Stranger Things Experience LA is open and ready to welcome you to Hawkins, Indiana. This immersive pop up experience is located in Montebello near the 60 freeway. While there has been a good amount of Stranger Things pop up experiences that have comes to Los Angeles, this one is my favorite. I love that there are some fun photo ops but what really makes this a must do experience is the first part that puts you into the world of the show. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.
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Address: 1345 N Montebello Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640. There is plenty of free parking available at the venue for Stranger Things Experience LA.
Dates & Times: The experience goes through February. Wednesdays–Fridays: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
– Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets start at $39 but the pricing varies depending on the date and time selected. They have general tickets as well as VIP tickets. A VIP ticket includes 1 drink and a souvenir bag with a surprise inside. If you are going with a group of six or more people you can get tickets at a reduced price. Tickets can be purchased through Fever.
Upon arrival, you will be given a colored wristband and placed with a group to begin your experience with a sleep study at the Hawkins Lab. You cannot take photos and videos in part 1. You will have to work together with everyone in your group to escape the lab. This part was full of surprises for me and so much fun. I think the fact that you cannot take any photos or videos really helps keep the first part special.
I have to admit, I cannot handle haunted houses and this is nothing like that. There are one or two moments where a special effect made me jump or step back but it is not too scary. I just wanted to share that since I saw some people online thinking it was like a haunted house and too scary for them. Please don’t let that fear keep you from a fun experience.
Part 1 takes around 45 minutes but for part 2 you are in control of your timing. I would recommend allowing at least 90 minutes to 2 hours for the entire experience. Once you step into part 2 you are welcome to take as many photos and videos as you would like. There a multiple photo ops, plenty of cool merchandise, food and drinks for purchase, as well as arcade games.
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I love how unique this experience is compared to other pop up experiences that we currently have in LA. The attention to detail is spectacular and the effects in part 1 really blew me away. I got a fun mocktail, the Starcourt Special, but every drink I saw looked awesome so I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the choices. They have food for purchase from Surfer Boy and Scoops Ahoy. When you go to the Byers living room photo op try and hang around until Will speaks with the lights.
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With all of the fun photo ops, I would definitely recommend dressing in 80’s attire or in clothes related to the show. Amazon has some fun options. If I had a Scoops Ahoy costume I absolutely would have worn it. I really hope this gets extended as it is the best immersive experience we have in the LA area right now.
Right next door is the Dinos Alive exhibit which is a great family-friendly pop up experience.