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Review: Candytopia Atlanta
February 8 - July 28
Entering Candytopia is dramatic – a bit like the moment when Willy Wonka opens the doors to his famous chocolate factory. Candy is free for the taking, and a vision of kids on sugar highs might be the first thing that comes to your mind. However, this candy-themed adventure offers visitors much more than samples. My husband Scott and I took our three kids, Julie, 13, Johnny, 9 and Josie, 4, to Candytopia on a recent Sunday afternoon.
Once the large double doors opened, you are led into a room filled with elaborate sculptures made from candy of all kinds. There’s a fox made from 13,000 pieces of candy corn, and a dragon sculpted with thousands of red and pink gummies. The highlight of the first room, however, is a large clock that lowers from the ceiling filled with chocolates – which are up for grabs.
After stopping in the first room, guides urged us to tour the rest of Candytopia at our leisure. Each colorful and candy-themed room offers opportunities for play and also free candy for the taking. There are swings, see-saws, playhouses and a neon mirror maze. One room is filled with candy-sculpted portraits of iconic celebrities, characters or scenes, such as Steve Jobs, Mona Lisa, Willy Wonka and Madonna. The tour is one-way and you can’t return to previously visited areas, so make sure everyone in your group is ready before moving on.
Our favorite rooms, hands-down, were the confetti room and the marshmallow room. With rainbow confetti spouting everywhere, the confetti room is a fun surprise. The kids and I reclined on a large spinning circle while confetti rained on us. Thanks to the Candytopia app, we snapped some fun overhead photos. The marshmallow room is all about being a kid. Think huge ball pit but with foam marshmallows. We jumped in the marshmallow pit and threw marshmallows at each other.
Our whole family found Candytopia an enjoyable – and sweet – way to spend the afternoon. The exhibit is fun for all ages, but older kids who are into selfies and social media will especially enjoy the many photo opportunities. Your tour will end at the gift shop, so be prepared to make a purchase or two. Download the Candytopia app before you go for added “augmented reality” photo and video experiences.
– Kristy MacKaben
Explore a candy-filled wonderland with a marshmallow pit, tons of pieces of art decorated with candy, whimsical swings and more. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Through July 28. Advance ticket purchase required. Adults, $28; ages 4-12, $20; ages 3 and younger, free.