the Greek-American Pangaea Dinosaur Grill attached to the dinosaur exhibit.

As a tenant at OdySea, Kariotoglou was always thinking about what the next big attraction could be in a space with room to grow, he said, "and everybody loves dinosaurs."

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Among the dinosaurs will be a Velociraptor, Triceratops, a flying pterodactyl anda Tyrannosaurus Rex. (Photo: Scott Chaffee)

To reserve times and dates to attend the exhibit, visit PangaeaLandofTheDinosaurs.com. The exhibit can accommodate 300 people at a time and Kariotoglou expects much of the holiday season to be booked.

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Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs

Opens: 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. 

Where: OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale.

Admission: $24.95, $17.95 for ages 3-11. Additional costs for interactive activities, which can be purchased individually or as an all-inclusive package for $39.95.

Details: PangaeaLandOfTheDinosaurs.com






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