A sketch of the Noah's Ark portion of Ark Encounter.
(Undated) - Theme park experts say the anticipated attendance numbers for Biblical theme park Ark Encounter are way off.
Answers in Genesis, the operator of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, is partnering with Ark Encounter, LLC to build the park in Grant County. They project it will have 1.6 million visitors annually.
But others, including a former Disney executive and a consultant who worked on Kings' Island near Cincinnati, say the idea of the park with its literal Biblical interpretation will turn off a lot of people.
Experts also point to other parks that have not had that kind of attendance, even with a broader appeal.
A spokesperson for Ark Encounter said 63 percent of those they surveyed were interested in attending the park which would include a 500-foot replica of Noah's Ark.
Ark Encounters is expected to open in 2014 creating 900 jobs and a $250 million economic impact statewide each year according to organizers.