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Free entry to Holy Land theme park Tuesday

Holy Land Experience, the Christian-themed attraction near Interstate 4 in Orlando, will hold its annual free-admission day on Tuesday, a perk for visitors that lets the park keep its tax-exempt status as a religious organization. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and visitors are allowed in free until the park reaches capacity, which is about 2,000 people. It has reached capacity by early afternoon in recent years on its free day, the park's website says. The usual admission fee is $45 ($30 for ages 6 to 12), and parking is free. The reason for the free day? It's all about the tax collector, a frequent villain in Sunday school stories. In 2006, following a four-year fight with the Orange County property appraiser's office, the theme park successfully sued for tax-exempt status as a religious museum. The only catch was that it had to waive its admission price for at least one day a year. Described as a living, biblical theme park and museum, Holy Land Experience features historical and theatrical presentations based on events in the Bible. For information, go to HolyLandExperience.com. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Free entry to Holy Land theme park Tuesday 01/23/14 [Last modified: Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:53am]

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