I went with my family which is quite large, children aged 6-16. The children's attractions were bean bags tossing and rock climbing that wasn't even open. Jonah's attraction was a hokey fish with the creepiest fish faces I've ever had the displeasure to see.
Anyway, we thought it was going to be like the holy land, authentic and inspiring. But it was anything like the real holy land. Creepy, gawdy plastic cut outs of Middle Eastern people cover the park, but they are dressed in sparkly head garbs that are more like bejeweled prom dresses than the modest clothes of the time. Speaking of which, Jesus was blond and had blue eyes, not to mention he was decked out in rich, embroidered robes. Jesus. Don't they know he was a carpenter and a fugitive of the time and definitely not Caucasian.
The Passion play was very nice and moving, besides the hokey praise music sung by the tone-deaf actors. Good thing they sang loud or else I wouldn't have fully appreciated the lack of musical talent. The passion is a moving story in itself, so just keep the music instrumental. Very moving, enjoyed the play once I plugged my ears. Oh, it was also crowded in the 102 F heat, so crowded that people blocked the fans. There was a woman who walked around through the crowds during the play who told all the children they couldn't sit in the front. What's the logic behind that?
The museum full of history, finally. The woman who let us into the Scriptorium was so rude. We asked if the museum would be interesting for our little kids who are 10, 8, and 6. The woman just replied that "they aren't that young." Well, thank you for pointing out their age and avoiding the question.
The scriptorium was a group tour that narrated about History and preached to us. No big deal, we can just walk through the museum. Well, no, because you are blocked off by automatic doors that open when the boring narration is done. Each narration was around 7 minutes which made the entire tour an HOUR. Well, you can always escape the tour through the exits, oh wait, they're ALARMED. With little kids who clearly didn't enjoy the preachy, long winded tour, we ended up just pushing the automatic doors, triggering an alarm, but at least we got out of that tour.
There were cut outs of the owner's wife among the park. It was so self-promoting.
The cost was entirely too expensive, especially when you can spend 2 hours and see the entire park.
Go to a church and you'll get a far more inspiring experience than the idealized, Caucasian park filled with Italian plastic statues and white Jesus.
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