The global pandemic has shifted many things for theme parks in Orlando.
Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando saw extended closures in 2020, employees were laid off, and park entertainment was cut down. Now, a major piece of theme park property has just been sold in Orlando.
The Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park in Orlando, has been sold to health care company Advent Health, according to the Orlando Business Journal.
Holy Land Experience Ministries Inc. (which is related to Trinity Broadcasting Network) sold 14 acres for $32 million to Advent Health, with the deal closing on August 2nd. The sale seems to only be the theme park and not the rest of the 65 acres Trinity Broadcasting Group owns, which includes office buildings, according to the Orlando Business Journal.
A statement was released from Advent Health to the Orlando Business Journal saying in part that they “will make a significant investment in redeveloping the property to bring enhanced health care services to the community.” They said plans for the site will be released in the future.
Holy Land Experience recreated themes and buildings from ancient Jerusalem, including biblical reenactments. There is also a church on the property. The theme park opened in 2001 and has been closed since March of 2020 due to the pandemic, except for 2 days this past April where they briefly opened to offer free admission. Holy Land Experience posted on their Facebook that they were “closed until further notice” on May 10th, 2021.