National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey Coming to Times Square in Fall 2017
By Kathryn Sheridan

National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey Coming to Times Square in Fall 2017

December 14, 2016   |   Family Outings  

New Yorkers will get a rare chance to journey through the depths of the ocean in a National Geographic entertainment experience opening fall 2017 in Times Square.

Guests will be able to virtually interact with ocean creatures in this immersive entertainment experience coming to Times Square. 

National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey is using groundbreaking technology to create a first-of-its-kind immersive experience where guests can virtually interact with ocean life.

The adventure starts in in the Solomon Islands, as visitors drift through the Pacific Ocean to the California coast. There, they can virtually play with dolphins and rays as they take in the glowing splendor of the coral reef at night.

Other ocean animals visitors can expect to encounter are humpback whales, Humboldt squids, great white sharks, and playful sea lions.

“National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey brings National Geographic’s long-standing belief in the power of storytelling to life in a deeply experiential way,” said Declan Moore, National Geographic Partners CEO in a press release.

The all-sensory experience is being produced by SPE Partners, LLC, a New York-based entertainment developer, under a licensing agreement with National Geographic Partners. The team of Academy Award, Grammy, and Emmy-winning composers, sound engineers, and designers includes the Oscar-winning visual effects team behind HBO’s Game of Thrones and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.

“Audiences will come away entertained and inspired with a greater understanding of the mysteries of the world’s oceans and marvel at the creatures that inhabit them,” Moore said.

The 60,000 square-foot venue will also feature versatile private event space for school groups, social events, and corporate functions.

"It is thrilling to harness new innovations in media, technology, and storytelling to bring to life this iconic brand in an entirely new and experiential way. This immersive entertainment experience will be a first-of-its-kind journey for New Yorkers and tourists from all over the globe,” said Lisa Truitt, Chief Creative Officer and Partner of SPE Partners, in a press release.

National Geographic ENCOUNTER: Ocean Odyssey will be located at 226 W. 44th St. between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

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Main image: Guests will be able to virtually interact with ocean creatures.
Courtesy National Geographic

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