National Geographic Encounter
Oct 06, 2017
to Mar 30, 2018 Official Site
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, a first-in-kind immersive entertainment experience is now open to the public in NYC’s Times Square transporting audiences on a breathtaking undersea journey from the South Pacific across the ocean to the west coast of North America.
SPE Partners, creators and producers of National Geographic Encounter, has engaged a world-class global team to produce this never-before-seen experience that is changing the landscape of entertainment and cinema. Through ground-breaking technology, audiences go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea.
- Guests will get up close with dozens of species, including sharks up to 20 feet long, a 50-foot Humpback whale, playful sea lions, and a pair of battling Humboldt squids which could have as many as 40,000 teeth each;
- The coral reef was built from a process called photogrammetry, where more than 1,300 photos were taken on location in the Solomon Islands. The 2D photos were then used to construct 3D models of coral;
- Kelp found throughout the experience is modeled after the Giant Kelp species, which grows at a rate of up to 2 feet per day;
- 120,000 fish make their appearance in the grand finale.
National Geographic Encounter is not a museum, exhibit, movie, aquarium or virtual reality; instead, the producers consulted with dozens of technologists and scientists to create a new kind of immersive experience that guests can walk through to share stunning ocean encounters with friends and family. Blockbuster new science – some of it not even published yet – was used in its creation. National Geographic Encounter is also working with marine biologist, professor and National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Gruber, Chief Science Advisor to the experience and who specializes in bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals.
Ticket prices are $39.50 plus tax for adults, $36.50 plus tax for seniors 65+ and $32.50 plus tax for kids 12 and under. Groups of 10 or more will receive 15% off. Special educator rates will be available for local area school groups during select times. National Geographic Encounter is a timed ticketed walk-through experience that lasts approximately 90 minutes.
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey is located in Times Square at 226 West 44th Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Author: National Geographic Encounter
New York, NY
All events and times are subject to change.