Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a news release that was recently distributed to the media.
Since the first week of December, tens of thousands of Ark Encounter guests have experienced the wonder of a spectacular new event called “ChristmasTime at the Ark.” Through January 15, three times each evening (at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.), Ark visitors will watch a world-class animated laser-projection show, Encounter the Wonder. Fourteen video projectors use the massive Ark as a long screen.
The exterior of the 510-foot-long Ark has become a five story-high screen for this high-tech, dramatic laser-video projection show, with a state-of-the-art sound system accompanying the striking animation. The 9-minute film Encounter the Wonder depicts animals walking up the Ark ramp, the floodwaters rising, a cutaway of the Ark’s three decks so guests can peer inside, the coming of Christ, and other eye-opening images.
Guests are very enthusiastic about Encounter the Wonder and the Ark experience:
Amazing! The Ark is larger than imagination. This is the largest creation-gospel account I’ve ever seen.
–Clint from Virginia
Great sound system; fantastic; fabulous color and content made the Genesis story come to life!
–Reunion group from Arkansas, Utah, Lousiana, Indiana, and Kentucky
Incredible; powerful sound and impressive graphics; once-in-a lifetime experience!
–Joe and Liz from Kansas
The Scripture-based presentation begins in Genesis, continues to Noah’s Flood, proceeds to Christ’s birth, and concludes with the message of the Cross. Excerpted clips are available for download here:
Clip of the animals coming to the Ark. MP4 (8.22 MB)
Clip about the nativity of Jesus. MP4 (5.83 MB)
The grounds of the Ark Encounter are still open to the public for shopping and dining at no charge (except for the cost of parking) through February 28, 2018. Guests will be able to observe up close the outside of the impressive 510-foot-long Ark, shop inside its large gift store offering extensive Fair-Trade items and browse other artisan stores, grab a meal at Emzara’s buffet restaurant just a few steps from the Ark, and stroll through the ever-expanding Ararat Ridge Zoo and petting zoo area to view the exotic animals.
As visitors enjoy the Ark Encounter grounds and zoo for free (parking $10 per car) through February, they can purchase tickets at the usual price to go inside the Ark and experience the three massive decks of world-class exhibits. Children, teens, and adults can also buy tickets for a camel ride and soar on the thrilling zip lines.
“ChristmasTime at the Ark” is free except for the cost of parking and tickets must be purchased to walk inside the Ark and take any rides. “ChristmasTime at the Ark” begins at 4:30 p.m. and closes at 9:10 p.m. through January 15; the Ark Encounter park opens at 9 a.m.
With huge crowds throughout the year of sometimes 8,000 a day visiting, Ark attendance continues to be strong outside the summer vacation months. One day alone in late December, over 5,000 guests toured the Ark grounds and viewed Encounter the Wonder.
The Ark Encounter, owned and operated by Answers in Genesis, is located in Williamstown, Kentucky (south of Cincinnati) at exit 154 off I-75.
More about the events at the Ark Encounter occurring through February, including “ChristmasTime at the Ark,” can be found at ArkEncounter.com.
AiG is an apologetics (i.e., Bible-defending) ministry based in northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati. AiG opened the Ark Encounter, a one-of-a-kind Christian themed attraction in 2016 with a massive Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, Kentucky, which sometimes draws 8,000 guests in a day. Built according to the biblical dimensions in Genesis chapter 6, the Ark is 510 feet in length, making it the largest freestanding, timber-frame structure in the world. The Creation Museum, located west of the Cincinnati Airport, has welcomed well over three millions visitors and has proved to be a major family attraction in the Midwest.