Last week, WDWNT was invited to experience a massive 13-bedroom mansion in the Orlando area with a litany of games to enjoy and experience. Now we’re going to take you on a full tour of The Great Escape Lakeside!
The mansion is located off its own access road, where a large wooden sign with the Monopoly “GO” sign directs you toward the games-themed estate’s entrance.
Great Escape Lakeside is a game-themed mansion that has been featured on TV, as well as the Guinness Book of World Records (for worlds largest word search). The home has 13 bedrooms and can fit 45 people, making it perfect for a family reunion. The home features a Jumanji-inspired cinema, a Las Vegas room with slot machines, a poker table, and a golden toilet, a CLUE escape room, a Monopoly room, Scrabble room, Operation room with a MASSIVE operation game on the wall, a laser maze suite, a mind-games room, Pac-Man room, war games room, Pictionary and more! There is a giant Lite-Brite as well as TONS of arcade games! You can even play multiple games like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Family Feud and more on the game show system which doubles as karaoke!
The property is located on the shores of Lake Wash, about 40 minutes from Downtown Orlando and around an hour from the Magic Kingdom.
The house can appear unassuming from the outside, as long as you ignore the giant Mr. Monopoly statue atop the gable roof.
Once you step inside, things get crazy quickly!
The house has 13 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, each with its own theme. The living room carries a classic games theme, complete with a giant chess board along the door to the backyard.
The kitchen features some clever decorations.
All the appliances you might need are available.
The first bedroom is the Scrabble room, with Scrabble tiles dotting the walls, Scrabble-themed bedsheets, and even tiles on the floor forming a giant Scrabble board! Plus there are several books in the room, all of which pertain to the game.
Adjacent is the Monopoly bedroom. The two twin beds are Chance and Community Chest card stacks, the tables are your dice, and even the ceiling fan blades resemble Monopoly money! The walls are also covered in various Monopoly spots.
These first two bedrooms share a Monopoly Water Works-themed jack-and-jill bathroom space.
Now, we “step right up” into the carnival games-themed suite! This room features a king bed along with several playable carnival games including Tip-A-Troll, a prize wheel, goldfish bowl-style toss games, and Wiffle ball.
Movie buffs might also recognize the working Zoltar fortune teller machine from the Tom Hanks film “Big.”
“I wish I was big.”
The en-suite bathroom also features a walk-in shower and oversized bathtub.
It keeps with the carnival theme as well!
The next suite pays tribute to high rollers everywhere with a casino theme. In the room are two slot machines, a blackjack table, and even a fake Las Vegas skyline window! Giant casino chips are also stuck to the ceiling.
The en-suite bathroom here also follows the casino theme, with giant playing cards on the walls and shower curtain.
Probably the most striking feature is this gold and silver toilet!
Right next to the casino bedroom is the Jumanji-themed movie theater.
Portraits of the “Jumanji” characters are painted on the walls. Leather reclining chairs fill the space, and guests can choose from a number of DVD and Blu-Ray selections as well as internet streaming apps of their choice.
Classic movie posters line the hall along the theater.
There are two Clue-themed bedrooms, which tie together with the jack-and-jill bathroom to make an actual escape room! The red clue room is themed to the butler.
The green Clue room is themed to the six suspects and features a 1940s billiards pub aesthetic.
One of the more striking features is the Clue-themed comforter, which takes inspiration from the cult-classic film.
The bathroom between the two Clue bedrooms features painted portraits of the game’s suspects.
The smallest bedroom in the house is the Dungeons and Dragons room.
Appropriately themed like a dungeon, there are no windows and the room is very long and narrow.
There’s also no attached bathroom.
The staircase features a Nintendo theme, with a full Donkey Kong level on the wall and various Nintendo plush on a shelf above.
The games living room upstairs features a number of playable iconic games, like Plinko from “The Price is Right,” Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Family Feud, and more.
There’s also a billiards table at the center.
Two arcade cabinets line the balcony door.
Next in the bedroom lineup is Pictionary, with a yellow and blue theme.
The bathroom carries on this theme as always, and includes an in-wall Etch-a-Sketch for those bathroom musings.
Next up is the laser escape bedroom. True to its theme, there’s an actual laser maze inside.
You can crawl under and climb over these lasers to reach the finish, right in your bedroom.
The bathroom follows a similar design language but without the laser beams, of course.
Ready for some war games? Plan out your perfect battle strategy in this room which pays tribute to games like Risk and Stratego.
Last but not least, the mind games-themed bedroom plays plenty of tricks on you with its puzzle-themed decor.
The attached bathroom is themed like a Rubik’s Cube.
The fun doesn’t end when you step outside.
A basketball court, giant chess (just like inside), and giant Connect 4 are all ready for you outside.
If you want to get more active, you can climb into a giant rubber ball and play human bowling.
If human foosball is your speed, you can hang off metal poles and give it a try for yourself!
Giant pool, anyone?
Paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes are all available for taking out on Lake Wash.
There’s a large patio around the pool with plenty of seating.
The diamond-shaped pool features a lazy river around the edge, a regular pool with an outlet for the water slide at the center, and a hot tub at the very center top.
Play 20 questions, “the game where ya get grilled,” while cooking burgers in the outdoor kitchen area.
If you’re interested in staying, price points are as follows:
- Weeknights (off-peak): $1495/night
- Thursday-Saturday Nights (off-peak): $1680/night
- Weeknights (mid-season): $1595/night
- Thursday-Saturday Nights (peak): $1780/night
- Weeknights (peak): $1695/night
- Thursday-Saturday Nights (peak): $1880/night
- Weeks Of Xmas/T-Giving/New Year’s: $1895-2080/night
This can work out to as little as $30 per person per night when a large family stays in the house.
Watch our video of The Great Escape Lakeside below.