Plans moving forward to transform former Holy Land Experience site into a hospital campus
ORLANDO, Fla. — Plans are moving forward to transform the now-closed Holy Land Experience into a hospital campus. The project needs city council approval next before the 14-acre site is transformed into a massive medical campus. Last year, AdventHealth purchased the Holy Land site along Interstate 4 at the Conroy Road exit. READ: AdventHealth lays out plans to build hospital, medical office on former site of Holy Land ExperienceIt is a two-phase project, starting with a four-story medical office building and helipad. READ: AdventHealth’s site plan for former Holy Land Experience takes next step forwardLopez lives in the apartment complex across the street.wftv.com
AdventHealth’s site plan for former Holy Land Experience takes next step forward
ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal. The city of Orlando staff on Feb. 8 recommended the approval of a site plan for AdventHealth’s proposed project at the former Holy Land Experience. Read: AdventHealth lays out plans to build hospital, medical office on former site of Holy Land ExperienceHoly Land Experience Ministries Inc. -- an entity related to Tustin, California-based theme park operator and landowner Trinity Broadcasting Network -- sold the site last summer for $32 million to AdventHealth. Read: Temperature could affect accuracy of at-home COVID-19 testing kitsThe second phase would include a five-story, 250,100-square-foot hospital and a possible parking garage. Click here to read Ryan Lynch’s story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website.wftv.com
Holy Land Experience closes its gates to reduce spread of COVID-19
ORLANDO, Fla. – Holy Land officials announced Saturday that the religious experience would temporarily close to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The park’s doors will close at the end of the day Saturday and stay closed through the remainder of the month. “During the closure, The Holy Land Experience team members will receive their full pay,” Mike Everett said. The religious experience at Vineland and Conroy Roads near The Mall at Millenia draws hundreds of people every year for the park’s annual free admission day, allowing the organization to keep its tax-exempt status.
Holy Land Experience laying off most employees under corporate reorganization
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando’s biblical theme park, the Holy Land Experience, will lay off most of its employees as it undergoes a corporate restructuring, according to a letter sent to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. According to the letter, Holy Land Experience staff affiliated with stage shows and/or support would be laid off as part of a corporate-wide ministry reorganization. “(Holy Land Experience) will be permanently shutting down most department(s) and/or eliminating most positions,” the letter said. Some employees, based on their tenure with Holy Land, will be eligible for a severance package plan. Holy Land will continue to operate its educational attractions, including a biblical museum.
Holy Land Experience to end entertainment, performances this year
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Holy Land Experience in Orlando will undergo some changes this spring ending theatrical productions and entertainment at the Christian-based theme park. “This is not The Holy Land closing it’s doors for good,” said Nathan Daniels, TBN’s Marketing Director. “What I can say is that we care deeply about the team members who have been with us at The Holy Land Experience and we are offering generous severance packages.”Management at Holy Land are also re-evaluating “the best and most efficient use of the property, assessing other economic opportunities, including redevelopment," according to Holy Land general manager Mike Everett. “The change will refocus the park on its original plan and function,” Holy Land Experience general manager Mike Everett said in a statement. “We haven’t said exactly what that price will be.”According to The Holy Land Experience’s current entertainment schedule, guests can hear from Maria Magdalena—a young woman traveling down the wrong path—, join Peter on his journey to Rome and witness the resurrection of Lazarus.