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COURTESY THE ESCAPE EFFECT

Entertainment Experience

The Escape Effect

Keys to Solving the Puzzle

Before game developer Dan Suleski and his wife, retail manager Jamie, set out to develop their Escape Effect attraction on International Drive, they did their research. “We know part of coming up with a business is identifying what makes you unique,” Suleski says. When the couple completed their first game in 2017, they invited friends, family members and coworkers to test it. They found most guests needed between 80 minutes and one hour 45 minutes to complete the game. “You realize everyone is different,” he adds. Now, with four games with time limits between 75 minutes and two hours, Escape Effect offers an experience that everyone ages 6 and older, able-bodied or disabled, can enjoy. Experiences include a medieval-themed escape, a Ghostbusters-inspired game, a Greek mythology-themed room, and a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery. Participants are offered unlimited hints and varied levels of difficulty. Suleski set out to make virtual worlds come to life in a way familiar to many gamers. “To me, an escape room is like a video game. It’s a physical version of a lot of the games you would play 20 years ago, such as Myst,” he says. —Cheri Henderson

 

Entertainment Experience

1 The Escape Effect (Escape Room Experience)

International Drive

theescapeeffect.com

 

2 Taverna Opa (Authentic Greek cuisine and entertainment)

opaorlando.com

 

3 Abstract Orlando (Art Gallery, Studio, Venue)

abstractorlando.com

 

Non-Theme Park Attraction

1 The Escape Effect

International Drive

theescapeeffect.com

 

2 ICON Park

International Drive

iconparkorlando.com

 

3 Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

Winter Park

scenicboattours.com

 

Public Golf Course

1 Dubsdread Golf Course

College Park

historicaldubsdread.com

 

2 Twin Rivers Golf Club

Oviedo

twinriversgolf.com

 

3 Shingle Creek Golf Club

Orlando

shinglecreekgolf.com

 

Private Golf Course

Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Lake Buena Vista

fourseasons.com

 

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Orlando

bayhill.com

 

Tuscawilla Country Club

Winter Springs

tuscawillacc.com

 

Dubsdread Golf Course. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Art Gallery

1 Mill’s Gallery

North Mills Avenue

millsgalleryorlando.com

 

2 Snap! Orlando

East Church Street

snaporlando.com

 

3 Bronze Kingdom African art gallery

International Drive

bronzekingdommuseum.com

 

Museum

1 Orlando Museum of Art

Loch Haven Park

omart.org

 

2 The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Winter Park

morsemuseum.org

 

Orlando Science Center

Loch Haven Park

osc.org

 

Business Hotel

1 The Alfond Inn

Winter Park

thealfondinn.com

 

AC Hotel Orlando Downtown

Downtown Orlando

marriott.com

 

3 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

Downtown Orlando

marriott.com

 

Place for a Staycation

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

fourseasons.com

 

Universal Orlando Resort

universalorlando.com

 

3 Walt Disney World Resort

disneyworld.disney.go.com

 

Orlando Museum of Art. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Place to Get Married

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista

disneyworld.disney.go.com

 

2 Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando

leugardens.org

 

Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall

Sanford

venue1902.com

 

Trivia Night

1 The Hammered Lamb

Ivanhoe Village

thehammeredlamb.com

 

2 Graffiti Junktion

Multiple Orlando-area locations

graffitijunktion.com

 

3 Mellow Mushroom

Multiple Orlando-area locations

mellowmushroom.com

 

The Hammered Lamb. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Performing Arts Group

1 Orlando Ballet

orlandoballet.org

 

Central Florida Performing Arts

cfpatheater.com

 

3 Central Florida Community Arts

cfcarts.com

 

Movie Theater

1 Enzian

Maitland

enzian.org

 

AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24

disneysprings.com

 

3 Epic Theatres

Orlando, Mount Dora

epictheatres.com

 

Charity Gala

1 Hats & Heroes Ball

Benefits Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center

kidsbeatingcancer.com

 

UCP Evening at Your Palace Gala

Benefits children living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities

ucpcfl.org

 

Give Hope Foundation Gala

Benefits families with children battling cancer

givehopefoundation.org

 

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Festival

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

wpsaf.org

 

2 Paws in the Park

petallianceorlando.org

 

3 FusionFest

fusionfest.org

 

Live Music Venue

1 House of Blues Orlando

Disney Springs

houseofblues.com/orlando

 

2 Tin Roof

ICON Park

tinrooforlando.com

 

3 Will’s Pub

Mills 50 District

willspub.org

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