A Christian-based theme park in Orlando, Florida, the Holy Land Experience features full-size re-creations of Biblical scenes that bring the Holy Land to life. Here you’ll find a Jerusalem street market, the Great Temple, the House of Judea, the Calvary’s Garden Tomb, and Esther’s Banquet Hall, as well as entertainment and story-telling.
Holy Land’s interactive exhibits are designed to take visitors back 2,000 years and thousands of miles away, to the people and places depicted in the Bible. Even the main entrance is designed to appear as the Main Gate and Jaffa Gate to the old city of Jerusalem. The park is an immersive experience that enables visitors to bring their faith and the history depicted in the Bible alive, along with the life and times of Jesus Christ.
Here you can also check out the Scriptorium, a collection of ancient artifacts and Bible-related antiquities. A theater and outdoor stage act as backdrops for live shows, from plays to Broadway-style musicals. A fully operational religious and nonprofit organization, the park offers weekly church services and Bible study groups. Purchasing a ticket ahead of time guarantees your admission to this popular attraction. And to admission you can add on experiences including the Tabernacle Tour, the Tech Tour, and the Wardrobe Tour.
Know Before You Go
Children between 5 and 14 years old receive discounted admission; children aged four and under are free.
Several dining options include the Last Snack, the Church of All Nations Bistro, Martha’s Kitchen, and Esther’s Banquet Hall.
See the park’s website for information on transportation from the Disney World and Universal Studios area and resorts.
How to Get There
The Holy Land Experience is located about 10 miles from downtown Orlando, off of Interstate 4. Parking is free, or you can take the LYNX (Orlando’s public transportation system) Route 24 or Route 40.
When to Get There
The park is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
An alternative to travelers who desire the spiritual experience of traveling to Israel, the Holy Land Experience is dedicated to producing an authentic, immersive experience. Taking one of the backstage tours (an add-on to admission) lets visitors see what goes into creating such a flawless production. The Tabernacle Tour teaches visitors how the Tabernacle was used in Biblical times, the Tech Tour shows how the elaborate performances are put on, and the Wardrobe Tour shows the care that goes into the faithful re-creation of authentic garments.