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Movie Trailer: Bible Storyland

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 16, 2012

How far is one man willing to go before his obsession destroys his entire life? Harvey Jordan is a Los Angeles art dealer who becomes obsessively determined to learn the secrets behind a failed religious-themed amusement park in the documentary Bible Storyland.

It might sound like the set-up for a joke, but it really happened: A former Disney executive, the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz and the man who popularized the yo-yo —┬áNat Winecoff, Jack Haley and Donald Duncan, respectively — planned to open up a theme park based on Bible stories in Southern California to compete with Disneyland. Rides planned for the endeavor included a “Ride to Heaven” and “Dante’s Inferno.”

Decades after the project ultimately failed, its design concepts dropped into the lap of Harvey Jordan, who then spent many years desperately trying to get the full story behind it all. But with his sources of information dropping dead right before he can get to them and with Jordan’s wife slowly losing her husband to his obsession, perhaps the story of the Bible Storyland is more cursed than divine.

The movie features Harvey Jordan, his wife Debi Derryberry and historian Todd James Pierce.

To learn more about this documentary, please visit its official site.