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Sneak peek: 'Pangaea: Land of the Dinosaurs' to open Dec. 12 at Odysea in the Desert complex

Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 21:15:54-05

After months of work, "Pangaea: Land of the Dinosaurs," the newest attraction at Odysea in the Desert in Scottsdale, will open next week.

The walk-through attraction features 50 animatronic dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex, flyers, stegosaurus, and gigantic butterflies, that each move their arms, heads and tails. Some of them even roar.

The 20,000-square-foot attraction has interactive computer screens with the dinosaurs' names and information about them. It will also have an 84-foot obstacle course and stationary dinosaur rides.

There are activity stations for air-brush tattoos, etching and an area to dig for dinosaur bones. Some activities are an additional cost.

Adam Kariotoglou founded the concept and said he was inspired by his son who likes dinosaurs. He also wanted to bring another experience to the complex, which has an aquarium, a dolphin attraction and an indoor ice bar. All are located at Loop 101 and Via de Ventura.

"I was not interested in building something that was marginal or an iffy concept. I wanted something I was going to build that was [going to be] so realistic and so real," he said Wednesday morning after the attraction's ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"I put my heart and soul into this thing," he said. Kariotoglou also rebranded his Greek restaurant at Odysea as "Pangaea Dinosaur Grill." It's located directly above the attraction on the second floor.

ABC15 got a sneek peek of the exhibit on Wednesday. View our Facebook Live below.

Admission is $15.95 - $19.95 per person on weekdays and $19.95 - $21.95 on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). That includes 90 minutes to roam around the attraction, the obstacle course, magnet wall and fossil digging.

There is a combo package for $26.95 that includes two hours in the attraction and access to all of the interactive activities. Tickets can be bought online.

The hours will be Sunday - Thursday, 9 a.m. 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Pangaea: Land of the Dinosaurs (Opens on Dec. 12)
Odysea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale AZ 85256