By Oscar Wolfe
At the Mall of America, yet another attraction has appeared, Candytopia. It is a Willy Wonka-esque tour through a series of differently themed rooms, photo ops, and, of course, candy. But is it really worth your $28?
First let’s talk about the good parts. It really is cool to see something that looks straight out of movies or books come to life. When the tour started I totally felt like I was in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. And obviously, the candy in almost every room helps the experience a ton. At first, I didn’t think that nine candy samples sounded like very much candy. But by the time we left, my stomach and pockets were full. And actual activities like playing with giant exercise balls, going through a blow up hallway, and jumping in a pit full of (fake) marshmallows are the best part of the experience—maybe even better than eating candy.
However it’s not all sweet. First of all, I don’t personally think $28 is the right ticket price for an activity that lasts about an hour. While Candytopia is cool, it’s not $28 cool. The main reason I say this is because while the available activities are fun, there aren’t really that many activities, all things considered. The vast majority of the experience is looking at candy sculptures/art and taking photos. I’m not even saying that candy sculptures and photos aren’t fun. I’m just saying that the balance of photos and activities is not as good as it could be. Especially for really little kids.
But one thing that kind of surprised me was how many young couples were at Candytopia. At first I thought that it was kind of weird. I had just assumed the target audience was little kids. But the more I thought about it, I realized that Candytopia totally works as a date experience. So it works for kids and couples.
In the end though, it’s up to you. If you’ve been to Candytopia, tell me what you thought about it.