Time Elevator
Time Elevator
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This multimedia presentation takes the audience on a 2-dimensional simulated ride through 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history.
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SSStraveling
Phoenix, AZ223 contributions
We recently visited the time elevator in Jerusalem. When we first arrived in the afternoon the attraction was closed for maintenance but did have reduced price tickets for that evening. We returned that evening, stood in line for a while and watched an introductory safety video in Hebrew and English. The attraction advertises that its available in 6 languages, we needed English. When the doors opened, everyone rushed in to get seats. Only after we were seated did the attendant state that each section of the attraction had a specific language. We were in the wrong one... After about 15-29 minutes of discussion, yelling and arguing, all the spectators were seated - there seemed to be no system to seat people according to language. Since this attraction runs multiple times a day, I would have thought they would have a system for this. The video finaly started, but broke after about 5 min and was restarted. Once it was running, it was OK - the seats move a bit according to the action. My 9 year old enjoyed it but was not overwhelmed. The video is clearly taped in Hebrew and then dubbed to different languages which you can hear in the headphones supplied. My final note is that this would be fun for kids, but I wouldnt' bother going as an adult...
Written August 5, 2007
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Mat2818
Jinja, Uganda282 contributions
In Jerusalem there is a multimedia presentation called The Time Elevator. People sit in seats that move in several directions during the show with special effects and even a spray of water. The concept is similar to an amuzement park ride (but not as good in quality). What I liked is it took me back 4,000 years and covered the whole history of Jerusalem. One can see Zedekiah arguing with Jeremiah. It is like seeing the entire Old Testament on film and really makes it more understandable (especially the prophets). I recommend it to anyone visiting Jerusalem who has extra time.
Written September 23, 2008
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Ariella W
Jerusalem District, Israel191 contributions
May 2018 • Family
The kids aged 8 and 9 enjoyed the effects very much but not sure that they understood the content at all. If you have a short amount of time and it's either very cold or very hot outside this is a nice activity to break up the day. Also it's pretty expensive for the 30 minutes
Written May 8, 2018
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LevandTev
New York City, NY1 contribution
Nov 2014 • Business
On 11/4 my friend and I bought tix for the 10:40 show. Signage outside the theater advises that if you require assistance during the show, raise your hand and an attendant will come to assist. Directed to the seating with the headphones that will play in English, immediately after the show started, I began to wave my hand as my headphones did not play in English. My friend also waved her hand and shouted 'help 'but no one came to assist. I sat thru the 30 minute show just watching the outdated, technologically deficient video. When the show was over, I approached the attendant who said he did not see either of us wave our hand. What would have happened if this were a true emergency?

I went to the box office and requested a refund. I was advised that the manager would be available that Sunday and the only thing they could offer me was either a tix to the next show or a tx for another day. Not only was I on a schedule which would not allow another showing, why would I make my friend sit through another showing? I'm not even sure if the offer applied to my friend as she was able to see the show in English.

This issue aside, the theater is old and dilapidated with outdated technology. STAY AWAY.
Written November 16, 2014
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hcavataro
Jerusalem, Israel1 contribution
Five stars. Captivating, enthralling, beautiful. The Time Elevator moved me to tears while tickling my funny bone. If you dare to miss this priceless gem of art, you are a poor fool and I pity you.
Written April 26, 2010
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Sheila V
Bangkok, Thailand6 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I purchased tickets to experience the Time Elevator for myself and my three children. We arrived at the venue well in advance of the screening time. Unfortunately, we were forced to wait a considerable amount of time before being told that the show would be delayed by an unspecified period of time. When I enquired about having my tickets exchanged, we were met with unhelpful and rude staff. We ultimately decided to exchange our tickets and return to see the show the next day.
The following day when we arrived, we explicitly asked whether the show would be in English. We were not told that the show was entirely in Hebrew, nor were we given headsets (which apparently were to be provided to English speakers). Needless to say, we spent a considerable amount of money to watch a film that we could not understand.

Notwithstanding our bad experience, which could have simply been a case of unfortunate luck, the show itself was mediocre at best. The film itself felt cheap and the overall experience was tedious.

Overall, the Time Elevator was GROSSLY OVERPRICED to the point where it was almost a scam. I would STRONG advise that you avoid this attraction, and instead spend the money and time appreciating the history of Jerusalem first hand.
Written May 15, 2019
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Wendy B
Bronx, NY21 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
Went with a friend last week. Walked from old city, and took almost an hour of walking in circles to find the place. No signage unless you walked up to it on one side. We went in to the office where two bored looking people looked up from their cell phones long enough to take our money and sell us tickets. The safety video shown in the lobby seemed like a good idea at the time. Once the theater opened, we were directed to Section 5 for the English language headsets. The seats were filthy, as were the headsets and safety bars. We wiped down the headsets and safety bars with antibacterial wipes and sat down. Immediately my friend noticed her headset was programmed for German, and tried to move to another seat. We were locked in by the "safety" bar, so following the directions provided in the safety video, we raised our arms for assistance. No one came. I called out very loudly, no one came. This was a critical lack of emergency response which could have been dangerous had this been a health issue. My friend missed the entire show, and any enjoyment I might have had was marred knowing she was uncomfortable. After the fiasco, we went back the office and explained what had happened, and asked for a refund of the cost of my friends ticket. The two people were annoyed and made several calls to get "instructions". We were told that my friend could watch the next show, or come back Sunday. We asked to speak to the manager and were told no. In my experience, this was about the worst tourist trap run by the rudest people ever. Save your money
Written November 16, 2014
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Marthie J
New Plymouth, New Zealand98 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
This was my third time going to the Time Elevator and will go there again. One should be acquainted with Israel's history to enjoy this 'flight' to its full extent. Thus far I did not have the courage to go sit on the moving chairs, but enjoyed the unexpected short spray of 'rain' again. Whether you are a child or a grey head like me - go with expectation and enjoy! Israel's history is amazing! I would have preferred it to be longer than 25 minutes.
Written October 8, 2014
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Pritesh P
1 contribution
We visited this place through star tours last week. Make sure this is your first stop if you visit Rome first time, it gives you history lesson and it will all started making sense when you visit tourist location in and around this amazing city of Rome.
Written June 24, 2014
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Cynicoren
Beersheba, Israel2,582 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
For 60 ILS per person (about 17$) I'd expect more. It's a 30 minutes ride, that all. After visiting Disney and Europa Park, it's lame and expensive (Disney is about 60-70$ but you can spend a whole day there, with exciting rides). The ride is old and it feels old and worn. We took the "Human Body" ride, and there was absolutely nothing new to learn. Maybe the history of Jerusalem is more interesting, but I wouldn't pay again to find out. The children might have liked it better (they like everything, but pay nothing...), but I suggest - save your money.
Written August 31, 2013
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