A month ago we posted Big Thrill — Opening Date for Ken Ham’s Ark, to advise you about the projected completion of the Ark Encounter project, a religious theme park under construction in northern Kentucky, promoted by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Today there’s even more thrilling news at ol’ Hambo’s blog: How to Get Ark Encounter Tickets. We know you’re interested, so let’s get started. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. After a reminder that the theme park is scheduled to open on 07 July, Hambo says:
Now, before you rush to plan your vacation to visit the massive Ark and tour the Creation Museum (45 minutes from the Ark), and recognizing that so many people will want to visit (projected at maybe two million the first year), we need to explain now how you can obtain Ark tickets.
Isn’t Hambo wonderful? This is so thoughtful of him. He tells us:
Because independent primary source research has clearly shown that we are going to be inundated with visitors (including from around the world) during the first few months, we had to create an online reservation system to handle the number of ticket requests. Because the Ark Encounter opens in the summer, we had to come up with a creative way of assisting as many people as possible to visit this world-class attraction before the main vacation travel period in America ends.
Wow — they had to create an online reservation system! Let’s read on:
Even though the Ark Encounter will be able to accommodate up to 16,000 guests per day, research shows that the demand on some days could exceed twice that daily amount in the opening season! Therefore, faced with this “nice problem,” we are requiring advance purchase of tickets online and for specific date(s) for the first 40 days. This ticketing system will allow us to provide the best possible experience for our visitors.
It’s amazing what Hambo is willing to do for us. He continues:
The opportunity to purchase admission tickets to the Ark Encounter for a specific date(s) for the first 40 days and nights will begin online January 19, 2016 at [link provided].
Mark your calendar, dear reader. On 19 January you can go online to purchase your tickets. Here’s more:
Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be date-specific, so before you go online, you will need to know the date(s) you plan to visit, and maybe have a backup date in case all tickets are sold for your first choice. Again, this system will help ensure that everyone has a great experience and not have to deal with huge crowds that can occur when an amazing new attraction opens.
Not only is Hambo the world’s holiest man, the world’s greatest bible expert, the world’s most knowledgeable scientist, and the world’s greatest educational expert, but now we see that he is unsurpassed in compassion. Pay attention now, because this is interesting:
The ticket price for this large Ark Encounter theme park — with dozens of quality Bible-upholding and evangelistic exhibits inside the Ark, plus the park’s other attractions (many hours could be spent at the Ark site) — is $40 for an adult, $28 for a child, and $31 for seniors (tax not included). In addition, if you will be like almost everyone else and will be driving a vehicle to the Ark, your order will require the pre-purchase of a parking pass, which is $10 per standard parking space.
What a bargain! Only $40 for a ticket and a mere $10 more for parking. Who can resist an opportunity like that? When millions of people rush to take advantage of this, the reservation system is almost certain to crash. But ol’ Hambo has thought of that too. Here’s how to buck the line:
Now, there is also a way to select your date(s) and purchase tickets online before January 19, during our “priority” ticketing period. Any supporter who, by December 31, has purchased a Charter Boarding Pass for the Ark or has donated to sponsor a plank or beam for the Ark will be eligible to obtain their tickets online during the priority ticketing period (admission tickets are free for boarding pass owners). This priority period starts January 5, 2016!
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Hambo explains how to do that, and then he says:
Those who qualify for this priority ticketing period (January 5–18) will be sent instructions to get early access to the online ticketing system beginning January 5, 2016 and can select dates and obtain their tickets. This is 14 days before ticketing opens to the general public.
Don’t hesitate, dear reader. Act now to assure that you’ll be among those who get to see the Ark. In conclusion, all we can say is:
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