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Universal’s Great Movie Escape Opens at Universal CityWalk

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Great Scott! Universal’s Great Movie Escape is opening its doors at CityWalk on December 9, inviting guests to find their way out of the universes of Back to the Future or Jurassic World

The two adventures, titled Jurassic World: Escape and Back to the Future: OUTATIME (named after their respective franchises), have promised to be first-of-their-kind with randomized activities and differing solutions, while being customizable based on party size and skill level. As Universal Orlando Resort is a world-class destination for guests of all ages, this innovative, new offering will appeal to almost everyone in your traveling party. 

Your ticket to escape at Universal’s Great Movie Escape starts at $49.99 per person (plus tax). Each room holds up to six guests per group and may include multiple parties.

The team at Orlando Informer has been patiently anticipating the unveiling of Universal’s Great Movie Escape, as we are big fans of both franchises. We were invited to attempt our escape on December 8. While we will divulge the overarching storyline of these experiences, no spoilers are included. Even then, with the first-of-its-kind quality in an escape room, your experience could be completely different from ours.  

Back to the Future: OUTATIME at Universal's Great Movie Escape
Back to the Future: OUTATIME at Universal’s Great Movie Escape

Prior to its opening, we had a proper fan moment when it was announced that Christopher Lloyd would be reprising his role as Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown in  Back to the Future: OUTATIME, an eccentric inventor that created a time travel experiment and caused the events in the Back to the Future series. With the franchise’s roots of time travel, we venture back in time to a museum in the year 1993 where Biff, the nemesis of all three films, has stolen Doc’s time travel device and jeopardizes the space-time continuum. Much like Marty, the franchise’s protagonist, has had to accomplish countless times, it is up to your group to save the past and future.

As a long-time fan of the Back to the Future franchise myself, I had a blast revisiting some of my favorite (and those you love to hate) characters and scenes within the three movies and becoming part of the story. If you are on the fence about time travel and not sure what a flux capacitor is, no need to panic – anyone who is unfamiliar with the franchise can still have an enjoyable time and help save the day! We recommend making like a tree and getting out to Back to the Future: OUTATIME as soon as you can – it is your density.

A look inside of Jurassic World: ESCAPE in Universal's Great Movie Escape
A look inside of Jurassic World: Escape in Universal’s Great Movie Escape

After an hour or two of rest from time travel jet lag, it was time to step into the Isla Nublar lab within Jurassic World: Escape. The workday in the lab began as it always does – feeding dinosaurs and splicing DNA. However, a Jurassic apex predator has broken free, and it was up to us to save the park. 

Similar to our time travel escapade, the concept was easy to grasp so that guests with varying levels of Jurrasic World could fully enjoy and participate. However, our second breakout differed from the first in being focused on more technology-based challenges. With the roars of the escaped dino in the distance, the pressure to get out was intensified with every screech.

Wanting some liquid courage before your quest or to celebrate your team’s accomplishments with a “cheers”? The venue not only holds two wild adventures, but has two bars – one upstairs next to Jurassic World: Escape and another in the lobby, closer to Back to the Future: OUTATIME. Here’s what is on the menu:

Specialty Cocktails

Smoke & Mirrors – $15.50
Noble Oak, China China, agave nectar, Bourbon Barrel, and Chocolate Bitters

Wake Up Juice – $14.50
Old Overholt Rye, Kahlua, Angostura Bitters

Grand Banks Swizzle – $14.50
Appleton Reserve Rum, Falernum, toffee nut, lime juice, Angostura Bitters

Gigawatt Glow – $14.00
New Amsterdam Vodka, blue curacao, lime juice, Sprite

Raptor Bite – $14.50
El Jimador Blanco Tequila, mango juice, triple sec, lime juice, Hella Smoked Chili Bitters, Jalapeno

Silent Era – $14.50
New Amsterdam Vodka, Kahlua, espresso, pistachio syrup

Hill Valley Gin & Tonic – $14.50
New Amsterdam Gin, Dry Curacao, tonic, Angostura Bitters

Mocktails

Hoverboard Highball – $9.00
Pineapple juice, agave nectar, lime juice, tonic

Nublar Cooler – $9.00
Fresh lime juice, agave nectar, pineapple juice, jalapeno slices, tonic

Beer

Draft
Isla Nublar IPA – $12.00
Bud Light – $10.50
Heineken – $11.50
Blue Moon – $11.50
Negra Modelo – $11.50
Rotating Seasonal – $11.50

Bottled
Corona – $10.50
Angry Orchard – $10.50
White Claw – $10.50

Wine
(Glass/Bottle)

White
Mark West Pinot Noir – $11.00/$41.00
Kaiken Reserve Malbec – $12.00/$45.00

Red
Yealands Sauvignon Blanc – $12.00/glass
Kendall Jackson Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay – $41.00/bottle
A to Z Vinter’s Reserve Chardonnay – $49.00/bottle

Merchandise to commemorate your escape is also available for purchase.

Whether you are traveling through the space-time continuum or protecting yourself from becoming a dinosaur’s next meal, Universal Orlando Resort’s newest offering will allow visitors to bond with their team and create memories during their vacation in a whole new way.

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About Kelsey Bowyer

Kelsey hails from the land of chocolate, ketchup, and Mister Rogers – known to most as Pennsylvania. Her family’s annual visits to the sunshine state instilled a love of storytelling and theme parks at an early age. In 2015, she packed her bags for the Disney College Program but decided to make this move permanent and call Orlando home. When she is not roaming Orlando’s world-class Theme Parks with her husband, she can be found lost in a book, planning her next vacation, or petting dogs.