Our Happy Place Experience
As you could probably gather, this unprecedented surge in interactive, selfie-driven, pop-up experiences intrigues me greatly from both a business and creative perspective. So, I was all too excited to finally experience one of these for myself. Plus, the Happy Place mission is one we can fully support:
We BELIEVE that our world today can use a lot more happiness. To make this DREAM come true, we set out on a journey to create a special place where anyone who walks in is surrounded by all things HAPPY.
As we drove to downtown LA, I was aware that the new location was at LA Live. What I didn’t realize is that it is basically now a huge tent on top of the parking garage at LA Live – not housed within a permanent structure. Not at all what I was expecting, but nevertheless it was super cute on the outside. A huge bright yellow tent brightened the sky as if it were sunshine itself!
Next, we entered said tent, where we were greeted by a group of overly happy, bubbly, helpful employees who guided us through the experience. Another surprise to me: For some reason, I expected a huge place where we would roam around from room to room. Instead, Happy Place is an elaborate, delightful maze of sorts. There is only one way in and one way out. And as the guide told us at the beginning, you can’t go back to rooms. In other words, you have to keep moving forward from room to room in order.
When we were there, it wasn’t overly crowded, as we arrived early on press day. So, we were able to proceed at our own pace, pausing to take pics as we wished. However, I can imagine (and some online reviews verify this) that it could get a little crowded when bottlenecks form with weekend crowds.
In terms of what exactly you can expect room by room, well there’s a little something for everyone! You’ll find all sorts of color and texture and sounds and light. The rooms are created for muli-sensory experiences. You will be delighted in so many ways. Some of my favorite rooms: the yellow gum ball room, the rainbow butterfly wall, the pink cubby with white chains, the rainbow and pot of gold ball pit room, and last, but certainly not least, the confetti dome! And yes I jumped right into the pot of gold ball pit, and I overstayed my welcome in the confetti dome.
As for a technical critique… be prepared that the setting is not ideal for perfect photos. What do I mean by that? Well, the tent itself is black. So, you do not have the advantage of natural light. And the artificial light is less than flattering. It’s harsh and seemingly misdirected in places. Also, we were surprised by the nature of the “walls” of the rooms. They aren’t actual murals or painted art or walls at all, but rather patterns printed on vinyl. If you look closely at some of our photos, you can see that by the ripples in some of the vinyl. I was hoping for inspiring paintings by artists.
But please don’t let these small critiques deter you! I just wanted to be upfront about what to expect. Don’t expect original painted art. Don’t expect any natural light. Don’t expect perfectly lighted rooms. Instead, please do expect to laugh and smile and snap pictures and throw confetti and jump in ball pits and blow kisses and so much more. This place has lots of happiness in store for you! Go, go, go. I want to see your photos!
A few other items / helpful hints: (1) There is a super cute gift store and colorful food court at the end of the experience. (2) There are no bathrooms within the tented event space. So, no, my crazy fashion blogging friends, you cannot coordinate an outfit with each room. Wink, wink. (3) No strollers are allowed within the tented event space.