Nancy Drew Escape Room Experience - world premiere at The Gateway
Nancy Drew Escape Room Experience – world premiere at The Gateway

On the heels of National Literacy Month, Mystery Escape Room will open the first officially licensed escape room experience in the world based on the classic Nancy Drew Mystery StoriesⓇ,  licensed from Simon & Schuster, a CBS Company. The site at The Gateway is scheduled to open October 24, 2019.  It joins two other exclusive licenses at the Salt Lake location: The Sword of Zorro and The Secrets of Downton Abbey.

This world premiere grand opening will be Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Tickets will go on sale in early October at To help support childhood literacy, Simon & Schuster has generously donated books that will be distributed to Riley Elementary and other area schools.

The Mystery of the Missing Jewelry takes place deep in the woods at Evergreen Lodge where Nancy, the fictional amateur sleuth, is staying with her father. 40 years prior, Mrs. Addison’s valuable jewelry collection was stolen, and it’s believed to still be in the lodge. The jewelry was stolen by a member of the hotel staff who was unable to remove it from one of the hotel’s secret rooms before being fired and banned from the property. But he kept a journal which was later found and passed on to Nancy. Ever up for a good mystery, she’s happy to lead the team in finding clues, evading a nasty bunch of criminal treasure hunters and unraveling the mystery.

Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew Carolyn Keene

“We are very excited to be working a nationally recognized publisher, Simon & Schuster, a CBS company, to bring the mystery of the iconic Nancy Drew Mystery Stories to life in one of our escape rooms,” said Leslie Pardew, owner of Mystery Escape Room. “Every generation wants to hand down their love of Nancy Drew to children and grandchildren. This is a perfect fit for the whole family or great for team building.” 

“As a hub for specialty interactive experiences, we’re proud to have this addition to our roster of entertainment and art exhibits here at The Gateway,” says Jacklyn Briggs marketing director. “We’re happy to help boost literacy in Salt Lake by working with partners on book giveaways and helping instil a love for books to our youngest visitors.”