Universal's Great Movie Escape opened at Universal CityWalk in late 2022. It is easy to miss, but a treat to find! While the main draw here are the two highly themed and immersive escape rooms, anyone can pop in for a beverage and check out the memorabilia. I loved the vibes inside! If you want to do the escape activities, you have a choice between Back to the Future: OUTATIME and Jurassic World: Escape. Ticket prices vary based on time of day and if you choose a private experience.
The bar serves up specialty cocktails themed to the two escape rooms. It was a Sunday afternoon so we went for a drink with an espresso pick me up, the Silent Era, and a mocktail, the Hoverboard Highball. This is one of the few places we found at Universal Orlando Resort that has actual mocktails on the menu, so that was a super fun treat, but if you prefer the punch, they can add the liquor as well!
|Hoverboard Highball - Prickly Pear syrup, lemon juice, Sprite, lemon bitters, mint|
The drinks were made to order and we both enjoyed them quite a bit. The prickly pear syrup was a great touch on the Hoverboard Highball. We explored the area while we waited for our party and enjoyed our beverages. The Jurassic World themed room is upstairs, as is a second bar for busier times. The view from the balcony is great for people watching and to sit and take a break.
If you are a fan of escape rooms and have done them before, this will be a similar yet different experience. The team members monitor your progress and will move the story along if needed so that everyone "escapes" and finishes the story, but you are given a score at the end to rank how well you have done. There are definitely some cooperative elements as well, so be ready to work with your group even if you just met them when you arrived!
We selected the Back to the Future: OUTATIME for our adventure and were a party of six so there was no one else added to our group. It was a Sunday afternoon at 12:45pm and the price was $60 per person plus tax. Tickets are available for guests ages 3 and over but the experiences are advertised as "For Everyone" so there is no age limit. It's important to know that guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while taking part in the escape room experience.
We watched a safety video and made our way to the start. There are no photos or videos allowed inside, and I won't post any spoilers here. However, we thought the theme and story were fantastic. We had some huge Back to the Future fans in our party and they were not disappointed by the immersion into the movies.
Have you done either of these escape rooms before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks. You can email Maci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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