Nope, Candytopia wasn't a sugar-coated figment of your imagination. As a result of a permitting snafu at its original Boyle Heights venue, the immersive experience had to "make the difficult choice to find a new location." That day is finally here: The eye candy wonderland is set to reopen next Friday, March 2 at Santa Monica Place — and tickets go on sale today at noon.
Taking over the shopping center's East Court on the second level by Bloomingdale's through Wednesday, July 4, the kaleidoscopic candyland promises a beachside cotton candy surf shack, an art gallery filled with candied renditions of classics Andy Warhol and Edvard Munch, and even a swimming pool filled with faux marshmallows, among other selfie-ready experiences. Of course, you can expect a gift shop fully stocked with chocolate, Pez, Pocky, candy-themed clothing and accessories, and more to satisfy your sweet tooth before you head home.
Admission is $30 for adults and $23 for ages 4 to 12 (ages 3 and under are free) and there's a limit of 12 tickets per person; tickets must be purchased in advance by reserving a timed visit session, and it's recommended that you sign up for Candytopia's newsletter to get a link to buy tickets directly to your inbox when they're available.
Into it? See what to expect in our preview back in December here, then buy your tickets online starting at 12pm here.
Candytopia at Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Pl., #142, Santa Monica, CA 90401