Happy Place pops up in Toronto

Chronicle reporter Janis Williams exploring her joy at Happy Place in Toronto. Photo credit: Happy Place team member

Can $42.50 buy you happiness?

If a pop-up experience reminiscent of a modern-day selfie-taking Alice in Wonderland sounds like paradise to you, the answer is yes.

This one-of-a-kind multiple rooms exhibit first wowed crowds in Los Angeles, moved to Chicago and most recently came to visit Toronto.

Happy Place draws in people of all ages. The majority of visitors at the Harbourfront Centre had giant smiles plastered on their faces, as they took in and explored the multi-sensory experience.

There are two simple rules to keep in mind – you can’t go backwards and you may not touch anything with mirrors.

As you walk, or in some cases wait ever so patiently for your turn, the bright and bold visuals in each unique space keep you entertained. The scenes are not only picture-worthy but also aesthetically pleasing.

The over-the-top, dream-like setting makes this is a prime destination for savvy social media influencers, whose goal is to capture the perfect ‘instagramable’ moment. It’s a two-way street of happiness: a combination of taking the experience in while becoming a part of the experience yourself.

Expect to hear bubble-gum pop tunes by artists like Britney Spears, Pharrell, NSYNC, Katy Perry and Beyoncé, it’s one hit after another on the journey through happiness.

The focus of the happiness team is to make this experience pure joy for attendees, employees are happy to take your picture at each stop along the way. Guests receive treats such as custom logoed M&M’s and chocolate chip cookies, the actual cherry on top of the experience.

You should plan to bring your patience and inner Zen on this tour. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was the perfect picture. You will have to wait for your peers to find the right lighting, angle and expression before you can experience exhibits for yourself.

If you are a selfie queen or a person who enjoys metaphorically colouring outside of the lines, this is probably a happiness journey worth taking, despite nearly $100 for you and a plus one. The good news: kids four and under are free.

Happy Place lasts until Jan. 1, 2019.

 

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