It is a place of promise and hope. It is the land of God’s people, a setting rich in history, divine redemption, stunning victory, crushing defeat—and wondrous rebirth. It is the land of Jesus’ nativity, life, death—and resurrection. It is Israel—the Holy Land—the faith-impacting destination of multiplied thousands of visitors every year. It is also the inspiration behind one of the most innovative theme parks in America, TBN’s Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida.
That’s right! Situated in the heart of the nation’s most popular vacation spot is an unforgettable adventure that will transport visitors back thousands of years to experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, historical time frames—and impacting truths—of the Bible. With its colorful and realistic recreations of ancient Israel, exciting dramatizations of favorite Bible stories, and awe-inspiring musical productions, the Holy Land Experience has become a must-see attraction for individuals, families, church groups, and others.
“Everyone wants to visit the Holy Land, to walk where Jesus walked and see where He ministered to the multitudes, ” said Jan Crouch, president of the Holy Land Experience. “But time and financial constraints can prevent many from making this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We’ve created the Holy Land Experience to give people the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of the Holy Land right here at home.”
From the moment guests enter the park’s rich panorama of landscape, architecture, and living scenes, they are immersed in a convincing depiction of ancient Jerusalem and Israel. Every exhibit, live program, and dramatization brings visitors face-to-face with the characters, customs, and relevance of Old and New Testament Scripture.
The Holy Land Experience makes the Bible come to life through such recreated displays as the Jerusalem Street Market, where guests take in the sights and sounds of the ancient City of David; the Qumran Caves, where some of the most recent biblical manuscripts were discovered; the Wilderness Tabernacle, the very heart of worship for the children of Israel after their exodus from Egypt; the Great Temple, the imposing place of worship deeply revered by First Century Jews; and the Garden Tomb, where Christ was buried and rose three days later.
One of the park’s most impressive historical exhibits is the renowned Scriptorium, with its collection of priceless biblical antiquities, along with enlightening presentations that offer visitors a dramatic look at the history of the Bible and the impact Scripture has had upon the world.
In addition to these inspirational exhibits and programs, the Holy Land Experience has a special place for kids called Smile of a Child Adventureland, where younger guests are treated to a fun and exciting world where they become a part of their favorite Bible stories.
“Holy Land Experience is one of the most relevant and life-changing vacation destinations that individuals, families, church groups, youth groups—just about anyone—could experience,” said TBN founder Paul Crouch. “The true-to-life exhibits, the dramas and musical productions—even the wonderful food and unique shops—add up to an unforgettable adventure for folks of all ages.”