Ken Ham had a vision, possibly one that he felt was given to him by God. Like Noah, he had the vision to build an ark. This was different than the first time, though. This new ark was built not to save animals, but in the name of good old American Capitalism, because good old Ken needed money.
Ken decided that he would build a Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park where he could educate America on how the world is only 6000 years old and people lived along side dinosaurs. Ken promised the state of Kentucky this would be wildly successful. He personally projected upwards of 2 million visitors in the first year alone.
This is how he convinced Kentucky to fork over $18 million in taxpayer money to subsidize his project. After a lot of resistance by the people of Kentucky, their elected leaders opted to hand over the money anyway because of the promises of success they were given.
As you’ll see below, things didn’t quite work the way they expected.
The Friendly Atheist attended the opening day and provided some pictures and video of the crowds. That’s the joke. There were no crowds.
Count the Christians in the video below:
Just look at all those Christians lining up to learn the “answers in genesis.” I think I saw 5 total. Our intrepid investigator also took us to what surely would be the most popular place in the park – the petting zoo.
Well, technically there were more people there but it was hardly a crowd of any kind. It certainly was nothing like you’d expect in even a modestly successful amusement park. It’s probably because the petting “zoo” was more like 1 pen with a few goats in it. The rest of the zoo area consisted of empty cages and mounds of dirt. Even one of the security guards told her not to bother, because the petting zoo was pathetic.
Here’s a video of the emptiest zoo that still charges people money to enter it:
Remember that this theme park cost about 70 million dollars so far, 18 of which was taken from Kentucky taxpayers and handed over to the park to promote its religious agenda. So far it has only proven that Ken Ham can’t get people to take him seriously, even if he spends 70 million bucks to make it happen.
The Friendly Atheist also walked around the interior of the ark, which closely resembled the lumber section at the local Home Depot. To call it redundant would be a bit of an understatement. I guess they call it “historically accurate” but when it comes to an amusement park you’d think that an exhibit would at least try to look appealing.
Note the vast open hallways, almost completely empty of people again:
Here’s another picture showing the huge crowds that attended the opening.
And don’t forget the cages full of dinosaurs, because that totally happened:
Could this be a hiccup, and could the park become wildly successful once it’s actually finished? Possibly. Do you really think they can fluff up this place enough to make it a destination that people would want to repeatedly come to with their family and/or friends to have a good time? Not very likely. Will it become commercially viable, and repay the 18 million dollars that it stole from the residents of Kentucky? Not a chance in hell.
Kentucky deserves a refund.