Universal’s Great Movie Escape puts movie fans into the storyline

Universal's Great Movie Escape, photo provided by Universal Orlando
Universal's Great Movie Escape, photo provided by Universal Orlando /

Universal Orlando has excelled at immersive, memorable experiences for guests. As people’s faces light up in delight with the first sip of Butterbeer or the thrill when they finally hit 999,999 on Men In Black, the theme park experience lingers in the mind long after the turnstile is a distant memory. With the newest attraction in City Walk, Universal’s Great Movie Escape puts guests directly into two of their favorite movies and only they know the ending to this particular plot.

Escape rooms have become popular. While theme parks might offer big thrills and an all-day adventure, the escape room concept is a smaller, yet equally fun diversion. It is a time to put on that thinking cap and unravel all the clues.

Since an escape room is a group activity, many people have found that it is best to know your partners. Although everyone has their own particular skill set, no one wants to bring clashing personalities together at the wrong time. As seen in many a movie, butting heads does not lead to a happily ever after.

The new Universal’s Great Movie Escape focuses on two infamous film franchises for its theme. According to a statement, Universal’s entertainment team worked with filmmakers and escape room experts to craft these special experiences. Unlike the escape room down the street, these experiences feature detailed sets, state of the art challenges, and original storylines. There should be no cheating or advantage for the person who can quote ever line from the movie, but that knowledge could have them distracted by all the details.

The two storylines are Jurassic World: Escape and Back to the Future: OUTATIME. While the movie reference is clear, it is not a simple recreation of familiar plots. Still, guests will feel as if they are on Isla of Nublar or ready to travel with jump into action with Doc Brown.

Since this experience is for all guests, Universal has designed an experience to adjust on skill level and complexity. The idea is to help allow everyone to participate.

In addition, the escape room is randomized. By having a different solution on a visit invites guests to come back time and again to try the experience. For groups who want something fun to do after the park closes, this idea might be packed.

Universal’s Great Movie Escape will open starting December 9. Tickets are priced at $49.99 a person, group pricing is available and more information can be found at www.universalorlando.com. The ticket includes admission to one of the themed escape rooms.