After months of construction, Waxahachie’s The Great Escape will open its doors to the community, with its first escape room opening Nov. 1 and six more rooms to open over the next few months.
Each escape room presents guests with a set of challenges that test critical thinking skills with different puzzles and clues. The Great Escape is a family-operated business owned by Jackie Coffee, her daughter, Bella Renfroe, and Coffey’s mother, Rossy Ballesteros.
Coffey said the excitement from this type of entertainment venue has been brewing for months in the community. They had planned to open sooner but there were a few delays during the construction process.
“We are opening with one room and the next month we will be opening with another (until) all seven are open,” Coffey said. “The city wants to see every room in its completion. So, they are letting us open up conditionally. We are going to open up with the Mario Room.
“We have already started and activated our ‘book now’ button on the website and have started taking reservations,” Coffey said.
Each room has a different theme, with guests having an hour to solve the puzzles inside. Guests will be required to find hidden clues or clues hiding in plain sight and solve challenging puzzles located throughout the room.
Coffey said while other escape rooms provide players with answers, they won’t be doing so at The Great Escape because that’s part of the challenge.
In the Mario Room, guests are transported to the Mushroom Kingdom and tasked with saving Princess Peach from Bowser. They have to rescue the princess and get out of the castle before they are found.
The rooms opening in the future include Funhouse, which takes place on some old carnival grounds; Avalanche, which takes place on a mountain; Emerald Excavation, which takes place in a mine; Party Time, which transports guests back to the 1990s and they have to escape their home to attend a party; and Plankton’s Revenge, which takes guests into the world of SpongeBob. The last room will be called Compression.
Ballesteros said they have been working around the clock so they can provide people with a great experience. She said she feels like she can “breathe” again with the work coming to completion on the first escape room.
Coffey shared her mom’s feelings about the upcoming opening.
“We have people that call us every day and have stopped by every day,” she said. “I am more excited for the community aspect of it of getting open. I went to the city to get some of our permits and one of the ladies there said, ‘Are you open yet?’ and ‘Can I make a reservation?’ ”
Coffey said they received their certificate of occupancy Oct. 17.
The Great Escape is open from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Monday-Friday afternoons, The Great Escape is open only for reservations. Reservations are not required on weekends and walk-ins are welcome but reservations help reserve a spot. People can also reserve an entire room for a single group. Otherwise, all games are public, which means other players can join your game until the room is full. The Great Escape is also available for team building adventures. It is recommended that people arrive 15 minutes early to ensure the whole party is present at the start of the game. The cost is $32 a person.
The Great Escape is at 791 N. U.S. Highway 77 Suite 101-A in Waxahachie. For more information or to book a time, visit www.thegreatescapedfw.com. Staff can be reached at 972-290-0384.