Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

We've arrived, so excited to be here!

The security guard took our pic for us, all of the employees...

So many beautiful statues on the property...

Walking toward the Scriptorium...

The grounds are beautiful, love this hedge 'message'...

A closer look for you...

Isn't she pretty?

Amazing details in this bronze...

Another look back across the lake...

Interesting info...

I never pictured the boat looking quite like this...

The tomb...

'We Shall Behold Him' has begun...

The actor's are amazingingly good...

You really had to be here...

Silence from audience...

Hard to watch...

Check out the sky...

Amazing...

Moving to the temple next shot...

The Temple Plaza...

A beautiful scene, so well done...

Last shot of this re-enactment...

I love this...

Garden of Gethsemane...

Lovely fountain...

On display...

Artwork is nice but check out this clock!

Check out these chairs!

Yep, I'm Queen for a day, lol!

Jerusalem Model 66 A.D.

World's largest indoor model of Jerusalem...

Live Drama-Bethlehem's Miracle Night...

The lights are beginning to come on as dusk approaches...

Christus Garden...

Nice...

Love the reflection in the water...

Beautiful...

In front of the Scriptorium...

It is so peaceful here...

Beauty around every corner...

Sat under this gazebo...

My favorite...

Can't you just hear this fountain, splashing down it's side?

Praise God...

What an amazing sound!!

Cool...

Hope you enjoyed The Holyland Experience, we certainly did!


Friday we visited The Holy Land Experience, a themed exhibit and museum located in Orlando, Florida that is meant to replicate the ancient architecture of biblical Jerusalem. The park opened in February 2001 but was purchased, and is now run, by the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2007. The 15-acre theme park's grounds are beautiful but the 'Experience' is most known for it's dramatic portrayals of biblical events, live music, specialty shops and the 18,000-square-foot Scriptorium: Center for Biblical Antiquities, a nonsectarian library and research center. I thought the scriptorium was above excellent. So much history and information on how the Bible came to be. It was the only thing we waited in line for nearly an hour to enter. They only allow a group of 15 persons to enter every 7 minutes in order to space folks in each 'room' long enough to listen to each informative presentation on that room's contents. I couldn't believe the numbers of people who just kept on walking through, not taking time to listen to the presentations and look at the wonderful artifacts. Their loss....

The park is currently open from 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday. A time schedule is given to each guest upon arrival which includes 'Today's Live Shows'. The main event is held every day at 2:40pm, entitled 'We Shall Behold Him', a re-enactment of the death, resurrection & Glorious Return of our Lord. Oh my goodness, it was hard to sit and watch this program. If you've ever seen Mel Gibson's movie 'The Passion' you understand what I mean. The acting was truly amazing. Passionate, and obviously very heartfelt from each and every participant.

There are enough performances, lectures, and things to do here that a whole day may not be enough to see it all due to overlapping times of the various Live Shows. We actually came back on Saturday for a couple of hours to see a few things we missed on Friday. Wow, what a difference in crowd size! I highly recommend you visit mid-week if at all possible. And try to be there right at 10am, otherwise you will miss some of the early scheduled events & many are not repeated that day.

Sometimes, the park invites well known guest speakers. Today's invited guest was presidential candidate Herman Cain. We were concerned that his visit and security detail would fill the park & cause long lines & delays. It turned out to not be an issue at all, and in the end we decided to attend his 30 minute presentation. He was quite interesting and spoke little about politics. His visit today was specifically to share his Christian beliefs & stage 4 cancer story. We were glad we added his talk to today's itinerary.

We saw two shows inside today, but most of the presentations were in what would be considered the streets and inner city of Jerusalem. We thought the many secluded sites for prayer and reflection were well done and certainly unusual in a theme park. We took many photos and were totally engrossed within the time and place where Jesus spent His days. As dusk settled in the lights glowed and the park was truly a thing of beauty. The Crystal Living Waters made for a nice finale. What a great day! If you get in the Orlando area, we highly recommend The Holyland Experience.



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