What is an Escape Room?
Picture this: A dozen people are locked in a room for an hour, with only their wits and problem-solving skills to find a way out as the stress builds around them. Some call it a murder mystery on steroids, gamified theater, a living puzzle, real-life video games, interactive entertainment or an intense team-building experience. Northern Utah calls it the Great Room Escape, and the first franchise in the state opened its doors in Layton in July of 2016.
Each room concept has a tension or pressure element, making it just a little more challenging to recall simple spelling and arithmetic needed to solve puzzles. This element makes the escape rooms the perfect environment for team building.
A concept that started in Japan in 2007 spread to Europe and is finally making its way to the United States. Almost 3,000 escape rooms are found in 65 countries and more than 700 cities, according to the Escape Room Directory. Business is booming since the first escape room opened on U.S. soil in 2012. More are opening every day, and Layton’s owners expect to open more Utah locations in the future.
Layton Great Room Escape started with the franchise’s most successful: the Zombie Room. The Houdini room opened in October of 2016. The franchise partners felt the Zombie and Houdini rooms offered both extremes of the escape room concept and should appeal to a wide variety of guests. Plans to add Cabin by spring of 2017 are already under way. Other franchise locations throughout the nation offer other themes including Countdown, Lab, Relic and Terminal.
While the Layton partners encourage Utahns to get in on the escape room craze no matter the venue, they say the Great Room Escape is unique because of its quality, Hollywood-worthy interactive sets, attention to detail, actor presence and cohesive clue streams. It is truly a 4-D experience involving all the senses.
In Layton, the fire marshal has approved Great Room Escape’s use of real locks on real doors. This is real, Folks! However, every precaution has been taken that in the event of an emergency, or even at the request of any guest at any time, the doors can be safely and quickly unlocked using emergency escape buttons. Staff members are constantly watching guests over the camera security system to monitor for emergency situations while actors in each room can constantly communicate with staff members.
In the Zombie Room, between four to 12 guests enter an alleyway leading to the mansion of a crazed doctor intent on seeking a way to live forever. Inside the mansion also resides the caretaker, who may have been shut up in the mansion maintaining the property and befriending the doctor a little too long. Clues in the room appeal to many different kinds of people and test knowledge in literature, art, math, games, riddles, mechanics and music. While the caretaker guides guests to the keys needed to escape, guests must avoid contact with the doctor, whose shackles lengthen every five minutes.
In the Houdini Room, guests attempt to help Houdini’s widow, Bess. Houdini, the world’s greatest escape artist and famous magician, made a pact with his wife to try and make contact from beyond the grave upon his death. They also set a deadline by which they would give up and Bess was to move on with her life. As the appointed hour approaches, guests must discover the final item so that Bess may make one last attempt to contact her beloved husband.
In the Cabin Room, set to open in spring of 2017, You and your friends are being pursued by a serial killer. You take refuge in a dark cabin. However, you soon learn that this is a trap set by the killer. He will catch up to you in one hour. Can you escape his trap before he arrives?
The team hopes to add other rooms to their Layton location in the future. All rooms are over 1,000 square feet, allowing ample room for the experience.
When is it?
Your group can request almost any time and day year-round to experience Great Room Escape with prior arrangements. Currently, regular hours include shows Monday through Saturday. Weekends often fill up in advance, so online booking is encouraged.
As the escape room increases in popularity, show times will increase. Limited walk-ins are allowed as room permits, so online ticket purchasing. Visit our location to talk with staff members and book your show. For corporate events or special events outside of regular hours, please call to arrange a time.
Once you have purchased tickets, please arrive 15 minutes before your time slot.
Hours of Operation
Before Attending The Great Room Escape you must fill out a liability waiver. If you are a minor, you need a parent or guardians signature in order to participate, otherwise you don’t get in.