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The Big Debate: Does religion have a place at theme parks?Submitted by Natalie Sim on Saturday, July 21, 2012 09:47
In this week's poll, we ask whether you think religous attractions belong at theme parks.
The recently-announced plans from the new owner of Ghost Town in the Sky to convert part of the fresh-out-of-bankruptcy park into a Christian-themed attraction have really got me thinking. Is there really a market for religous theme parks? And can a park really blend a "Wild West" theme with a "Holy Land" theme successfully?
Of course, there are a handful of existing religion-related parks around the world already. Take the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, for example - a "living museum" that aims to place guests in key moments from the bible. There are numerous exhibits and experiences to stimulate your senses, which aim to be educational and exciting at the same time.
Further afield, there's the Suoi Tiên Cultural Amusement Park in Vietnam, which boasts a blend of standard theme park attractions and a Buddhist religious exhibits. As well as a line up of impressive rollercoasters, its highlights include Heaven Palace (a recreation of the afterlife), and a boat ride that takes lucky guests on a trip through the 12 torments of hell.
Back at Ghost Town in the Sky, new owner Alaska Presley has revealed her intention to convert the uppermost area of the park into a new area, dubbed Holy Land. At its highest point, a giant statue of Jesus will act as a visual icon. This is due to debut in 2014 - one year after the cowboy-themed Western Town reopens.
Religion and theme parks may be a natural pairing for some people, and perhaps an undesirable one for others. Let us know your views by voting in our poll below.
Does religion have a place at theme parks?
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