Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 30
  1. #1

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    SoCal, U.S.A.
    Posts
    2,787

    Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    I just read the following in Vanity Fair (Oct 2006):
    ...in June, [Florida] Governor Jeb Bush signed into law a bill that exempts theme parks that "display, exhibit, illustrate and interpret biblical manuscripts" from paying local property taxes.
    Pardon the pun...but what in the hell is this?

    Does this mean we'll see Walt Disney World plugging in "The Many Adventures of Jesus the Christ" into their parks in order to get out of paying Reedy Creek local property taxes? And what would Reedy Creek do without Walt Disney World's taxes?

    Will Shamu act as stunt double for Noah's Ark in a big new biblical flood show at Sea World?

    Will Universal's "One Fish, Two Fish" attraction be converted into a Jesus "The Feeding Of The 5000" gospel reference?

    Good Lord! Where will it all end?

    I'll tell you where it will all end. As soon as I finish my 6-CD set "Understanding End Times" about preparing for the end of the world...that's sold in souvenir stands at the Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando. Though I probably should have held off purchasing it until after They start to benefit from this tax break. I bet They will really benefit from this new law!


  2. #2

    • Circle of Ancients
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    22,687

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    I don't agree with this at all. A Theme Park is a money-making venture, and should not be exempt from Taxes.

    Isn't Jedi a religion in England??? Disney has Star Tours.


  3. #3

    • Shablagoo!
    • Offline

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Bremerton, WA
    Posts
    8,915

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    I agree too, this is ridiculous. Doesn't Epcot have a Nativity scene during the Christmas season? Couldn't they get to avoid property taxes as well. Well look at it this way, even with the tax break they are probably going to go out of business one of these days. I have heard their finances are really poor. It'd be funny though if Disney got to avoid their taxes too. Could you imagine the uproar that would cause?

  4. #4

    • Rock Star Minion
    • Online

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    13,494

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    Good Lord! Where will it all end?
    Thanks to this sentence, MiceChat has received a tax break for 2006!!
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

  5. #5

    • Banned User
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,624

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    the park in question has always had a tax break as a religious institution. and frankly I read awhile ago that it was in danger of having to close it's doors. Disney pays plenty not only in property taxes but also sales tax and hotel taxes.

  6. #6

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO (pity me)
    Posts
    400

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    This is just one in a line of attempts to start up religious themeparks. The others have all failed.

    As for the tax break, I'll be very surprised--right ro not--if this is enough to save the park.
    Forget 'Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln,' Samantha Brown is Disney's most sophisticated animatronic.
    ________________________________________
    Disney/theme park Park Trips:
    Disneyland Anaheim: 1983, 1987, 1994, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2012
    Walt Disney World: 1997, 2007, 2010
    Tokyo Disneyland: 2009, 2012
    Disneyland Paris: 2010
    Hong Kong Disneyland: 2012
    Universal Orlando: 2007, 2010 (twice!)
    Efteling:2011
    Lotte World: 2012

  7. #7

    • Neep meep beep
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Seven miles from Disneyland/DCA!
    Posts
    6,991

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    I'm against religions having a tax exemption at all, but at least I can see the steps here from tax breaks to religions, to tax breaks to "religious based activities".

    Great. All we need are even MORE Creationist Theme Parks!

  8. #8

    • Waiting for my E-Ticket
    • Offline

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Hanging out at The Attic with Johnny Dakota
    Posts
    19,736

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    "The Many Adventures of Jesus the Christ"
    Someone please get me a brain scrubber to get this disturbing image in my head of Jesus flying around on a balloon on a blustery day.

    "And the rain rain rain came down down down.... for 40 days and 40 nights..."

  9. #9

    • The Useless Prince
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Ft. Belvoir, VA
    Posts
    10,273
    Blog Entries
    2

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    Someone please get me a brain scrubber to get this disturbing image in my head of Jesus flying around on a balloon on a blustery day.

    "And the rain rain rain came down down down.... for 40 days and 40 nights..."
    And you know how pooh has that party at the end......Tis the last supper

  10. #10

    • враг народа
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    14,140
    Blog Entries
    3

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Long live The Holy Land Experience! I want to see the photo of Jeb with the walk around Jesus.

  11. #11

    • MiceChat Round-Up Crew
    • Prince Ali
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Agrabah
    Posts
    11,090

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    I just read the following in Vanity Fair (Oct 2006):

    Will Shamu act as stunt double for Noah's Ark in a big new biblical flood show at Sea World?
    Of Course not! Haven't you heard of Jonah?

  12. #12

    • Huh?
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Columbus, OH
    Posts
    6,808

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    So, is there a minimum of how much you need to have in order to qualify? Once a year? A large attraction? I see this could be used for plenty of evil by the parks... Just hide a manuscript somewhere on property and they fit the requirements.

    You know, a display of a circa 1900 Bible in a Main Street window would fit in, or a display of the Disney family Bible (or something along that nature) in the MGM Walt exhibit. A new Missionary hut with a display of a South African bible in Africa at AK. Or a display of a copy of the Jefferson Bible at The American Adventure or Hall of Presidents.
    -Tim

  13. #13

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Colorado, US
    Posts
    2,110

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Well now we know why that guy was handing out tracts in Fantasy land a week ago.

  14. #14

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    SoCal, U.S.A.
    Posts
    2,787

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cmash95 View Post
    the park in question has always had a tax break as a religious institution.
    Apparently not. At least not local property taxes.

    Holy Land paid a team of lobbyists between $10,000 and $30,000 to push the legislation through, according to lobbyists' records.

    Some Orange County officials argue that Holy Land operates like a business and warn that the tax law could be exploited by other theme parks. "I still believe today that though it's very religious, it's a religious theme park, not a religious entity," said Orange County Property Appraiser Bill Donegan. "What does the Holy Land provide? Goliath burgers."

    The park's tax break has also angered church-state separationists who say it favors Judeo-Christian beliefs and makes no provision for other faiths.

    The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said Florida lawmakers were duped into signing away tax dollars. "If a Mickey Mouse amusement park has to pay taxes, then a Jesus and Moses park has to pay taxes, too," Lynn said.
    Above from:

    http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansas...s/15525794.htm


  15. #15

    • MiceChat Round-Up Crew
    • Godwin Glacier, Alaska
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Posts
    7,773

    Re: Holy Theme Park Tax Break, Batman!

    Religious activities have enjoyed tax-exempt status for a long time. It would seem to me that a "hands-off" approach to religious enterprise defines the notion of "seperation of church and state."

    Why all the backlash against religion?

    I'm no Bible-thumper by a long shot, but I'm constantly puzzled by the anti-religion piling-on. What skin is it off your nose, anyway?

    The gummint takes in a pile o' dough already. This past quarter saw the largest revenues to the IRS ever! (From those who have to pay their own estimated taxes.)

    So, some podunk Jesus theme-park in Florida gets a pass. So what?
    "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
    -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


    When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Krusty the Clown's theme park within a theme park
    By Ride Warrior in forum Other Destinations
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 01-09-2008, 02:20 PM
  2. I View WDW As Everyone's Theme Park, Not Just Your Theme Park...
    By Micoofy Duck in forum Walt Disney World Resort
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 07-22-2007, 04:59 AM
  3. Holy cow, WDW's Magic Kingdom is Horrible! (Compared to Disneyland Park)
    By captsmith84 in forum Walt Disney World Resort
    Replies: 153
    Last Post: 01-09-2006, 08:40 AM
  4. Holy smoke & flames BATMAN!
    By ALIASd in forum MiceChat News Archive
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 10-06-2005, 03:36 PM
  5. Avatar Theme Of The Week (June 19-25): Batman
    By Evil Minion in forum MiceChat Main Lounge
    Replies: 41
    Last Post: 06-23-2005, 11:51 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •