While a believer that a Christian experience can be found anywhere, this attraction was a sore disappointment. From the perspective of someone who has actually been to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, the park is barely authentic and should not be advertised as a Holy Land "experience." That is a gross misnomer and does a horrible disservice to those who may not ever be blessed to travel to the actual location.
When we arrived, there were absolutely no live performances happening. There should be some performance or re-enactment rotating at all times, no matter when guests arrive at the park. At Guest Services, the single person working was overwhelmed with those who had not purchased their tickets prior to arriving at the park. He had to stop what he was doing to scan our tickets and then rush back to help those in line. The Guest Services area is quickly overcrowded if a busload of guests arrives.
Many of the displays in the Christus Gardens are gaudy, and bordered on offensive regarding some Jewish traditions. There are two good exhibits: 1) the re-creation of the Shrine from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; and 2) the scale model of the city of Jerusalem that also had a knowledgeable gentleman giving commentary (in the gift shop). The Garden Tomb was actually interesting until we went into the anteroom at the back of the exhibit. Containing unrelated trinkets, baubles and random items, we have no idea what that was for or supposed to represent.
Since we were not able to see any of the re-enactments / live performances during the time we were visiting, we may have missed a viable part of what would have possibly made the park better. We couldn't even go inside the Great Temple (if you can do so), Church of All Nations or the Upper Room (that houses the Last Supper re-enactment) to view them - they were all locked. While we will not discourage anyone from going, we cannot in all honesty recommend it and we will not be revisiting when in the Orlando area again.
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