When you think of vacationing in or near Orlando, Florida, with the family, it is normal to take in Disney World, Universal Studious, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or SeaWorld Orlando. But, what about the Holy Land Experience?
The Holy Land Experience (HLE) is a Theme Park in Orlando. Birthed in 2002, it is a “non-denominational Christian living biblical museum and church” owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
The theme park recreates the architecture and themes of the ancient city of Jerusalem in 1st century Judea.
Empower Magazines’ road trip from Houston to Orlando included an insightful tour of HLE. The HLE’s 43 Christianity exhibits along with gift shops and restaurants can all be visited in one day, but we don’t recommend it. Some shows run simultaneously, and you’ll want to make time for all the informative tours. 2-days works out just perfect.
Among the newest attractions at HLE is the interactive theatrical play, “The Promise,” performed in the elegant, breathtaking, state-of-the-art Church of All Nations. The Promise is an hour long presentation that highlights the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The actors, singers, and sound acoustics are extraordinary and well worth the time and experience.
You’ll also want to tour The Scriptorium. This very elaborate and historical venue presents a rich and “amazing journey through the history of the written Word as you view one of the world’s largest private collection of authentic, ancient Biblical artifacts.”
If you plan on taking the entire family to HLE, make sure that you visit The Smile of a Child Adventure Land. This family-focused and fun-filled section of the park has something to do for all ages. It not only showcases key Bible characters, but offers several rock climbing walls, a creatively designed “Trin-i-Tee” mini golf course, and much more.
Another great thing about HLE is that, unlike other Theme Parks you may have visited recently, the food, beverage, and gift shop prices throughout the park are very affordable. And, from the Coffee Shop to the Bistro, you will find the food and beverages very pleasing to the palate.
The best time to visit HLE is probably on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Why? Well, during the week, the theme park hosts bible study and church services open to the general public. Plus, most church groups tend to visit HLE later in the week and during the weekend. So smaller groups might benefit from less traffic and smaller lines at various exhibits during the week.
So, the next time you are planning a visit in or near Orlando, be sure to include The Holy Land Experience on your list of “must see” Florida theme parks.
Telephone: (800) 447-7235 or (407) 872-2272
Mail: The Holy Land Experience, 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811