Most people know the story of Noah and his ark — it was a major biblical story. Well, Christian organization is spending $86 million to create a modern interpretation, which will be the main attraction at their new Creationist theme park — .
Designed by the Indiana firm Troyer Group, the large ship-like structure will be nearly 80 feet tall and more than 500 feet wide (supposedly the same dimensions of Noah's ark) upon completion. Based in Northern Kentucky, it will also feature three different decks, featuring various interactive exhibits.
During its first year open, the group anticipates that the park will be host one to two million visitors. Following the grand opening, they even plan to keep it open for 40 days and 40 nights — a nod to Noah's story — to accommodate the expected influx of visitors.
"Religion sells in this region … we get a lot of religious groups and tours coming through here, and that only increased with the Creation Museum," Eric Summe, chief executive officer for the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, .
Even though the park doesn't open until next summer, pre-sale tickets will be available starting January 18 .
Answers in Genesis' founder Ken Ham, who also oversaw the construction of the Creation Museum which had 400,000 visitors in its first year, has high hopes for this new religious attraction. "People expect the quality of a Universal Studios and we're going to give it to them," he .