2 Bible-themed parks proposed for Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Bible-themed parks are now in the works for Middle Tennessee.

The Trinity Broadcasting Network plans to move some exhibits from the nation's only Bible park, The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Fla., to Hendersonville's Trinity Music City, which it also owns.

Meanwhile, a group of developers is looking for a site for another park, Bible Park USA, which ran into community protests when it proposed a park outside Murfreesboro.

Dennis Spiegel, president of the consulting firm International Theme Park Services Inc., says theme parks are struggling with sagging attendance and falling revenues, and religious theme parks in particular have a poor track record of success.

The Holy Land Experience stages daily re-enactments of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection and has one of the largest private Bible collections in the world.

Bible Park USA is proposing a working replica of a first-century Galilean village, re-enactments of Bible stories, a parted Red Sea for visitors to stroll through and indoor rides.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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