Best of ORL 2021 – Fun & Leisure

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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


2 Taverna Opa (Authentic Greek cuisine and entertainment)


3 Abstract Orlando (Art Gallery, Studio, Venue)


Non-Theme Park Attraction

1 The Escape Effect

International Drive


2 ICON Park

International Drive


3 Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

Winter Park


Public Golf Course

1 Dubsdread Golf Course

College Park


2 Twin Rivers Golf Club



3 Shingle Creek Golf Club



Private Golf Course

Tranquilo Golf Course at Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Lake Buena Vista


Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge



Tuscawilla Country Club

Winter Springs


Dubsdread Golf Course. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Art Gallery

1 Mill’s Gallery

North Mills Avenue


2 Snap! Orlando

East Church Street


3 Bronze Kingdom African art gallery

International Drive



1 Orlando Museum of Art

Loch Haven Park


2 The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Winter Park


Orlando Science Center

Loch Haven Park


Business Hotel

1 The Alfond Inn

Winter Park


AC Hotel Orlando Downtown

Downtown Orlando


3 Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

Downtown Orlando


Place for a Staycation

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort


Universal Orlando Resort


3 Walt Disney World Resort


Orlando Museum of Art. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Place to Get Married

Walt Disney World Resort

Lake Buena Vista


2 Harry P. Leu Gardens



Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall



Trivia Night

1 The Hammered Lamb

Ivanhoe Village


2 Graffiti Junktion

Multiple Orlando-area locations


3 Mellow Mushroom

Multiple Orlando-area locations


The Hammered Lamb. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.

Performing Arts Group

1 Orlando Ballet


Central Florida Performing Arts


3 Central Florida Community Arts


Movie Theater

1 Enzian



AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24


3 Epic Theatres

Orlando, Mount Dora


Charity Gala

1 Hats & Heroes Ball

Benefits Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center


UCP Evening at Your Palace Gala

Benefits children living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities


Give Hope Foundation Gala

Benefits families with children battling cancer


The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. ROBERTO GONZALEZ.


The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival


2 Paws in the Park


3 FusionFest


Live Music Venue

1 House of Blues Orlando

Disney Springs


2 Tin Roof



3 Will’s Pub

Mills 50 District

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