New exhibit to bring 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs to Odysea in the Desert

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Dinosaurs are coming to Scottsdale's Odysea in the Desert.

Pangaea: Land of the Dinosaurs will have more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, pterodactyl, velociraptor, and stegosaurus, when it opens in November, according to a news release.

It will be the latest attraction to join the 35-acre entertainment complex off the Loop 101 and Via de Venture. The complex is already home to an ice bar, aquarium, arcade and dolphin attraction.

People will be able to see dinosaurs in their prehistoric habitats, in addition to excavating fossils, dinosaur rides and informational galleries, creator Adam Kariotoglou told ABC15, who also owns a restaurant at the complex.

Kariotoglou said he wanted to create a "real experience" so people feel like they're actually walking amongst dinosaurs, while also learning about them.

"It's more realistic than your average show," he said, adding "we did not cut corners."

He said the floors have been designed to have a 3D effect to feel like the jungle floor and interactive screens kids will be able to play with.

"It's so exciting. I have to step back every other day because there is so much excitement," he said.

The 20,000-square-foot attraction will occupy two floors at Odysea in the Desert's inner complex: the dinosaur experience will be on the ground floor next to Dolphinaris Arizona and Pangaea Dinosaur Grill will be on the second floor, he said.

It is scheduled to open on Nov. 24 if construction stays on pace.

General admission will range between $17.95 - $24.95 per person. That includes 90 minutes of access to the dinosaurs, a dinosaur ride, galleries and obstacle course.

Activities like face-painting, tattoos, sluicing or etching will be additional costs and vary between $4.95 - $12.95 each, according to the website. Tickets can be reserved at pangaealandofthedinosaurs.com/.

Still, Kariotoglou hinted that there is "a lot more to come" in terms of announcements, but declined to elaborate.

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