My son and I visited Nat Geo Encounter: Ocean Odyssey on a weekday during spring break. Needless to say it was crowded at check-in and I'm glad we bought our tickets ahead of time. I wish we had made use of the coat check as it was a little warm. A hostess greeted us when we finally reached close to the front of the line. You travel with a small group of people, and this is a great idea to ensure we have a great experience and get to see and interact with everything within the encounter. You travel from room to room and each room has a special focus and interactive/immersive experience. We were "wowed" in every room, and my son (who is a tough audience to please) "ooohh"ed and "ahhhh"ed and even gasped a couple of times. My son said his favorite part was the last room which opens up to different computerized educational games and video screens. We played a game together to clean up the oceans and then he was able to use a touch screen monitor to read about different sea animals (and even get to hear the sounds they make - the sounds were filtered in from above us, which made it like a "surround sound"). Everything in the experience was well done and top notch. From the lighting to the graphics to the sound effects. We really felt like we took a trip into the ocean - without getting wet!! We had a GREAT time. I know some reviews have complained about the price. We spent under 2 hours at the encounter. Don't expect to stay all day there. PLEASE keep in mind "a portion of the proceeds from Encounter supports the National Geographic Society's Non-profit work in conservation, exploration, research and education". So part of the entrance fee is a donation!! I wouldn't complain about that! Also, I love that Nat Geo is showing us that we can learn from animals WITHOUT keeping them captive. After watching "Blackfish", I pledged to not visit places where animals are kept in cages or tanks. And if we can't experience REAL thing (diving into the ocean and seeing animals in their NATURAL HABITATS), well this experience was DEFINITELY second best!!
Thank you for the great review, Jodie! I am so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. Your support means the world to us. Have a great day!