SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Thousands of butterflies will soon flutter inside the largest butterfly pavilion in North America at Butterfly Wonderland. The interactive attraction is scheduled to open in Spring 2013.
Guests will see a film on the life of a butterfly before heading to the Chrysalis Laboratory, where they can observe the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly up close. Inside the 10,000-square-foot re-created tropical rainforest environment, 100 species of butterflies from countries such as Costa Rica and the Philippines will fly past visitors.
The Butterfly Wonderland is the first of a four-phase $170 million complex called Odysea in the Desert. Located inside the Salt Pima Maricopa-Indian Community, the 522,000-square-foot entertainment district will feature attractions, restaurants and retail development. Phase two of the project, the Odysea Aquarium will open in 2015. The 12-acre aquarium will include shark tanks, a king penguin exhibit, an underwater theater and a display of the Great Barrier Reef.
A Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Arizona Experience will open during phases three and four, respectively. The Arizona Experience will combine film with interactive exhibits to paint a picture of Arizona’s history from the Spanish Conquistadors to the beginning of the Wild West.