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Meet Julie Lam and Evan Gregory of The Cromwell Estate in Anaheim Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Lam and Evan Gregory.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Julie and Evan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Both Evan and I started playing escape rooms several years back. We actually met doing our very first one together. As we started to form a team over the years playing these we developed a passion for puzzles. After we had done all the ones we possibly could in our area we decided we were going to take the leap and open our own. Shortly after, we started talking about the logistics of how we were going to do this we started asking for support from friends and family. Spending the weekends holding garage sales and rolling coin that we found in our cars and couches to open our first bank account. We started a kick starter campaign that was successfully funded and we just hit the ground running from there. We have poured our hearts out in this business as well as blood, sweat, and tears.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wouldn’t say the journey has been the smoothest. We struggled getting our name out there and getting somewhat of a “brand” as well as the initial fear of putting something we poured ourselves into with the chances that people wouldn’t like it. It’s .a vulnerable thing when you create something from an idea, almost like an art

Please tell us about The Cromwell Estate.
We are a horror themed escape room and we strive to give the best experience possible. We are known most for our entrance before you “break into” the room. I am so proud of how far we have come since the very first day we opened. Our puzzles have been upgraded and we are constantly improving and expanding while trying to push ourselves to the most creative limits. When you mix a business that relies on locking customers in a room and having them concentrate on solving puzzles to find their way out and then add a horror element to it, it can get very distracting. I feel that we have created an experience where you are forced to be immersed in our world without getting distracted from the puzzles but the diversions that do occur actually tell you a story and move you along your path.


  • 2 people – $45.00 pp
  • 3 people – 40.00 pp
  • 4 people – 32.00 pp
  • 5 to 8 people – 30.00

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Joseph Gonzalez

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