(RNS) — The Holy Land Experience, a Christian-dependent concept park in Orlando, Florida, has been obtained by a Seventh-day Adventist well being care firm.
Trinity Broadcasting Network, the park’s proprietor because 2007, sold the about 15-acre museum and tourist attraction to Adventist Overall health Method Inc. The health and fitness care business, also recognized as AdventHealth, was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church “to extend the healing ministry of Christ,” according to its IRS filings.
The Holy Land Knowledge, 3 and a 50 % miles up the road from Common Studios Florida, was battling even in advance of it shut its doorways on March 14, 2020, in reaction to the distribute of COVID-19. It has remained closed given that then, reopening briefly in April 2021, when the park welcomed people for two totally free admission times at the park.
The park’s initial owner, Marvin Rosenthal, termed the park a “living museum.” Because its founding, the attraction has been overt about its mission to proselytize as properly as educate and entertain. The park boasted theatrical productions and reenactments of tales from the lifestyle of Jesus and the Hebrew Scriptures. The Christian local community Stay Church Orlando retains its worship services in its 2,000-seat Church of All Nations theater.
“The Holy Land Expertise provides the Word of the Bible to lifestyle. As a Christian-centered concept-park, our aim is for you to see God’s Term exalted, so you will be inspired,” the park’s web page claims.
Its explicitly religious mission and yearly working day of free of charge admission have granted the park relief from residence taxes. In 2006, the park benefited when then-Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law a bill that exempted nonprofit companies that displayed information about the Bible from shelling out property taxes.
But the park however struggled financially.
In 2007, when Trinity Broadcasting Community purchased the park from its original homeowners, it was described to be $8 million in credit card debt. Management experimented with a assortment of sights to entice far more readers and bulk up profits streams, like a biblical-themed mini-golfing training course called Trin-I-Tee, which opened in December 2015. Its 9 holes took players as a result of Noah’s Ark and Jonah’s whale.
All that ended in January 2020.
At the beginning of 2020, Trinity Broadcasting Network announced the park would target on exhibiting biblical artifacts and schooling and cease reside performances and reenactments. In February, the park laid off 118 employees as component of this transform in way, in accordance to the Orlando Sentinel. The Sentinel also documented the park was on the market place as of that February.
The sale to AdventHealth closed on Monday (Aug. 2) for a described $32 million, according to Orlando television station WFTV — less than the $37 million that Trinity Broadcasting Community compensated to purchase the attraction in 2007. Area news retailers report AdventHealth programs to repurpose the web page as a wellness treatment facility.