Dance!…Bible Storyland!*

bible storylandMust-read coverage from the Daily Bulletin on best laid plans to build a $15 million, 220-acre bible-themed amusement park in Rancho Cucamonga in the 60’s. The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz was a key backer although I could have sworn the Scarecrow was the one without a brain.

Park-goers would have seen versions of the Tower of Babel, the pyramids of Egypt, King Solomon’s Temple, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Circus Maximus in Rome and the Ziggurat of Ur.

As envisioned, they could ride a hollowed log through the Garden of Eden, a camel to the pyramids and a donkey in Nazareth, where they would see an animatronic Joseph working in his carpentry shop.

bible storyland 2You can also check out artist renderings of these rides which are available for purchase online.

But as horrible as this concept sounds, Bible Storyland still has more legs than California Adventure.

(*to be sung to the tune of Earth, Wind and Fire’s Boogie Wonderland)