Ernest N Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA,
January 25 - 27, 2019

Escape Room Sessions

Escape Room Sessions

Drive revenue year round by operating an Escape Room. This track will cover advanced tips for current escape room operators as well as give tips and tricks to those that currently operate haunted attractions and would like to incorporate an escape room into their business.

NOTE: You must have a Full Weekend Pass or One Day Pass to attend these sessions. CLICK HERE to register.


Friday, January 12

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Mistakes with Scenic Designs, the Difference Between Escape Rooms and Haunted Houses
by Mark Maupin, Amarillo Scareground


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Making Your Escape Room Come Alive
by Tod Ardoin of Dead of Night Productions & Kirk Melancon of Dark House Productions

In this session, Tod Ardoin and Kirk Melancon will show attendees how to run a fully immersive escape room using controller technology. Tod and Kirk will share the top 5 must-dos and top 5 must-avoids, as well as how to add RFID and other useful tech for automating an Escape Game.


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bring Your Escape Rooms to Life with RFID 
by Angela Ardoin & Tori Ardoin of Dead of Night Productions

Escape Rooms are increasing in popularity and in this panel discussion, Tori and Angela Ardoin of Dead of Night Productions will learn the steps needed to add this new revenue stream to an existing haunt. Panelists include Haunters who have successfully added Escape Rooms to their property. Increase your revenue in 2018 by adding Escape Games.


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Lessons Learned: Designing and Building an Escape Experience
by Tori Ardoin and Lanie Williams of Dead of Night Productions

In this in depth session, Tori Ardoin and Lanie Williams detail the start to finish process of creating an escape game. From concept to execution, this class covers lessons learned, things to avoid, what works and what doesn’t in game design.


Saturday, January 13

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 
Telling Stories and Building Words: Why Stories Matter in Escape Rooms 
by Andrew Preble, of Escape My Room

The secret to any good escape room is the story—it’s what captivates the player. It connects the puzzles and progression of the room with emotion. Guests may get hooked on the title, but they’ll stay for the story. A story that enthralls them and makes an hour feel like 10 minutes. A good story is reflected in the decor of the room, the puzzles they solve, the way the game masters interact with players. Everything should revolve around the story which successfully builds the world. Preble is the founder of the award-winning Escape My Room in New Orleans, and has been called one of of the most immersive escape rooms in the world. Journey with him as he talks about what it takes to build a world around your escape rooms, and why stories matter.


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Escape Games Without Walls: A Case Study
by Alexis Santos, of Dangerously Creative

Escape Games, have exploding across the US, and today’s attraction designers are constantly experimenting, stretching the envelope, reinventing the wheel, and thinking outside of the “box” looking for the next new edge in immersive entertainment. In this thought provoking session, Alexis Santos of Dangerously Creative describes one such experiment, an escape game with no walls, that creates a new kind of immersive experience that make guests feel like they’re actually in a movie/video game. Presented as a case study, The Beast of Blackwood cleverly utilized the great outdoors as a setting for an Escape Game. Topics covered include, the design principles, technology, actors, game design, and a heaping helping of storytelling that Alexis used to pull off this experimental event in 2017, and he shares with attendees the lessons he learned, problems that arose and solutions he developed along the way.


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Drive Year Round Revenue by Adding Escape Rooms to Your Haunt
by Tod Ardoin of Dead of Night Productions & Kirk Melancon of Dark House Productions

Escape Rooms are increasing in popularity and provide Haunter’s with a new revenue stream. Tod Ardoin of Dead of Night Productions and Kirk Melancon of Dark House Productions present the steps attendees need to take to build an Escape Room. This panel discussion will include Haunters to have successfully added Escapes to their Haunt.


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Transitioning Haunt Technolgy into the Escape Industry
by Mark Maupin, Amarillo Scareground

Join Mark Maupin of Xcape Room Warehouse as he discusses the do’s and don’ts of implementing technology and controllers that haunters are familiar with in an escape room.


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