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Check Out the Happy Place

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So here’s the deal: downtown, near some of the most luxurious apartments for rent in Los Angeles, CA, there’s a pop-up experience whose time in the city is drawing to close. It’s called Happy Place, and it was created with a singular mission — to spread a little joy to anyone who visits.

The rub, however, is that it’ll be leaving L.A. on May 27th, so if you want to experience the magic, you’ll have to get down there soon. Is it worth it, though? That’s what we’re here to ascertain today, as we explore what Happy Place is all about, what the “word on the street” is, and what you can do to make the most of it (should you decide to head there for yourself).

Happy Place? Never Heard of It…

If you haven’t had your ear to the ground, then that’s no surprise. Happy Place just “popped up” last year (November 20, 2017, to be precise) in the Arts District, and only just resurfaced at the L.A. Live Event Deck on April 26th. This is after several months of “re-imagining,” according to a recent press release:

“After nearly four months of re-imagining, Happy Place will once again open its doors bringing an even bigger, better, and happier experience to patrons.”

That reworking of the event has brought with it a “happier experience,” courtesy of extended operational hours (it now runs from 10:00AM - 9:00PM, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00AM - 9:00PM, Friday through Sunday), and the larger event space provided by the L.A. Live Event Deck. With that bigger space, the minds behind Happy Place have decided to throw in some peculiar extras to augment the visitor vibe, including:

Twenty four 20-ft tall “fly guys” at the entrance
A 10-ft tall rubber ducky in the lobby
An “Ultimate Happy Room” featuring delicious treats
Among those treats, you’ll find:

  • Cake pops
  • A balloon photo stop
  • Rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Rainbow cotton candy
  • Rainbow popcorn
  • The Unicorn sundae

It all sounds surreal, and this so-called Happy Place boasts a list of impressive guest who have graced its doors (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Washington, Adele, Khloe Kardashian, Olivia Wilde, Travis Barker, Hilary Duff, Rashida Jones...) but we might be getting ahead of ourselves here. Just what is all this stuff for, you might be wondering? To answer that, we turn to the event’s website.

What Is Happy Place Supposed to Be?

On their FAQ, they’ve succinctly answered what Happy Place is supposed to be:

“Happy Place is a massive pop-up experience at L.A. LIVE filled with smiles, laughs, one of a kind installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and a whole lot of selfie moments that you don’t want to miss!”

As for why the architect behind Happy Place, Jared Paul, embarked on this journey:

“We created Happy Place because we believe that our world today can use a lot more happiness. To make this dream come true, we set out on a journey to create a special place where anyone who walks in is surrounded by all things happy!”

In essence, they view themselves as a beacon of light in the darkness they consider the current state of human existence. Not a lackluster goal, by any stretch of the imagination, but, how does Happy Place follow through on their aims?

Is Happy Place Any Good?

Press coverage of Happy Place hasn’t exactly been prodigious, but ABC7 has a brief write-up, wherein they categorize the event as interesting, at the very least:

“This unique escape from reality is also great for a night out, as well as a treasure trove of interesting backdrops for photos and social media.”

A snippet from LA Weekly also takes a positive tone, and LADT News even featured Happy Place on The Don’t Miss List. Visitor opinions, on the other hand, are mixed. Take a trip over to Yelp, and you’ll see the event is sitting at a paltry 2 ½ stars (at the time of writing).

On the positive side, you’ll find comments like this one from user Mel C, who seems to have had a blast:

“We took the kids to Happy Place and we all had a blast! It definitely brings out the kid in you. Even my 70 yr old mom had fun. Some rooms were fantastic like the upside down room and the confetti dome...”

Taking a more critical angle are users like Sue P, who found the experience cute, but clunky:

“There needed to be better supervision. Two people got into a shouting match over a misunderstanding and there was no one to stop the altercation. It was crazy. There wasn't enough supervision, period...”

Scrolling over the complaints, you’ll see a few common gripes repeat themselves:

  • Parking sucks
  • The experience is disorganized
  • It’s crowded
  • The lines are terrible
  • The staff is rude
  • It’s overpriced

On an upbeat note, though, most remark that the rooms at Happy Place are beautiful, and the affair is great if you want those coveted Instagram shots to add to your feed.

So, should you check out the Happy Place while you still have a chance? Signs point to “yes,” if you fancy yourself the photographer type and don’t have a problem with potentially waiting through hellish lines and running afoul of a wee bit of chaos. Otherwise, though, you might want to find your happiness somewhere else. Ultimately, though, the final decision is up to you, so if you are interested, be sure to make plans and snag some tickets before Happy Place packs up and hits the road for Chicago.

If you want to learn more about Happy Place, be sure to visit their website, and check them out on their social channels as well:


Alternatively, you can shoot them an email if you have an specific inquiries about the event.

You’ll Have a Happy Place of Your Own at Atelier in Los Angeles

Even after Happy Place hits the road, it won’t be the only joyous location in the city. Renting an apartment in downtown LA, like Atelier, puts a smile on residents’ faces daily, and there’s little wonder why.

Modern, luxurious conveniences come together with the most elegant living spaces to create a masterpiece in contemporary city dwelling. Be sure to check out this amazing edifice today, and find a “happy place” all your own.