The 10,000-square-foot venue will bring a mixed-reality quest in which guests are given a special lantern and charged with bringing light to darkness by unraveling stories and solving puzzles. The concept is designed for adults and children, according to a Sept. 21 news release.
The concept was created by a team of storytellers, technologists, designers and producers with decades of collective experience producing novel forms of digital and interactive entertainment, according to the release. The team includes Academy Award-winning director Brandon Oldenburg, Emmy Award-winning director Limbert Fabian, Kyle Clark, Taylor Williams and Rickey Crum.
“We are thrilled to open our doors to Sugar Land residents, Houstonians and visitors alike to experience the next evolution of location-based entertainment,” Oldenburg said in the announcement. “Department of Wonder is a multidimensional world of fantasy, where visitors of all ages are cast as the main character. Every turn is filled with intrigue, surprise, and inspiration.”
The Oct. 7 opening date comes after Department of Wonder pushed back the original opening date, which had been scheduled for April 24.
The unveiling of Department of Wonder will lead the way for the completion of streetscape improvements to Sugar Land Town Square; a collection of elevated dining experiences, including the new Williams Smokehouse BBQ and Blues and B.B. Italia Bistro & Bar; and a handful of artistic tenants and experiences at Town Square, including Inspiration Stage, pottery shop Smashed Clay + Studio, Art Museum TX and community event programming.