Breaking news released earlier today has folks buzzing: Apparently the owner of Orlando Christian theme park The Holy Land Experience has been sold to AdventHealth in what is being called one of Central Florida’s most high-profile property sales so far this year. The Holy Land Experience is located at 655 Vineland Road Orlando just on the opposite side of I-4 from the Mall at Millenia.
Holy Land Experience Ministries Inc. – an entity related to Tustin, California-based theme park operator and landowner Trinity Broadcasting Network – sold 14 acres at 4655 Vineland Road for $32 million to Adventist Health System Sunbelt Inc., an entity related to the Altamonte Springs-based nonprofit health care system, according to Orange County records. The deal closed earlier this week on Aug. 2.
Now if you’ve kept up with any of the news swirling around The Holy Land Experience for any number of years it’s been followed by controversy for several different reasons – one of which it’s truly a “theme park” or not. Technically they refer to themselves as “a living biblical museum” as to what’s long been thought a move to maneuver around tax issues (refer to this recent Orlando Weekly article as well as this one) and as such offers one free day of admission annually to the public. We’re just reporting the facts here, folks. No news as of just yet about whether or not the “theme park” will continue on as is, will be refurbished or revamped into something entirely new, or just demolished completely.
Have you ever been to Holy Land Experience during its 20-year residency (it opened in February of 2001) here in the Central Florida area? We’ve always wanted to check it out but have never gotten around to it.
We originally learned of this news via an article on WFTV.com.