Refreshing Mountain, located just north of Lancaster, PA has two escape rooms created and curated for a unique experience for families. At the heart of Refreshing Mountain are families, and over the years they continued to see the need for an indoor experience the whole family could enjoy. With those two driving forces the adventure center created two unique escape rooms and is currently creating a brand new escape room, bringing the total escape experiences up to three!
Below is a personal testimony of what you can expect in the Funding the Dream- escape experience.
"My first time doing an Escape Room was at Refreshing Mountain! I didn’t know what to expect going into it, because I had never done an escape room before. I thought that it would be one of those experiences where the leaders take charge, and no one else has anything to do. However, it was very interactive, and everyone had a part to play.
The Escape Room is set in the 1950s and the theme is “Funding the Dream”. The goal is to choose your invention, get it patented, and then get the funding to bring your dream to reality. There were two main things that I liked about the experience. The first is that there was a live actor, and the second is that it’s a private booking, meaning that I did the escape room only with people that I knew.
I liked the fact that there was a live actor in the room while we were doing the escape room because it added to the experience. The live actor was a Refreshing Mountain employee who acted like they were just a part of the set up by playing the role of a worker who matched the theme of the escape room.
He also gave hints when necessary, let us know how much time we had left, and debriefed with us at the end of our time. The debrief helped us to see areas where we could have done things differently or worked better together. Overall, the live actor made the experience more engaging.
I also was glad that the experience was with only people that I knew and not strangers. I did the escape room with my coworkers. This was a good teambuilding experience because it helped us to work together to meet a common goal, but also have fun! We learned some of each other’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as our own.
We were also able to see how each person worked in a time crunch (the count down until our hour was up). I think that it was good that our group could learn this with people that know each other and not strangers because we can put what we learned into practice as we continue to work together in other settings.
Overall, with arriving about 15 minutes early, the room lasts a little over an hour. A few things to note are that you do not need to bring anything special when coming to the Escape Room. All that you need to “Fund your Dream” is in the Escape Room, therefore if someone would bring something like a pocketknife or pocket tool with them, they would be asked to leave that outside the room before starting.
The Escape Room at Refreshing Mountain was a good experience that I would recommend to families, youth groups, office teams, etc. It helps to strengthen bonds within a group of people that already know each other while having fun working to meet a common goal. Any group of people who want to have a unique, fun experience should give the Escape Room at Refreshing Mountain a try!" - Justin