Holy Land opens its doors

October 6th, 2010 by Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL , FOX 35) – Thousands of Central Floridians and a few hundred tourists from all over the world showed up at the Holy Land experience for a free day-long pass Tuesday.

In fact there were so many people the theme park had to turn hundreds away giving out all of the 2000 tickets around 10:00 a.m.

The park has been giving away free admission to the public one day a year since 2007. It costs the park $70,000 in lost revenue from admission but they get a $300,000 property-tax exemption in return.

The Holy Land experience is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization with no stock ownership. Back in 2006 the theme park successfully sued for tax-exempt status as a religious museum.

The only catch — it had to waive its $35 admission fee at least once a year. This year that day was Tuesday.

People lined up in the predawn hours for a chance to enter the park which normally sees about 1200 visitors in an entire week.

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