From Experiential Supply Co, the makers of Haunt O’ Ween Los Angeles, comes WonderLAnd, a Holiday Drive-Thru Adventure. Haunt O’ Ween has been redecorated to bring you countless more lights and festive decor to help you celebrate the holiday season. Located at the Promenade at Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills, you enter at Owensmouth and wind your way around to the line of cars waiting to experience their impressive display of lights. Even those driving past the event on Topanga and Oxnard will find themselves rubber-necking to get a good look.
Before we go into the details, we want to remind people that we are still within the thralls of a pandemic, and recommend people check out our article on ”If You Should Go Out” Here. In keeping with our promise within that article though, let’s talk about Is It Safe with regards to this event.
Guests are required to stay in their vehicles, and while ticket holders are allowed to lower their windows, masks are required by all passengers when the windows are lowered. Staff will also remain six feet from the vehicles at all times. As we’ve said before, as long as you are only riding with those you live with, this is a very safe and secure way to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. Now back to talking about the event’s features!
I am always impressed when I see a parking lot transformed into a completely different place. It indeed feels like a magical winter wonderland. Be sure you turn off your headlights before you enter the snowflake tunnel. The lights surround you and dance in sync with the festive electronic melodies. Make your way through the North Pole complete with polar bears, penguins, a gingerbread house, and Santa’s workshop. Then travel down a tree-lined village and Christmas tree lane, past a Nativity, and on to Christmas morning in the woods, where you may very likely see the largest Christmas tree of the year. They seem to check all the boxes off for every iconic Christmas image you could think of. They even make that extra effort to include houses representing other holidays that celebrate this time of year. Various actors interact with the sets and wave “Happy Holidays” as you pass by. You also see some displays of their sponsors like the Go-Big Show, Mello Dees, and Nickelodeon’s Jojo Siwa. End your ride with a stuffed holiday stocking delivered by one of the elves from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Be sure you stop and unlock your trunk so they can give it to you!
All in all, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable night. We waited about 10 minutes in line until we got to the entrance, and our drive through the event took about 20-25 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time with a little one in your lap. Her eyes lit up with wonder, and she was engaged the entire time, which is one reason I give this a big recommendation. Everywhere you look there is something to see and hear. This may very well be the most lights we see in one place this year, and everything looked beautifully crafted and put together. I was fascinated by the ornaments with the holograms inside (I’m still trying to figure out how they did that!) All the staff wore masks, some even had lights inside their masks – brilliant idea! They were all very helpful and generously displayed that genuine holiday cheer, which of course makes any experience a positive one. At $70 per vehicle, people are sure to cram as many as they can inside a car, making for an even more fun and lively experience. So don’t let that price tag dissuade you. It is Christmas after all, and we could all use some holiday cheer this time of year. Valley residents don’t have to travel too far, either, and you can experience a holiday event safely from your car at a nice 2-5 mph pace. Keep your windows down and masks on. Take your time, take it all in, and take as many photos and videos as you like. There are millions of lights, millions of smiles, and I’m excited to see what they do next year!
SoCal WonderLAnd runs from November 30th through December 23rd, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. Info, merch, and tickets can be found Here.