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Holy Land Experience Free Day

This year’s Holy Land Experience free day is scheduled for February 24, 2016. For one day out of the year, this Orlando theme park offers free admission into the park. They do this in order to qualify for property-tax exemption status as a religious entity under state law.

This attraction is usually less crowded than other Orlando attractions, however, on this date it will be bustling with guests. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Plan to arrive when the park opens at 10:00 a.m. due to possible park closures once capacity of about 2,000 has been reached (and it usually does reach capacity on Holy Land Experience free day).

Attending this park is such a unique way to experience the Bible. Not only the sights will take you over 7,000 miles away and over 2,000 years back in time, but the sounds and tastes will as well. There are shows, shopping and dining all within the theme park.

Holy Land Experience Free Day

The Holy Land Experience is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., but is closed on Sunday and Monday. Holy Land Experience is also closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If you’d like to attend a Sunday church service, a non-denominational Christian service is offered (Trinity Christian Center) at the Theater of Life (inside the Temple building) in the center of the park. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: All ages are welcome, however, they do not offer a nursery or teen/youth group.

Holy Land Experience Free Day – Save Money

If you will not be attending Holy Land Experience free day, ticket prices are $50 per adult, $35 per child (6-12) and $20 per pre-k child (3-5). If you want to see all of the shows and go through each experience thoroughly, you may want to consider a 2-day ticket ($75/$50/$35). This will allow you to see more of the theatrical presentations. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: While all of the live entertainment is inspiring, be sure to catch “Passion of the Christ Live Drama.” It is a little lengthly, but very inspirational.

While adults may enjoy this Orlando attraction the most, there are plenty of fun things to do for kids. An entire section of the park is dedicated to youngsters called the Smile of a Child Adventure Land. In the future, a nine-hole miniature golf course will also be featured (completion date T.B.D.). Teenagers have their fun too at the JUCE Explodes Youth Center where at certain times throughout the day they can sing karaoke, participate in a praise dance-off and more.

Enjoy the Holy Land Experience free day, located just off Interstate-4 at 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811. For more information call 407-872-2272, or go to  holylandexperience.com. Since the day is free, why not consider a small donation while you are there? I’m sure you will feel blessed!

Easter in Orlando: Free Events

Easter events in Orlando

If you are visiting Orlando and looking for something fun to do on Easter, there are some free events that might interest you. If a nearby church service doesn’t interest you, think about attending an Orlando area attraction – for FREE!

Free Admission into Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales will hold a sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Admission will be free from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. If you arrive after the service, general admission prices kick in. Tickets to this attraction are $12 for adults and $3 for children 5-12.

The Easter service will play seasonal music from the bell tower beginning at 6:30 a.m. Following the bells a bagpiper will play hymns, including the traditional favorite “Amazing Grace.” Lake Wale’s First Presbyterian Church reverand will deliver the sermon and more music will be performed. Appearances by The Lake Wales Brass and the Lake Wales Chorale groups will add to the 45-minute service.

If you are hungry, after the service stay and enjoy a buffet at the Blue Palmetto Cafe. Prices are $10.95 for adults and $7.95 for children under 12. Other hymns and carillon music will be played throughout the day. The Easter service has been a tradition since 1927.

Free Presentation of “The Passion of the Christ” at the Holy Land Experience

A very good way to spend Easter Sunday is to take your family to an inspiring movie…for free! The Holy Land Experience is offering three free showings of “The Passion of the Christ” on: Good Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. and on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 3:00 p.m. Even parking is free.

This does not include entrance into the main theme park, however, it does include parking outside the park’s Church of All Nations. 2,000 seats are available for the movie. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Since this free offer is on a first-come, first-served basis, be sure to arrive early.

The movie will be shown uncut and without interruption on a 60- by 20-foot high devinition screen. It was produced by Mel Gibson in 2004 and is known for its realistic portrayal of Jesus’ crucifixtion. If you’ve never seen the movie, it is highly recommended. The Holy Land Experience is located at 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811.

Free Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Winter Park will host its 61st annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. This is for families with children up to 10 years of age. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: The hunt begins promptly at 10 a.m., so be sure to arrive early. Parking can be a challenge, so have patience!

Children with special needs are also encouraged to join in the fun. Over 10,000 eggs will be placed throughout Central Park. As always, children who come up empty handed will still be able to enjoy special treats at the designated candy area. The event takes place at the Central Park West Meadow in downtown Winter Park near the corner of New York Avenue & Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, FL 32789

Other Important Attraction Dates

If you are looking ahead and want to mark your calendar, the following dates should be noted. So many new and exciting events are happening within the Orlando theme parks and attractions, it is hard to keep up with it all. Think of this as a “heads up” to coming special events.

  • April 16: “Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High” show opens to the public at SeaWorld.
  • April 18: Universal’s Mardi Gras closes.
  • April 25: Skeletons: Animal Revealed attraction debuts at new I-Drive 360 complex.
  • May 2: Waves of Glory, a Christian-music festival, returns to Wet ‘n Wild water park.
  • May 3: “And Still We Rise” quilt exhibit closes at Orange County Regional History Center.
  • May 4: The Orlando Eye observation wheel, Madame Tussauds wax museum and Sea Life Aquarium all open at I-Drive 360.
  • May 9: Viva La Musica, a weekend festival with Latin cuisine and music, kicks off at SeaWorld.
  • May 15: Legoland Hotel opens just outside the gate of Legoland Florida in Winter Haven.
  • May 16: Star Wars Weekends begins at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • May 17: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival concludes. The final performers in the Garden Rocks concert series are Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.
  • May 22: Magic Kingdom stays open to guests for a 24-hour stretch, beginning at 6 a.m.
  • June 13: “Mummies of the World” exhibit will start at the Orlando Science Center.

Early Fall Theme Park Specials

 

A few early Fall theme park specials are being offered. Some special discounts are new and a few are repeats from last year. Typically September is one of the slower months, so it is not uncommon to find many Florida resident specials and the like.

Free Day at Central Florida Theme Park

Legoland FloridaA repeat from last year at Legoland Florida is a free day’s admission during September for all police officers, EMS and firefighters working in the U.S. Even retired personnel are eligible as long as they can show proper identification. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you qualify for this free theme park ticket, you may purchase up to 4 additional tickets for your family or friends for only $40 per ticket. If you want to include the water park, be sure it will be open on the day of your visit, and add it for only $15 per guest. This deal is only good through September 30. For more information, visit legoland.com.

Ripley's Museum offers special dealFree Admission for Teachers

A fun attraction located on International Drive is offering teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff (K-high school) free admission. Through October 19, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is offering this great deal. You must show a current pay stub or photo ID. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Bring family and friends along and receive 50% off their admission. You’ll enjoy the educational, and strange displays within this air conditioned venue. Perfect for a rainy day! Go to ripleys.com/orlando for more information, or call 407-345-0501.

Florida Resident Deal at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove LogoThis is an extended special offer for one of Orlando’s favorite theme parks. In fact, Discovery Cove is the number 1 amusement park in the world (according to the 2014 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards™. If you are a Florida resident and have never been to this park, now is the time to go.

Through December, Floridians can swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and rays while also encountering marmosets and exotic birds. The discounted package will cost $219, and includes admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica! New this year is the ability to add a Busch Gardens pass for an extra $25. The additional park admission is good through January 31, 2015. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: For an extra $49, you can add an underwater walking tour called SeaVenture. It is a lot of fun and will get you up close with the fish and even sharks. If you only want to visit the park and not swim with the dolphins, a cheaper theme park ticket is available for only $149. Proof of Florida residency is required for any of these special discounted tickets. For information or reservations, go to DiscoveryCove.com or call 1-877-434-7268.

 

Odd, Fun and Free Orlando Event

On Saturday, October 12, Ripley’s Orlando will host the second annual Oddtoberfest from noon to 5:00 p.m. This special event is FREE to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. What is Oddtoberfest? It is one day of fright, fun and festivities, when paying homage and celebrating the unusual is, believe it or not, a lot of FUN!

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This event is FREE! If you have children, this is a great way to enjoy the afternoon. It is not often you are able to visit the Orlando area and bring your children to something this much fun, at little to no cost. Be sure to purchase tickets if you want to tour the Odditorium before/during/after the event.

Beebs and Her Money MakersLive music will be performed throughout the afternoon by Beebs and Her Money Makers. If you missed them at the Vans Warped Tour, come see them perform for free. The Orlando Odditorium served as their location while shooting the video hit Jumpin,’ and are as close to being Ripley’s house band as you can get. They’ll rock the festivities which will include plenty of other live entertainment.

If you enjoy karate, or you have little ones currently enrolled in karate classes, you’ll not want to miss Sensei Mike Reeves and his Over the Edge Team. Qubits catDuring this free Orlando event, they will display their amazing karate skills and break bricks and boards.  Watch him attempt to break a few world records too! Maybe your kids are into Qubits, or like to build things. The founder of Qubits, Mark Burginger will build a 13-foot tall tower made entirely from Qubits toy pieces. If ABC’s Shark Tank featured them, you know it’s going to be great!

Trevor Dreher trick-ropingTrevor Dreher will be displaying his world-class trick roping talents at this free Orlando event. You don’t see that every day! Nor do you see an amazing vehicle from Parker Brothers Concepts – the famous Green Machine – every day. This is certainly not a kids toy. Powered by a motorcycle engine, this adult size vehicle is powerful and fun to experience.

Other fun events include face painting, bounce house and a temporary tattoo artist. Oddtoberfest is held in the parking lot at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium located at 8201 International Drive. The event will take place rain or shine, so plan to attend Saturday, Oct. 12. Guests who want to tour the Odditorium will be required to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.ripleys.com/orlando.

Have an odd Saturday of fun and enjoy Oddtoberfest!

About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 12 million people visit its 90-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.  In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

FREE Parks Entrance – This Weekend!

Okay, so there are no THEME parks that are giving away free entrance this weekend, but there are over 392 National Parks that are! What a great way to spend a day or even a few hours – for free! During the year there are 5 designated ‘free’ dates and this weekend happens to be one of them. Mark your calendar for the remaining fee-free days this year:

  • August 14-15, 2010
  • September 25, 2010 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010 (Veterans Day)

Not only is the admission free, many parks are offering additional savings on lodging, food and souvenirs. Regular guided tours and outdoor activities will be available at some of the favorite parks across the country. While many enjoy the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, right here in Florida, tourist will be busy visiting the exotic Everglades National Park. This is not the only National Park in Florida, however. We also have the following parks worth visiting:

Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, FL
Biscayne National Park – Miami, Key Biscayne & Homestead, FL
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument – St. Augustine, FL
Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West, FL
Everglades National Park – Miami, Naples, and Homestead, FL
Fort Caroline National Memorial – the Timucuan Preserve; Jacksonville, FL
Fort Matanzas National Monument – St. Augustine, FL
Gulf Islands National Seashore – Gulf Breeze, Florida
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor – FL, GA, NC, SC
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve – Jacksonville, FL

Parks a little closer to the Central Florida area are:

Canaveral National Seashore – Titusville and New Smyrna Beach, FL
and
De Soto National Memorial – Bradenton, FL

Both of these parks offer a dip in the water to help you cool off and offer excellent fishing, hiking, boating, nature and other activities to fill a day or just a few hours.

Orlando Tourist Tip: More than 200 national parks offer free admission year round including De Soto National Memorial. Even though the Canaveral National Seashore normally costs $3/person, it is great when you can enter for free, so take advantage of the free admission and enjoy your time at a National Park!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.