Escape Room Entertains With a Twist

Tyler Russell and Jonathan Katz with their new mobile enterprise.
Tyler Russell and Jonathan Katz with their new mobile enterprise.

A new form of entertainment where a team must solve a series of clues and puzzles to win the game and “escape” have opened across the country in recent years.

The Escape Bus is Orange County’s first mobile escape room, giving gamers and thrill-seekers a new immersive experience. Its futuristic game Firewall is set in the year 2033. Players are immersed in a hacker consortium and captured in transport they must work together to escape.

After visiting escape rooms in Budapest, Laguna Beach resident Tyler Russell, co-founder of The Escape Bus, said he envisioned the Escape Bus as elevating the standard escape room to a whole new level. “We’re combining unique technology, visual effects and an exciting storyline, and we’re making it mobile. The Escape Bus will come to you!” he says in a statement.

A former passenger school bus was converted into a multi-room escape experience, equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Gamemaster and co-founder Jonathan Katz said Firewall is designed to navigate players through an experiential story. “We want them to forget about their cell phones and social media for 45 minutes as we give them a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.”

The Escape Bus can accommodate two to six players at a time and will be available for Open Escapes, parking in various locations all over Southern California, as well as bookings.

To stay up-to-date on its whereabouts, visit For more information on pricing, call: (949) 357-2871.


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