To capture the magic and childlike wonder of the holiday season, “Santa’s Flight Academy,” a one-of-a-kind, immersive holiday experience will return to Dolphin Mall.
The holiday experience combines a gigantic re-imagination of the North Pole with state-of-the-art technology that enables children to become an important members of Santa’s flight crew.
“It’s incredibly special to see the beloved tradition of visiting Santa come to life through this unique and interactive experience,” said Madelyn Bello Calvar, marketing and sponsorship director, Dolphin Mall. “Santa’s Flight Academy personalizes the journey for every child by placing them front and center as the hero who saves the day.”
As an elite flight crew member, the mission is to ensure Santa’s sleigh is prepared to deliver presents to children around the world. Upon entering Santa’s Flight Academy, the “Cadet” will present his or her official badge and immediately be recognized by name on digital screens. From there, children will be fitted for a virtual flight suit, navigate a flight course, inspect and power the sleigh all before takeoff.
At the end of the adventure, each child will step inside the 22-foot-tall sleigh for an enchanted snowfall dance party before meeting and receiving a gift from Santa.
As a special treat, the holiday set will showcase a sneak preview of the upcoming animated movie Ferdinand in partnership with 20th Century Fox. In theaters Friday, Dec. 15, the film tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart and proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover.
Santa’s Flight Academy continues exclusively at Dolphin Mall from through Sunday, Dec. 24. To help expedite the process, visitors are encouraged to create official flight crew badges online via the center’s website, or through the mobile app available for both Android and iPhone platforms. Badges also can be created onsite at Santa’s Flight Academy kiosks.
A variety of photo packages, each including a complimentary Lovepop card, will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.shopdolphinmall.com/events.
Dolphin Mall is Miami-Dade County’s largest outlet and retail value shopping center blending the hottest concepts in theme entertainment and dining with an unparalleled offering of more than 240 value-oriented stores.
Located just five miles west of Miami International Airport, shoppers can easily access the mall by taking Exit 27 off Florida’s Turnpike. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with extended hours in the Ramblas entertainment area.