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Everybody plays

Escape Room Questions: Who Should Play An Escape Room?

The short answer is – everyone should play an escape room at least once in their lives! We say “at least once” because it’s pretty commonplace that when a new player participates in one escape room, they’ll come right back for a second, a third, etc.

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Test yourself.

Whether you have played one game or one hundred games, we have immersive challenges for all escape game lovers.

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Have a reunion.

Looking for an activity that the whole family will enjoy? Book an escape room during your next family game night.

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Level up.

Looking for a way to boost your team’s performance in a way everyone will enjoy? Check out our team building and group packages.

Something Extraordinary

Is An Escape Room A Team Game?

Have you ever been in an escape room where you were told that it was great for a team, but found out that it felt like one or two people were the active participants and everyone else watched? That just won’t happen here at The Escape Effect. We turn alpha players into team players. And whether you are a family, a team of co-workers, or a group of friends, you’ll strengthen your relationships afterwards.

This is all truly possible because we gave much consideration when our games were initially designed to be inclusive of all skill types and to prevent players from sitting on the sidelines. We fixed the problem of an alpha player by packing the games with more puzzles, but also by introducing varied game progressions that allow multiple challenges to be completed simultaneously and/or multiple players to participate in given challenges.

It’s not just about one player being the star – it’s about the team shining in the universe.

Give us a call to ask any escape room questions you have or book a room. We offer games that test a variety of skills, we won’t pack players into a tiny room, and we offer the best group rates in Orlando.

A large group enjoyed their game at The Escape Effect.
A large group enjoyed their game at The Escape Effect.

A Lot Of Fun

How does an escape room work?

An escape room is similar in concept to a video game, but it’s played out in a real-life adventure. You’ll find yourself in a custom, immersive environment filled with clues waiting to be uncovered and challenges waiting to be solved. On top of it all, you’ll be racing against the clock. Get ready for an adrenaline rush!

Follow these steps

How Do I Get Started?

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The player is exploring the dark tunnel to the dungeon, with her lantern.


Select An Escape Room

Select one of our escape games. Not sure which to choose? We have an article on our blog that can help you decide or you can call us and talk directly with a host.


Make Reservation

Next, make your reservation. Some folks like to reserve their escape room game online. Others prefer to call a host at (855) 426-3372. Do whichever makes you more comfortable.


Arrive For Your Game

Please arrive 10 minutes earlier than your scheduled game time. Your host will guide you from there and ensure that you get the most out of your experience.

Did You Know

What Makes The Escape Effect Unique?

It feels like every escape room out there does the same thing over and over again. But not us! The Escape Effect introduces experiences with unique aspects to any other escape room venue in Orlando. Here’s the top five things that make us particularly special.

  • EE is the only escape room venue to offer games longer than the typical 60 minutes.
  • EE is the only escape room venue with a special cooldown timer feature for hints or that can give unlimited hints without penalty depending on how you would like to play.
  • EE is the only escape room venue that can set the difficulty of the games based on the number of players on your team and your experience level.
  • EE does not purchase games from others and we do not replicate our games in other places, so you won’t see EE games anywhere outside Orlando. We are not a chain.
  • EE is fully ADA-accessible. Guests can access every room within every game.
A comparison graphic showing the benefits of playing at The Escape Effect
A comparison graphic showing the benefits of playing at The Escape Effect.

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Just The Facts

More Escape Room Questions And Answers

Is the door to an escape room locked?

You can exit at any time. The door is never locked.

How long is an escape room?

Each game has a different maximum duration ranging between 75 minutes and 2 hours, the longest of any escape room in Florida. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled game time. You’ll need to register and will want to take advantage of our warm-up puzzles. After the game, you are welcome to celebrate, ask questions, and relax in our lounge.

How old do you have to be to play an escape room?

Children 5 and older can play an escape room. However, anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Teenagers 16+ can come alone, but require a guardian’s signature on our digital waiver during ticket purchase. Some parts of the game may be challenging for children under 10 years old.

Can I bring my younger kids?

Yes! Children 4 and under can join you for free.

Do I need to reserve an escape room?

Reserving your experience in advance is the only way to guarantee your game and time. Walk-ins are welcome, but availability is not guaranteed.

How much does an escape game cost?

The regular ticket prices run between $44.95 – $69.95 per player and are typically based on the game length. Please call for meeting/event pricing.

When is the best time to play an escape room?

We all know that the weather in Florida is unpredictable. One thing Florida is best known for is the unexpected, frequent rain. All of our games are inside where it is nice and dry. Also on those scorching hot summer days you can come on in and enjoy our nice cold air conditioning.

Can I reschedule or cancel my game?

Yes, as long as you call at least 48 hours before the game. Learn about our rescheduling and cancellation policies.

Are escape rooms ADA accessible?

Yes. Not only are our rooms ADA compliant, but all players can truly access every room within all games at The Escape Effect. We pride ourselves on being inclusive of everyone.

Will I be paired with other players in an escape room?

Our games are all private. Only you, your friends, and family will participate.

Can I do an escape room on my own?

We recommend at least 2 players for our rooms, but we can make an exception if you’d really prefer playing alone. Contact us and we’ll have more information. Only our split Escape Room, A Knight To Escape, however, physically requires 4 players.

Are escape rooms very scary?

Some rooms can be, but ours at The Escape Effect are not. Our games are built for all ages to enjoy. While our escape room, Fright Before Your Eyes, can be a little spooky, it has no scare actors and no jump scares, except for the ones you make for each other!

Four escapes. More puzzles, more time, more fun!