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“Disappointing experience.”

Holy Land Experience
Ranked #72 of 437 things to do in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Holy Land Experience is designed to show visitors what it was like to live in the time of Jesus Christ.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed June 19, 2013

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.

3  Thank Where2NextTravel
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

I tried to give it a shot, but it is another way for the church to make money. The price is outrageous! For the same cost I could go to Disney! The food was horrible and the 'experience' lasted a whole 2 hours.

4  Thank anafire
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

The price is high considering how old the exhibits are and the limited amount of things to see and do. Most of the displays are cheap and gawdy. Its does have the TBN touch!

4  Thank deworsham
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Fantastic experience!!!Would recommend this to everyone. Excellent praise & worship singers, excellent actors, loved all the live performances, reasonable price for the park, free parking, great $1 cup of coffee in the Holy Grounds Coffee shop! Christianity is alive!!! Can't wait to experience it again.
Linda C

4  Thank 721rickc
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Being one who does not watch televangelists nor knew who the Crouch's were (other than seeing "the pink haired lady" on tv occasionally while channel surfing, I was a bit wary of going to Holyland, especially after reading all the negative reviews online. But my mom had always wanted to go there so I thought I would take her as an early birthday treat.

I decided to just put aside all comparisons with other area theme parks and just take Holyland at face value and enjoy the performances. I'm glad I did because I ended up having a good time. My mom, of course, loved it.

Sure, some of the skits were cheesy. Yes, the decor was over the top kitschy. All the mirrored walls inside the lobby of the Church of All Nations was a bit much. (The mirrored walls inside the ladies toilet stalls was DISTURBING.). All the gilded throne seating throughout the park was HILARIOUS. But it all just made the experience fun.

Unlike what others have experienced, we found the park employees very friendly and helpful. We took part in the outdoor Sermon on the Mount and saw three of the shows at the Church of All Nations venue. (That is the huge round gold building next to i-4 that looks like the Colliseum.). Our favorite part of the visit was the Communion With Jesus. It takes place inside a building with a cavelike entrance. Inside is an altar with several rows of stools. Everyone is given a peace of unleavened bread and grape juice. They have you close your eyes for a prayer and then when you open them, the "Savior" is there up front. The whole thing lasts about ten minutes but it was very impressive. Despite spending seven hours there, we never did get to do the Scriptorium tour.

My advice to anyone considering going here:
- Keep in mind that this attraction is performance based. It is all about the shows. There are no rides. With that said...
- Parents with kids who are easily bored should not bother coming. The park does make attempts to entertain the kiddies with their own special show as well as an activity room but otherwise there is really nothing for the young ones to do. For those who do bring kids, there is special seating for families during the indoor performances.
- if you do plan to come, try to arrive when the park opens because you will have a chance to see the outdoor things before the afternoon rains.
- If you plan to see the Passion Play, which is the main performance of the day, you might want to attend the previous show and then just stay in your seat afterwards. (That is what we and half the audience did.). This place fills up to the rafters for that last show.

The only constructive criticism I can give park management is to either have more than one ticket booth open up front or at least have a separate line for the tour buses. Oh, and maybe get rid of the mirrored walls in the bathroom stalls. I am still having nightmares.

9  Thank chakkuri
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