A Beginner’s Guide to Escape Games in Orlando
The Escape Game in Orlando is one of the best escape rooms you must experience on your solo trip to Florida.
When thinking about things to do in Orlando besides theme parks, you should add an escape room to your Disney vacation planning itinerary.
…you will not regret it!
Before we get started. I was invited by The Escape Game Orlando to participate in a mission. As always, the opinions I express in this article are my own!
I did the escape game for the first time and it was absolutely amazing and nerve-racking all in one hour.
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What is an Escape Room?
In case you do not know what an escape game is, it’s a physical and psychological quest where you have to solve a series of puzzles in order to complete the mission of the game.
You are joined with others to form a team where you go through a themed room with only one hour to escape!
Most escape rooms have different missions and things for you to accomplish throughout the game.
…and The Escape Game is no different.
There are currently 6 games with a variety of themes and difficulty. I was extremely surprised at how competitive I was throughout the game.
It truly takes you into that competitive mindset.
Why You Must Go to An Escape Room
A good escape room is absolute sensory overload.
It’s here where you’ll be placed in thrilling lifelike situations that make you feel as if you’re in some sort of dreadful circumstance.
But you will always come out okay.
If you’re not into the roller coasters, then this is the perfect rush for you without the twists and turns at 73 m.p.h. from a coaster.
And wouldn’t it be cool if Universal Halloween Horror Nights did an escape room as one of their haunted attractions?
Something to think about…
Where is The Escape Game Orlando Location?
This escape room is located at 8145 International Drive #511, Orlando, Florida 32819.
How Many People Can Be in a Room?
The Escape Game on International Drive has rooms that hold a maximum of 7 players and rooms that can hold up to 12 players.
Be sure to contact them first at (407) 501-7222, to see if they can accommodate your party.
How Much is It to Do the Escape Room?
The cost for a mission at The Escape Game is $34.99 per person plus tax (prices subject to change).
Do You Have to Be 18 to Do an Escape Room?
Per The Escape Game Orlando, their games are for ages 13 and up. They do allow younger players, but some of the game content may be too difficult for them.
An adult, 18 or older, must participate with anyone that is 14 and under. Also, any participants under the age of 18 will need an adult to sign their waiver.
Listen to the Full Guide to Escape Rooms Below
What are The Escape Game Missions?
At The Escape Game attraction, you’ll choose from six of the best escape rooms in Orlando.
- Prison Break – This is where you are accused of a crime, and sentenced to life in prison. You have to figure out what happened to the inmate who mysteriously disappeared in that same cell. Difficulty 9/10
- Gold Rush – You have to find the gold left by a greedy gold prospector
who loved to gamble before the mob gets it. Difficulty 7/10
- The Heist – You will have to recover the painting and getaway fast before being caught. Difficulty 8/10
- Mission: Mars – You will have one hour to repair your ship and leave Mars before you’re left to your eternal fate. Difficulty 8/10
- Special Ops: Mysterious Market – Your routine investigation quickly makes an unexpected turn and it’s up to you to uncover the truth. Difficulty 8/10
- Playground – Here you’ll have to pass a special school group project. The Playground was named the Best Escape Room. Difficulty 6/10.
Escape Room Difficulty
The Escape rooms are meant to put you in a scenario where you and your team become real life heroes. When planning your first trip, it’s good to know what the different levels of difficulty are.
This room can be easily completed if you’re good at solving puzzles. It’s perfect for guest 12 years of age or older.
The mid-level escape room can be challenging, but it’s still doable for guests 16 years of age or older.
This room is filled with difficult puzzles and challenges that work best with guests 16 years of age or older. In this type of room, you really have to think strategically.
7 Escape Room Orlando Tips for Beginners
1 -- Arrive Early
You should arrive 15-minutes before your mission during the weekday and 25-minutes on the weekends.
This will give you time to sign in and ask any possible questions you may have with the team members at The Escape Game Orlando.
2 -- Be Prepared to Be Grouped with Strangers
If you’re a solo traveler or if you are with just a couple of people, then it may not be enough to complete a whole game together.
You will most likely be put in rooms with other people to optimize space and time at The Game Room.
3 -- Choose the Difficulty Level Perfect for You
If you’re a beginner, then you’ll want to choose an escape room that has an easier level. This will help you get introduced into the world of escape games and will allow you to understand the fundamentals of the game.
Once you’ve done a few, increase your level of difficulty until you become a pro!
The Escape Game Orlando rooms are ranked from 1 to 10, but you’ll notice that the missions are between 7 and 9.
4 -- Make it Game Night with Friends or Family
It’s best if you come with a group of six or more. This will most likely guarantee that you guys will have your own room since it’s more fun to do this game with people you know.
It will feel more intense when you have your own group of friends out there with you trying to stop a mission together.
You can even make this a family game night!
Welcome to the 21st century where family game night is taken from the board game on the living room floor to a mysteriously themed hands-on adventure.
5 -- Think Outside the Box
What I learned doing The Escape Game in Orlando is that clues are everywhere. Even places that you wouldn’t even think to look.
Seriously, the most obscure places will have clues, so look there!
Thinking outside the box will also help you solve puzzles quickly and help you save all the valuable time needed to complete your mission.
6 -- Use Your Hints Wisely
The staff at The Escape Room will give you three vital hints throughout your game to help you progress faster. The hints are helpful and will usually get you to the next step in the puzzle.
But, be sure to use your hints wisely.
I recommend just being really good at thinking about your clues that way you can save those few hints for the last section of your game.
However, if you realize that you’ve been taking too long on the first couple of puzzles, then go ahead and ask for a clue.
Hipster Power Tip: Always check Groupon first to see if there are any local escape room deals near you!
7 -- Work Together and Have Fun!
This is one of the best experiences you can do outside of the theme parks in Orlando, so don’t let the pressure of time get to you.
The environment of the room will be intense, but it’s important for you and your teammates to communicate effectively with each other.
Don’t go at it alone and think that you’ll be the winner for getting something right by yourself.
You need your team if you plan on conquering the missions.
Yes you will be competitive.
Yes it will be intense.
But all in all, just have fun and enjoy yourself with your family and friends.
See when you’re on a space mission and your spaceship is about to explode, you get a sense of urgency. Although you know it’s not real, the music and the atmosphere all play a role in the natural reactions your body has to “survival.”
I couldn’t believe that I had to face my own shortcomings in order to help my team solve our mission.
One of the things I had to conquer in this game was the ability to speak up and speak my mind when I saw something that we needed to do.
I’ve always hated team building exercises because I’m more comfortable working on my own, but in order for us to live I had to open my mouth.
I had to be assertive and not go off on my own like I’m used to…
…and although we were so close, I was glad to see that I pushed out of my comfort zone and help my team get as far as we did.
Since losing, I have now made it my mission to go back to The Game Room in Orlando and conquer another quest.
This type of central Florida attraction is very entertaining and highly addictive.
It’s the most wonderful experience to have on a night out in Orlando!
…and if you’re a competitive person, you must do this!
Have you ever done an escape room game before? If so, let me know what your best tip is for beating the mission in the comments section below.
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