I spent yesterday at Six Flags Magic Mountain with our junior high and high school groups. Even though it was nearly 100 degrees we still had a great time. I love roller coasters so I never mind taking the students to Magic Mountain. While riding modern marvels like X2 and Tatsu, I couldn’t help but think about what Bible stories would make great roller coaster rides.
Noah’s Ark is clearly the front runner for an amusement park ride. Every park has a water ride so why not have one based on Noah’s animal cruise? It’d be like Splash Mountain except it would be based on the Bible instead of Disney’s most racist movie. Waiting in line could tell the story of humanity’s wickedness and it would culminate in a daring escape aboard your very own ark. Each ark could have its own animal theme and the person working the ride could tell people to get on two by two. I know someone wants to make a Noah’s Ark theme park but an individual ride seems for more likely and way more awesome.
The Promised Land
One of my favorite rides at Disney’s California Adventure is Soarin’ Over California. On the ride you’re suspended in a glider in front of a massive movie screen. The screen shows a bird’s eye view of California locales while wind blows in your face. There are also different scents released in the air: salt water while soaring over Monterey and oranges while flying over groves. The same concept could be applied to Israel. Soarin’ Over the Promised Land would be a great way to see where God called his people. There would need to be some computer generated images as the Temple is no longer there and there weren’t tour buses on every road back in the day. Different scents could include fish over the Sea of Galilee, roasting meat over the Temple mount and burning trash over Gehenna.
Sodom and Gomorrah
Obviously there are some parts of the Sodom and Gomorrah story that cannot be included in a family-friendly attraction. No one wants his or her three year old asking, “Why is Lot pushing his daughters outside the door?” But all of the destruction that befell Sodom and Gomorrah would make for a very exciting theme park attraction. There was mass destruction on the old Universal Studios tram ride. Instead of King along causing the destruction, though, it would be the very hand of God. The attraction would even continue as people exited, passing a woman made of salt. The Sodom and Gomorrah ride couldn’t be anywhere near David’s Petting Zoo.
I had a great time at Magic Mountain and rode some amazing roller coasters. Applying some biblical themes to those rides could have made them even more amazing, though. Except for the Green Lantern ride; that thing was unbelievable.
What other bible stories would make good theme park attractions?