The Story of Jacob’s Choice
“Compelling” best describes the emotional story of “Jacob’s Choice,” told through the everyday lives of the fictional Fisher family, an Old Order Amish family of today. Shown on five different screens, witness young Jacob’s struggle in choosing the Amish church, or leaving behind family and community for the allure of the modern world.
Experience the horrendous religious persecution of their forefathers and take part in the perilous voyage to America, all magically heightened by wind, rain, smoke, fire, ghostly and other immersive special effects that thrill the senses.
Jacob’s challenges with faith, tradition, and loved ones in a fast-changing world is a story that touches each of us, young and old, in a poignant and memorable way. More than any other Amish attraction, “Jacob’s Choice” will leave you with an understanding of what it means to be Amish, and the ties that continue to bind the community together through the centuries.
2023 Show Times & Pricing
Show duration is approximately 35 minutes.
$10.95 ages 13 and up
$7.95 ages 4-12 (no charge for Theater under age 4)
Add the Amish Country Homestead (House & School tour) to take advantage of discounted Combo Ticket pricing. Combo Ticket can be reserved online.
Purchase tickets for “Jacob’s Choice” in-person at the Amish Experience Box Office. For your best value, purchase the SuperSaver at least one hour in advance online (no fees!) That’s a savings of over $14 compared to individual pricing. Reservations are fully refundable up to 24 hours prior to start of activity.
Monday through Saturday, first show of the day is at 10:00am. Last show of the day is at 5:00pm. Additional shows throughout the day run every hour, on the hour. On Sundays, the first show of the day is at 12:00pm, and the last show of the day is at 5:00pm. Additional shows run every hour on the hour in between.
Show runs seven days a week March through October. In November, shows run every day November 1 through 22. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, November 23. We are open November 24, 25, and 26. We are closed November 27, 28, 29, and 30.
In December we are open the following days: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
If you are traveling with pets, please arrange for their care prior to arrival at the Amish Experience as pets are not allowed in the Amish Experience Theater.
The dramatic tale of “Jacob’s Choice”, an Amish family’s effort to preserve a lifestyle and a culture, is unforgettably told through a high-tech, multi-media production with visual effects, sound design, and mechanical effects. Visitors experience “400 years of history in 40 minutes of magic.”
The Amish Experience Theater has been designed to break down the barrier between audience and movie screen. Changes in the environmental space within the theater literally allow you to “experience” the action as it unfolds around you.
Neither an IMAX nor a 3-D movie, the theater set consists of actual barn siding, with five multiple projection screens, 100,000 watts of theatrical lighting, custom-designed mechanical special effects, four-dimensional sound imagery, an original musical score, and unforgettable ghosting effects.
“Jacob’s Choice,” nevertheless, remains at its heart an emotional, personal story of an Amish family and the resilience of Amish culture through the ages.