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Namitha Alluri

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Imagine jumping off a rainbow straight into a pot of “gold” (aka hundreds of yellow balls). Or picture being surrounded by larger than life installations, such as seven-foot stilettos made of a million candies. What about visiting the world’s largest confetti dome?

Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit, hosts all of these fabulous installations.

Happy Place recently hosted its opening day in Boston April 5 on 500 Boylston Street. The event started in Los Angeles and throughout the years has spread to cities like Chicago, Toronto, and recently Boston.

This year, Happy Place is staying in Boston from April 5 to June 2 and it is open every day from 11 to 8, except for Tuesdays.

The exhibit, covering about 13,000 square feet, is home to twelve different rooms and hallways which each host its own attraction. Some rooms even have complimentary food that matches the theme of the room.

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The upside down room. 

According to its website, “[Happy Place] Guests travel through each of the unique rooms guided by a team of specially selected and trained Happy People.”

The Happy Place pop-up in Boston features “multi-sensory immersive rooms,” including a giant rubber-ducky tub, a a cookie-themed room that even smells like cookies, a room filled with a multitude of flowers hanging from the ceiling, and my personal favorite, an upside down bedroom.

Attracting over 500,000 visitors in its LA pop-up, the “interactive experiences’ main mission is to spread happiness to all its guests,” according to its website.

“We’re very open and direct about the fact that Happy Place is a themed immersive experience designed to help you escape for a very short time and immerse yourself in happiness… we wanted it to smell happy and look happy and taste happy and seem happy,” said Paul, quoted in an article by Sam Eichner, writer for UrbanDaddy magazine.

The pop-up is stocked with “no fewer than 400 pieces of professional lighting equipment,” according to Boston Magazine.

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The bubble gum room. 

In fact, because of the impressive features, inevitable smiles, and perfect lighting, UrbanDaddy acclaims Happy Place as the as “the most Instagrammable pop-up in America.”

“Designed by and for a generation hopelessly addicted to likes and favs,” as Wired magazine deems it. ‘Capture Your Happy’ for social media is highly encouraged.

“I do believe that if you had absolutely no interest in taking a photo in Happy Place you would be able to have an amazing experience there,” said Paul for Boston Magazine.

Though Paul felt as though the event could be enjoyable without a phone, I personally feel that it would get boring pretty soon. The first experience – meaning looking around each room at first, could take up a few minutes, but after looking around, I wouldn’t have anything to do.

The event is dedicated to people glamming up their instagrams, draining phone batteries, and taking up icloud storage – and provides the laughter, smiles, and fun that comes along with taking the perfect picture.

While I was at Happy Place, I observed that opening day consisted of mostly young adults – many college students, a few high school students, and the rest, parents to accompany their students.

Regardless if there was either a regular phone or a high tech camera in the hands of guests, pictures were being taken social media was being updating constantly.

I find it depressing how badly our generation is addicted to social media, and in turn, taking pictures, that businesses can create a place in which guests have to pay to take pictures of a artificial room, instead of utilizing natural beauties around them.

But then again, who doesn’t love a photoshoot with friends once in a while – and documenting those pictures on social media? I, for one, did in fact, took advantage of the unique backgrounds and clicked an array of pictures.

Nevertheless, the pop-up has become so popular that American music producer Marshmello and British singer Anne-Marie filmed their music video for Friends, which has more than 450 million views, in the Los Angeles stop.

In addition, according to its website, celebrities like “Adele, Kourtney Kardashian, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Washington, Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Travis Barker, Hilary Duff, JoJo Siwa, and Sarah Michelle Gellar” have all visited and embraced Happy Place.

Maybe because I went on opening day, or because the Happy Place is indeed very popular, there were many, many people at the event, and in turn, long, long lines.

Because of this, guests were rushed through each attraction – some not even getting a full chance to experience and take pictures.

For my experience, when my friends and I finally got to the front of the line for the rainbow jump, we all had to go together, instead of alone like we’d wanted – all because the event coordinators had become overwhelmed with the amount of people in the line and started rushing everyone to be done.

Also, due to its popularity, the event requires tickets to be purchased beforehand on its official website, Tickets for Happy Place – BOSTON in Boston from ShowClix.

Though different on specific days, the average prices of tickets are as follows: $35.00 for general admission (people 13 years of age and older), $25.00 for kids general admission (children ages 4-12), and kids ages 3 and under are free.

The event also includes unique packages. For packs of four (groups of multiples of four), the price for each person is reduced to $30.00 and group with over 10 people, the tickets cost $31.25.

Even though the event seemed designed for instagram, it was an experience unlike any other. Whether it be the fact that I was surrounded with my friends, or if the place was really “happiness induced,” my evening at happy place was a great one.

Even though the event seemed designed for Instagram, it was an experience unlike any other. Who doesn’t love a photoshoot with friends?

As the website notes, “Happy Place is created for an audience of all ages. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, but if you’re old enough to smile, you belong inside.”

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