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Odyssey Parks and Resorts at IAAPA

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Odyssey teammembers David Bakas and Tonya Pope will be in Orlando at the IAAPA 2017 convention and are ready to meet.

Odyssey is different compared to other companies in our industry. We are redefining the way of project development and management. We are a small group of experts, who work on projects on our own but also team up for large projects. All of us have our specialties and as a team we can create anything you want. We can design, plan, masterplan and manage every (leisure) project anywhere on the planet. Besides our core team we have a large group of experts ready to assist, based on the demands of your project. We are not a company but a team. Part of your team.

You have probably seen us in the latest IAAPA magazine Funworld:
Odyssey Development Sydney

Hiring Odyssey is basically like hiring 3, 4 or 5 international experts for the first steps. You don’t pay for an office full of employees… The size of the team depends on your wishes and demands. You pay for what you need.

Odyssey Parks and resorts has two main departments: development and investments. Our team is not only developing Odyssey resorts but also assists with other leisure projects in several countries.. Feel free to ask us about possibilities for your project. We are also searching for funding for our and other projects. If you or your company are looking for leisure projects to invest in with solid ROI after opening, we definately have what you are looking for.


If you want to learn how we can develop your leisure project from start to finnish and start a conversation you can contact us via:



Tonya Pope – CEO Jazzland New Orleans:


David Bakas – Chief Operations:


Let’s have a coffee!

The Odyssey  Team


Worlds Of Wonder Sydney In IAAPA’s FUNWORLD

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The November issue of IAAPA’s FUNWORLD Magazine has a feature discussing the theme park and attractions industry in Australia and that includes an interview with me regarding Odyssey Parks & Resort’s Worlds of Wonder theme park destination resort for Sydney. The attached has the feature and the magazine is available online at IAAPA’s website, www.IAAPA.org, and will be distributed to attendees at this month’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando.

Go to the entire news item by clicking here…

Worlds of Wonder

Songcheng and Sanad’s resorts aren’t even the largest announced foreign investments in the sector. That honor belongs to Odyssey Parks and Resorts, which has billion-dollar plans to resurrect a Sydney amusement park called Wonderland Sydney that closed in 2004. Odyssey Parks CEO Ammar Khan—a self-made millionaire and property developer—used to work at Wonderland Sydney as a ride operator.

Khan’s initial plan to replace Wonderland Sydney has blossomed into a proposal to build “the largest theme park resort in the Southern Hemisphere.” Master plans for Worlds of Wonder call for two theme parks (one, fantasy; the other, adventure), two resort hotels (both with year-round water park facilities), and an entertainment and shopping district.

“There’s a big gaping hole in Sydney’s market,” says David Bakas, an 18-year Walt Disney World veteran who is Khan’s right-hand man.

Odyssey Parks doesn’t want to create an “off-the-shelf”’ theme park, Bakas explains, but rather a world-class destination with Oz-type resorts and immersive attractions. After calculating the infrastructure costs to accomplish something like this, they realized a single park would not cut it.

Click here for the website of Odyssey Parks & Resorts

Like its predecessor, Worlds of Wonder will be built in western Sydney. The area is changing rapidly, though, thanks to the construction of the city’s second airport. While the themed resort is still in its early stages with government approvals and financing pending, Bakas expects it to open by 2022.

Qualifying timelines with a note about permits is a common refrain from Australian attractions developers. As one company wrote Funworld: “Progress is always subject to the government’s approval of planning, construction coordination, etc.”


Worlds of Wonder Gets Global Media Spotlight

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Our Worlds of Wonder theme park destination resort project for Sydney is getting global attention from the mainstream media and the following link leads to a feature in the UK’s Daily Mail.  The link to this feature is:


Worlds of Wonder Gets Media Spotlight

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Cutting-edge rides, giant water slides and a resort hotel: Plans reveal how Sydney’s Wonderland will be resurrected into the largest theme park in the Southern Hemisphere

Top of DemonOur Worlds of Wonder theme park destination resort in Sydney received mainstream media attention in Australia, and while the press did leave out most of the substance of the actual interview, it is a positive piece.  The main topic was intended to be about how technological advancements in the themed entertainment industry make Worlds of Wonder’s two theme parks, Sydney’s Wonderlands and Sydney’s Wilderlands, way more advanced than their long-departed predecessor, Wonderland.  The link to the feature in the Daily Telegraph can be found at: