OdySea in the Desert: Dolphins will not return as part of new attraction

OdySea in the Desert is located 9500 E. Via de Ventura. (photo by Lauren Crites)

The OdySea in the Desert management team has been informed by Ventura Entertainment, the parent company of Dolphinaris, that dolphins will not be part of a new attraction slated for the former Dolphinaris space.

Ventura representatives confirm with OdySea in the Desert that no live animals will be incorporated into their new entertainment concept, according to a press release.

“Ventura Entertainment has assembled a team of top creative minds to execute a completely novel, engaging attraction, but it will not involve animals of any kind,” Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at OdySea in the Desert Ran Knishinsky said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to hear more details in the coming months regarding this new project.”

Ventura Entertainment, one of the biggest and most influential parks and attractions operators in Mexico and Latin America, will release more information as they confirm final plans on the new attraction.

Despite Dolphinaris’ closing, the remaining attractions continue to operate while OdySea in the Desert is working to expand its multi-attraction entertainment destination.

The exterior of Butterfly Wonderland. (submitted photo)

OdySea Aquarium, which has always been a separate institution from Dolphinaris, owned, operated and managed by two different companies, is hosting Superheroes — an epic spring break event from March 9-24.

Visitors can meet comic book legends from Spiderman, Captain Marvel, Captain America, and Wonder Woman to every day brave-hearts like the first responders of local police and fire departments.

Butterfly Wonderland has partnered with Penguin Publishing and acclaimed author Eric Carle to bring a special exhibition that celebrates the 50th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar children’s book.

Bodies Revealed is celebrating its final run at OdySea in the Desert showcasing the fascinating inter-workings of the human body. Bodies Revealed last day at OdySea in the Desert is April 21.

Coming in late spring will be Surprise Your Eyes, a 3D attraction where guests become part of a variety of whimsical optical illusion-art. An Instagramer’s paradise, this venue provides plenty of content for photos and fun for everyone.

With all there is to take-in with the world-class offerings at OdySea in the Desert, one day is not enough. Extended stays will be available for guests in 2020 with the addition of the complex’s first hotel. A 150-room Hyatt hotel is slated to be built on property allowing visitors to stay where they play.

Other additions to OdySea in the Desert include the recently re-designed Polar Play Ice Bar, a 23-degree facility filled with new ice games, ice sculptures, and an icy lounge area perfect for guests of all ages to grab drinks or enjoy a lite bite.

OdySea in the Desert is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

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