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The Holy Land Experience: A Unique Biblical Theme Park in Orlando

The Orlando area is known for Disney World, Universal Studios and other exciting theme parks but these parks are not the end of the story. Orlando also has a biblical theme park, The Holy Land Experience, which is every bit as entertaining as the well-known secular attractions in this region. If you and your family are inspired by stories of the Bible, then The Holy Land Experience will provide you with an exciting and educative full-day experience. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to find at this park.

The main idea of this biblical park and museum is to bring the Bible to life and they do it by recreating the Holy Land as it existed 2000 years ago. So, in a sense, this park is like a time-machine that takes you back to the ancient era.

Featured exhibits help to recreate the time when the stories of the Bible unfolded. The Scriptorium Center is the more scholarly part of this park and it holds important ancient biblical manuscripts. Here is how the Holy Land Experience website describes it:

“The walk-through experience of The Scriptorium transports visitors to historical and geographical areas of the world where displayed biblical documents originated and gives guests a dramatic understanding of the history of the Bible, how it parallels the history of civilization, and the impact it has had upon the world.”

Another important exhibit is the Wilderness Tabernacle. This is a recreation of the mobile temple where the Israelites performed their worship during the forty years of wandering in the desert. The presentation is designed to provide visitors with an insight into the rituals and sacrifices offered during this era.

If you are curious to know what Jerusalem looked like 2000 years ago, then the Jerusalem Model A.D. 66 is the place to visit. This exhibit is the world’s largest indoor model of its kind. It is a 45 by 25 foot-long structure gives a stunning overview of what Jerusalem looked like at the height of its size and growth. Daily presentations tell the history of the city, from it’s beginnings as King David’s capital city to its destruction by the Romans in A.D. 70.

When you visit The Holy Land Experience, you do not just look at exhibits or pictures on the wall, you also have the opportunity to learn from biblical archaeologists who present and explain the world of the Holy Land. If you arrive when the park opens, then be sure to go on the 30 minute walking tour conducted by one of the archaeologists. Other presentations include a Moses Presentation, exploring the life of Moses, a Qumran Caves presentation, looking at the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found and a Great Temple presentation, which explores the temple built by Herod and destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

One of the must-see features of the Holy Land Experience is a motion-picture which tells the story of Esther. “One Night With a King” follows a young girl who rises from peasant to princess by going against the culture and seeking the King’s heart rather than the riches of the kingdom.

The Bible also comes to life in live shows which combine drama and music. Here is what the official website says about these shows: “Our live shows and productions range from historical recreations to theatrical and musical showcases. Performed both indoors and outdoors with original dialog, music, and lyrics, these presentations are a central part of the mission to communicate the gospel truth of God’s Word.”

Some of the live shows include: Moses, Wedding at Cana, The Ministry of Jesus and The Last Supper. Not all shows are presented on all days and the schedules are subject to change so you will have to consult with the park to find out what will be showing when you visit.

The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. An adult one-day pass costs , seniors are admitted for , children under 5 are free and a one-day pass for children 6-12 costs .

The park is located in Orlando, off Interstate 4, at Exit 78, at the corner of Conroy and Vineland Roads. To use an online mapping/direction service, enter the following physical address for The Holy Land Experience: 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811, Telephone: 1-800-447-7235 or 407-872-2272.

If you plan to visit The Holy Land Experience, give yourself a full-day so you can see and experience everything that is on offer.

About the author: Mark Whichard writes frequently about Orlando tourism. He is the proprietor of http://www.orlandosfinest.com and http://www.keyvacationhomes.com. Visit his websites for great deals on vacation home rentals in the Orlando, Florida area.

Source: http://www.isnare.com/?aid=264259&ca=Travel

 

10 Responses to Holy Family Travel

  1. Scott Spear says:

    I want to travel to the Holy land in the summer and I need some tips?
    Hi,
    I planing to visit Israel in the summer and visit the holy places.
    the trip will be for 15 days. I’m checking the following months: May, June, September.
    I’m traveling with my family: my wife and 3 boys 10 to 15 years old.
    I need some recommendation where to go, where to stay, what to do and learn some tips from your experience.

    Thank you
    Scott

    • dandyl says:

      To answer you, I would travel either in May or June (September is ok weather wise, but falls during the Jewish high holidays and everything is full and more expensive, plus some days like Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana everything is closed).
      I would go to Jerusalem (so many things to see and do their) The old city is great fun for the whole family. You can spend more than a day and not get through the attractions.The Western (“Wailing”) Wall is one of Israel’s biggest tourist attractions. At all hours of the day or night, take a tour of the tunnel (my advice call them a few weeks before to arive to book, gets very busy), you can got to Israel Museum also Yad Vashem
      I would also go to the dead sea,also in the area Visit the mountain fortress of Masada
      Im sure your sons will love Eilat (Snorkel or scuba in the Red Sea,)
      Tel Aviv is also nice, great sea, nice mkts
      I would also go to the northern part of Israel, maybe even stay in a b&b at a kibbutz (its something different, you even get luxury bed and breakfasts) visit also Caesarea
      In the north go to Haifa ,Marvel at the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa
      Where to stay depends on your budget, Israel offers everything
      If you need more info email me, I go to Israel very often.

  2. Anonymous says:

    a few questions about visiting the Holy Land?
    Hi, I posted this question a few days ago, but I only got one answer which didnt really address all my concerns. I’m not sure why it wasn’t answered, so I’m gonna post the question again, I hope nobody minds, please answer it this time, it’s really important to me.

    Hi, I am considering perhaps making a visit to the Holy Land sometime soon. Places I am most interested in seeing are the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born, Nazareth where he grew up, and Jerusalem, particularly the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I would also like to visit many other towns and locations in the area, because I know they also had alot to do with his life, as he visited them, and they also have some significance in the Old testament.

    Any way, I have more than one specific question, I’d appreciate it if somebody could help me out.
    1. Is there any sort of organisation for tourists which takes people on guided tours of these places and old Churches in Bethlehem, Nazareth etc.
    2. Will it be expensive? I’m not exactly rich that I can afford to stay in luxury hotels, so my primary concerns is cheap travel and accomodation.
    3. Would you say it is safe to go these places, I know it’s safe at the moment, but the place is kind of unpredictable and anything could happen at anytime. Most of the places such are within the Palestinian territories, so I know there are many checkpoints, and military operations are conducted there sometimes. So yeah, is it safe?
    4. Finally, I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to ask this, but will I be allowed in Israel; I have an Australian and New Zealand citizenship, but I am also an Iraqi citizen by birth, so I have an Iraqi citizenship. Does that mean I wont be allowed to go there, because some family members of mine in the past were not allowed to go there on pilgrimage because of their Iraqi citizenship, but they only had an Iraqi citizenship, whereas I have three.

    Please answer my queries in full detail, I would really like to visit this place, I have been planning to for some time, and I hope i can gain alot from my journey, spiritually and religiously. Thanks.
    thanks for all the people who have answered me, i appreciate it, i have one more question i forgot to ask, sorry: about the language, I want to know if I will be able to communicate with most of the people in the places I go, such as tour guides, other tourists and perhaps also locals. I am fluent in english and arabic, most people i will meet are fluent in atleast one of those two languages, right?

    • Lakhota Butterfly says:

      1 – I dont know – but im sure there are – but they are probably expensive. With commen sense you should be able to find you way around no problem. If you are christian – ask at you church – as im sure there are contacts or groups that they might know about that arrange inexpensive tours or meetings for fellow believers in the holy land.

      2) Israel can be expensive- but there are plenty of cheap travel and accomodation options available. There are youth hostels that offer cheap daily and weekly rates – but be carefull with your belongings in them. And there is a very good bus, taxi, and minibus service in most towns – that is quite reasonably priced. In some places you can hitch hike – but be carefull..

      3 ) Some places like Nazereth and Bethlehem can be dangerous or at least not completely safe as they have higher palastinian populations – especially at certain times of the year – like around jewish or muslim holy days. And its best not to go wandering aimlesly around them looking like a tourist – but you will be at an advantage if you can speak arabic.
      If you look especially arab – then you may find that some very orthodox suberbs are less than welcoming. But as with visiting any country – be aware of where you are going and the cultural differances and sensetivities and you should be fine.

      check before you go anywhere that its safe – most israelis in shops or hostels etc should be able to give you advice about no go areas. .. as for checkpoints – they do exist – but unless you are planning a trip to the west bank or gaza – which i would really advise against – they wont be a problem…

      one thing to know though- is that its now commen to have your bags checked when entering shops, shopping malls, banks etc – so dont carry anything that could be mistrued as a weapon or bomb etc..

      again – if you look very arab – it might be wise to carry your passport with you at all times. There is racism in Israel – and a whole lot of suspicion against anyone looking very arab – its not nice or fair but thats the nature of the situation in Israel.

      If you are going to speak arabic – do it discreetly – or save it for arab markets or towns etc .. speaking arabic loudly in the middle of a tel aviv shopping mall or bank etc will NOT do you any favors..
      A lot of Israelis speak at least basic english – rather than arabic- so stick with it whereever possible.

      4 ) As for the airport – use your australian or new zealand passport. You WILL be interrogated – more so than your fellow white or european looking citizens .. there shouldnt be any need to mention where you were born unless specifically asked – but if you are – be honest – and open. Israeli airport staff are trained to spot terrorists – and look for signals of lying etc

      Id advise you to appear as ”western ” as possible – especially at the airport – no beards or palastinian style scarves, no kufi hats or islamic jewellry or copies of the Quran etc … there are arab and muslim israelis – but security is VERY tight at airports ..

      if you are really worried – about being let in – check with your nearest israeli embassy before you go -but if you moved to Oz when you were a baby and just happened to be born in Iraq – there shouldnt be a problem…

      it might also help if you can bring a letter from your local church or mosque- anything official looking – to confirm the reason for your visit. Any docs further supporting your australian citizenship etc will also help…

      other than that – try not to worry – Israel is an amazing place- and contrary to what some poeple might like to think – we are not all trigger happy racist palastinian/ muslim haters – you will have a great time…

  3. Ms. Ask a lot says:

    PLEASE READ! Desperate for help. Publishing soon! Deadlines, and I need advice!?
    Another story idea – It’s very important because this is being published already. The art IS DONE, I just need a review or two about what you think of the story.

    In 2347, technology had advanced so far, that scientists decided to create a super-scanner, that could scan down the DNA structure of humans, using special stones called ‘Cyphionite’. When someone died, they could just import their memories and DNA into a cyborg, and continue where they left off. The scientists also eventually started to scan down the earth.
    But in that same year, an idiot got hold of one of the Cyphionite stones, and imploded the earth with it’s power. A few hundred scientists that were headed to mars for data collection saw this event, and took the data from the Earth and the little humans they had scanned, and reformatted everything.

    2408, Earth is now ‘Cyber-World’, and about 1400 humans are left on Cyber-World earth. Cyber-World is now reduced to a water-filled planet, with only 3 land masses left. The land masses are now Azure, Qui-Yen, and Xiao-qi. These countries each have their own royal family, and are ruled by COMPLETE dictation. One law broken, and your punishment is instant death. All of the humans on Cyber-World are cyborgs. The world is like a large video game now. It is an enormous Data Structure, that now can have bugs in it. The story starts off with a girl named Katao. Heir to the throne in the Azure Royal Family. She’s fiesty, and is sick of this dictation.
    She hears of a legacy of one of the Cyphionite stones being held in the Xiao-Qi royal families holy grounds. She travels there in persuing the stone. Once she finds it, she is caught by the son, and heir of the Xiao-Qi royal family, Zaid. They both want out, and decide to team up. She discovers that the Cyphionite stone is on a necklace that he wears. Once they escape from the Xiao-Qi territory, they start traveling around.

    ..But it turns out there was a HUGE bug in the scanning down process… the Cyber-World is infected with viruses, and it’s up to Katao and Zaid to use the power of the Cyphionite to take down viruses and tears in the data. (don’t forget, they’re cyborgs! They’re a lot stronger than you think) After they discover this, they go to see Zaid’s seer, a young child and her grandma, to figure out what to do to save the world from dictation, and the horrible viruses that scan people’s memories down for power.

    That’s about it so far! Thank you SOOO much for reading! I hope this is interesting…

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, Lili you’re an asshole. I actually think this is really interesting. You might be going somewhere with this. And even if you get turned down- think of it, J.K. Rowling (who is now a BILLIONAIRE), was turned down by almost every publishing company in London. Don’t give up. :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    questions about going on a tourism/pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land?
    Hi, I am considering perhaps making a visit to the Holy Land sometime soon. Places I am most interested in seeing are the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born, Nazareth where he grew up, and Jerusalem, particularly the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I would also like to visit many other towns and locations in the area, because I know they also had alot to do with his life, as he visited them, and they also have some significance in the Old testament.

    Any way, I have more than one specific question, I’d appreciate it if somebody could help me out.
    1. Is there any sort of organisation for tourists which takes people on guided tours of these places and old Churches in Bethlehem, Nazareth etc.
    2. Will it be expensive? I’m not exactly rich that I can afford to stay in luxury hotels, so my primary concerns is cheap travel and accomodation.
    3. Would you say it is safe to go these places, I know it’s safe at the moment, but the place is kind of unpredictable and anything could happen at anytime. Most of the places such are within the Palestinian territories, so I know there are many checkpoints, and military operations are conducted there sometimes. So yeah, is it safe?
    4. Finally, I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to ask this, but will I be allowed in Israel; I have an Australian and New Zealand citizenship, but I am also an Iraqi citizen by birth, so I have an Iraqi citizenship. Does that mean I wont be allowed to go there, because some family members of mine in the past were not allowed to go there on pilgrimage because of their Iraqi citizenship, but they only had an Iraqi citizenship, whereas I have three.

    Please answer my queries in full detail, I would really like to visit this place, I have been planning to for some time, and I hope i can gain alot from my journey, spiritually and religiously. Thanks.

    • f_k_alkhalili says:

      I wish you all the luck in the world, and God’s blessings! Some friends went there and they had hard time, but they said it was worth it.. They found the Israeli authorities to be suspicious of everything and everybody, and the Israeli civilians don’t like foreigners. They treat outsiders as if they are fact finders from some humanitarian agency. The last thing you need to worry about is the native Palestinians; they are too busy worrying about the routine harassment they are subjected to in their daily life.

      However, I think you should go; the harder it is the more blessings you will get.

  5. Dax says:

    do you think i can get in to medical school?
    here is my resume.

    I have volunteered in many different areas during my years at North Park. My freshman year I participated in the Viking Kids Day which led me to further volunteer in the Holy Family after-school program in the projects. I also continue to participate as President of the Urban Outreach Green Team, the environmental conservation outreach program at North Park. Through this I have dedicated time to starting and maintaining the organic garden where food is grown for the North Park Friendship Center. Being a student leader in Urban Outreach has also exposed me to the Friends of the Refugees program as well as new groups and new people in the North Park community. Aside from help with people, during my first winter break and summer I volunteered for Indigo Pet rescue. This involved taking part in pet adoptions as well as doing physical labor in effort to start up a new facility for the training and housing of rescued pets.
    I have also been involved with many extra curricular activities. I became a member and later vice president of the Tri-Beta Honors Society. I am an active member and Historian of the North Park Chemistry Club, which participated in the 2009 NEIU Children’s Science event. I am also part of the North Park Math Club. I have been known get up early to enjoy the fishing club, which is still in development. Enjoying anatomy field trips is also something I have done in my free time, including a trip to Body Worlds and to RUSH Medical Center for cadaver dissections.
    My travel experiences start my freshman year with the Green Team. During spring break we dedicated our time to traveling up to Minnesota in attempt to take part in the reforestation of some land using Hybrid Poplar trees. Cutting off the new growth of the hybrid poplar branches, then preserving them for the winter allowed for the land-owners to plant these branches the next year, each one resulting in a new tree.
    Sophomore year of spring break consisted of long bus rides with the North Park Gospel Ensemble. While touring up and down the west coast between Oregon and Washington, we spread the Gospel by song all while growing in community with each other and through the close encounter with death on Mt. St. Helens. During freshman year, the Gospel ensemble also traveled to Kansas to worship there.
    Come my junior year, thanks to the financial aid gained from my summer research opportunity, I got to participate in the Ecology of Costa Rica class offered by Dr. Bjorkman. This trip consisted of treks through the rainforests, cloud forests, boat rides through the mangroves, and early morning Tapir hunts. These activities all in attempt to learn about a dying ecosystem I had always dreamed of visiting. This was by far the most enjoyable and educational experience I have had with North Park.
    I also did a research internship at UT southwestern Medical center and am going to start research on PD in the fall. My GPA is slightly over a 3.6 and Ive been awarded some biology scholarships the last two years. Im currently taking an MCAT prep course and will be taking that in august. So my score for that is non-existent.

    What do you guys think? im freaking out thinking im missing some major clinical experience. Do you think lacking clinical experience will severely hinder my chances of getting into medical school?

    • PE2008 says:

      I think you loaded up your ECs with a lot of showy ostentatious gestures that have nothing to do with medicine and only make you look like a cynical ticket puncher.

      Dial back — a lot.

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