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The Holyland Experience
If you want a break from the Theme Parks and some informative entertainment visit the Holyland Experience, which is open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm and is situated at:
4655 Vineland Road, Orlando – this is on the corner of Vineland Road and Conroy Road. When we went we left the I4 at exit 78 but I am not sure if that was the old or new exit number.
Check through your Discount/voucher books before you go as most of them contain vouchers giving your party at least $2 each of the admission price.
You will be taken 7000 miles away and 2000 years back in time to ancient Israel. Our family really felt the bible was brought to life with all the authentic costumes worn and the dramas and biblical presentations that were enacted.
When we arrived we headed for The Scriptorium. This is a themed walkway featuring genuine antiquities dating back 4500 years, we nearly lost Granddad here as he found it so interesting although I must admit the younger members of our party did not share his enthusiasm.
We then went on to the Jerusalem Model, a huge indoor model of ancient Jerusalem ad 66. We were beginning to understand what life was like so many years ago.
As the morning had been spent in the pool at the villa very little breakfast had been eaten so we called into the Oasis Palms Café and everyone indulged in a Goliath burger, these were really good.
The next exhibit we visited was the Wilderness Tabernacle, this was good because it brought to life the ancient biblical rituals of the Jewish people and even the younger ones were enjoying themselves.
There was much interest in the Plaza of Nations where roman columns and oil lamps surrounded us; The Temple of the Great King was quite awesome.
We proceeded on to the Theatre of Life where we saw “ Seed of Promise”. This original film showed God’s master plan for redeeming mankind.
After this we went to Calvary’s Garden Tomb, which was a facsimile of the site where Jesus’ body was laid. Here we watched a presentation that brought to life the truth about the tomb.
At the end of our visit the younger children in particular enjoyed digging in the desert sand for hidden artefacts before trying to persuade us to buy some of the many books, videos, games and stuffed animals that were on offer. The older ones made straight for the Qaboo & Company’s Oasis Outpost wall where they spend quite some time trying to climb the challenging wall.
Since our visit I believe they have added a new exhibit, A Day in the Life of a Monk. An archway leads you through to the life of a monk in the Middle Ages so it can be appreciated how humble and unassuming it was.
Our family enjoyed the visit although I do not think it would be suitable for very young children.
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