I mean, who wouldn’t want to go to a place called Candytopia?! I sure did, so I surprised my daughter with a trip to Dallas’ extreme candy experience. Here are my thoughts about the venue. All opinions are my own.
Lauded as a “sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss”, Candytopia includes 14 carefully curated and crafted rooms and environments. When you first enter the experience, there is a little garden with sculptures made from candy that are absolutely amazing! There are also several portraits of the classics that you’ll recognize— The Thinker, Mona Lisa, Willy Wonka, Girl with the Pearl Earring… I especially liked the signage by each piece that provided details on what candies they were made with, how much they weighed, how many hours each took to put together, etc.
The steampunk room was my favorite and included a great assortment of cool candy art. The life-sized dragon made from candy was impressive and easily my favorite of the whole experience (with the undersea creatures a close second). Although, since I’ve never seen a dragon in person, I suppose I can’t really say he was “life-sized” but he was pretty darned big and incredible!
Some of the displays were interactive, which was unexpected. I mean, how often do you get to experience candy-coated unicorn pigs that shoot confetti out their bums? Yeah, there’s an air shower to get all that mess out of your hair too.
Another room had a bunch of cool optical illusions and hands-on photo activities,
and at the very end was a super fantastic marshmallow pit that was a highlight for everyone. Don’t worry, no real marshmallows were hurt during our adventures. They are just sponges made to look like real marshmallows!
But wait, there’s more. As you’re leaving, there’s a candy bull to send you off with a nod to our favorite song in these parts, “Deep in the heart of Texas.” I do love me some Texas.
What I Liked
- There are tons of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities, so take a good camera with you. Teens and influencers will love that there are endless selfie opportunities.
- There is free candy in EVERY room. Your kids will love that!
- The art was interactive and amazing. I loved that we could touch the displays. They were shellacked so if a kid should happen to lick one, the candy wouldn’t disintegrate from the slobber. Just tell your child to keep their tongues to themselves, no telling where those dragons have been.
- You and your kids will get a laugh launching marshmallows in the pit!
- It was really a lot of fun for me and my preteen.
What I Disliked
- There was a LOT to do in every room and the experience was timed. While self-paced, it’s also perfectly timed to one hour, so you’re limited to a certain amount of number of minutes in each room. I would have liked a little longer to look at some of the interesting portraits on the wall, but you are encouraged to move on.
- The free candy in each room is a neat idea but besides the Lindt truffles, the rest seemed like the Halloween candy rejects that you throw away. I was not impressed, or interested for that matter.
- They offer a virtual reality app that you can download but it’s not clearly marked in any of the rooms. Likely user error, (I was on sensory overload) but a little more guidance would have enhanced the experience. I actually didn’t see anyone using the app for that but maybe our group was too derpy.
- You literally have to sign away all your rights to every image you take when you purchase your tickets and download the app. Top it off, there are several photo stations that promise to send you your images — but I didn’t get a single one. So basically, Candytopia received a bunch of free press photos from me and I didn’t even get to enjoy them. That definitely irritated me and still does several weeks later. And I’m sure it will again when I see them repost my photos after this is published.
- The retail at the end is not stellar. I mean, really not stellar. And the lighting is too dark. I was ready to jet.
- The tickets for Candytopia are pricey. For me and my tween, it cost us about $75 just to go once you add on the service fees, etc.
Honestly, Candytopia is probably not like anything you’ve done before (unless you’ve done the Lego art at the Perot. It’s kinda the same, but without chocolate, or the marshmallow pit…) Moms, I suggest that if you really want to see this, leave the kids at home. Go and have drinks with your girlfriends first and then head over to Candytopia. You’ll probably have a lot more fun that way and spend less. Warning: Dads just flat out won’t like it—they will likely be bored and irritated that they spent so much money on it. And holy cow, Candytopia is definitely an experience that you do once, but not a second time. Not even in another city.
Did you have a different experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
NOTE: Candytopia, Dallas is a limited engagement. Their doors close July 31st. Also of note: Candytopia may be overwhelming for anyone with sensory sensitivities.