REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World’ Escape Room at Universal’s Great Movie Escape in CityWalk Orlando

Escape the Indominus Rex in the new “Jurassic World: Escape” room at Universal’s Great Movie Escape in Universal CityWalk Orlando. These new themed adventures are similar to escape rooms, allowing guests to feel like they’re right in the movies, while working together to solve puzzles.

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Universal’s Great Movie Escape has two escape rooms, one inspired by “Jurassic World” and one inspired by “Back to the Future.”

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Universal’s Great Movie Escape opens at 10:30 a.m. each day. We would encourage you to book your tickets in advance as there is only a limited number of space available for the experience.

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Costumes from “Jurassic World” and “Back to the Future” are in the lobby, which resembles a movie theater.

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Guests check in at this long counter. The “Back to the Future” room is on the first floor, while the “Jurassic World” room is on the second.

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A screen in the lobby shows movie trivia.

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There are two bars, one on each floor. In addition to movie-themed cocktails and mocktails, there are also snacks like M&Ms and nuts available.

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There are plush armchairs and couches throughout for guests to wait and relax. This area is open for all guests, even those not participating in an escape room.

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You can bring drinks into the escape rooms, but you’ll want to keep your hands as free as possible. The bar tenders are happy to put your beverages into plastic cups for you to take into the rooms with you. You can watch a video review of all of the themed cocktails and cocktails below, or read our review here.

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A sign lists warnings for the escape rooms, which include strobe effects, fog effects, and enclosed spaces. It also notes that no photography or video recording is allowed inside the escape rooms.

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You can take personal items into the escape rooms, but lockers are also available for $5. You’ll want to keep your hands free while solving the puzzles.

You can watch both a spoiler-free and spoiler-filled review in the video below or keep reading for our spoiler-free text review:

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Unlike more standard escape rooms, these don’t use locks and keys. It’s more like a walkthrough experience, taking you through eight rooms total. This means multiple groups can go through the experience at one time, with each team in a different room. It also means that there is no backtracking through previous rooms and that it’s very structured time-wise. Each room has four to five different possible scenarios, so you could play the escape room multiple times without experiencing the same thing twice.

After your team checks in, a Team Member leads everybody through an introduction — remember, unless you booked a private experience, you will probably be placed with strangers. The Team Member had us give our names and favorite movies for an ice-breaker.

The team then goes into a small room with two screens explaining some of the basic rules like no climbing and no use of force. If you need to exit the experience before “escaping,” make an X with your arms above your head and Team Members will lead you out. You will not be able to return to finish the experience if you choose to end it.

Review

The Jurassic World: Escape room was our second experience of the day, following Back to the Future: OUTATIME. This felt more like your traditional escape room experience than the Back to the Future experience does. There were a few rooms we enjoyed more than others, but overall we highly recommend this experience. If you’ve ever wanted to feel the pressure of being on Isla Nublar with dinosaurs on the loose, this is for you. Some of the puzzles do feel a bit more challenging in these rooms, which makes it an experience you could return and do again. Because you aren’t actually escaping these rooms, you can get much farther in the experience and do more puzzles if you work together and solve them quickly. We’ve heard there could even be the possibility of scoring systems in the future, too.

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We booked the Jurassic World experience as a private booking, which allows up to 8 people. The downside to this is there is one room with 6 consoles, so some people will be sharing if you do have 8 in your group. The standard group for this experience is 6, so the only way there would be 8 people is if you’ve booked a private experience. If you are looking for a private group experience, we would suggest you purchase 6 tickets rather than the private booking. It gets a little tight in there with 8 people!

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Overall, this will delight Jurassic World fans and appeal to those looking for a more traditional escape room experience. If you missed out on the incredible Jurassic World Tribute Store last summer, this is another highly-themed way to immerse yourseld into the Jurassic World storyline. Universal has successfully created a fun and challenging way to step right into the movies and live the adventure. These themed rooms are absolutely beautiful and very well thought out. They’re visually impressive and extremely detailed and a must for fans of Jurassic World.

As we said, no videos or photos are allowed in the experience (the above photos were released by Universal). Keep in mind, you are being watched the entire time. That’s how Team Members can help you in case of an emergency.

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