Yes! Not kidding, there is a real-life Barbie experience in Los Angeles, California. However, it is a VERY limited-time pop-up. So, pay close attention. If you already have a trip to LA planned, you will want to fit this in. But if you do not, you might want to plan a trip to LA asap to include this limited-time Barbie experience!
Thank you to Nicole for taking these photos of me even though the lighting was awful in there!
TIP: If you’re on the fence about a trip to Los Angeles right now, you can pair the Barbie experience with the 100th Anniversary of Disney Animation at Disneyland. Win-win combo!
What is the Barbie Experience?
The Barbie experience has been many different things in several different cities over this summer. From Barbie’s Dreamhouse at Mall of America to Malibu Barbie Cafes in New York and Chicago, the wave of pink has taken the country (and probably the world) by storm! The particular experience I attended and am writing about in this post is The World of Barbie experience in Los Angeles.
The World of Barbie
At the very end of July, I took a trip to Santa Monica Place which is home to World of Barbie, aka the Barbie experience!
The cool thing is the experience lets you revisit Barbie dolls and accessories. All six decades of them! In addition, you can visit the iconic Dreamhouse, take a tour of her camper van, record your own song in the Barbie sound studio, and even “travel” to destinations aboard her Interstellar Rocket.
Now, let me give YOU a sneak peek into the World of Barbie and my interactive experience of a lifetime.
What to Expect at LA’s Barbie Experience
I feel like the answer to this question is a bit like opening Pandora’s box. 😂 Seriously, expect a lot of things. Expect a LOT of pink, crowds, lots of little girls, lots of big girls reminiscing about their years as little girls, several life-size exhibits, a “warm” environment 🙃, and a ton of fun!
Did I mention a LOT of pink? 💖
Things to See at LA’s Barbie Experience
For a pop-up that is supposed to take roughly an hour’s time, there are quite a few things to see and do at World of Barbie in Los Angeles. We were pleasantly surprised with the nice balance among life-size exhibits, photo opportunities, and museum archives. Keep reading to see the showcase!
Chilling in “Barbie’s Den”
Honestly, stepping into the Barbie Dreamhouse was like stepping into a Barbie museum. Technically, it is a museum dedicated to sixty years of Barbie and all her accomplishments spanning those years. And, I think we can all agree…Barbie is a talented girl who has done it all, hasn’t she? 😂
My favorite room was up first. Who wouldn’t want Barbie’s Dream Closet for their own? As the room’s name states…a girl can dream, can’t she? Barbie would say absolutely! 💕
We all know Barbie loves her Pool and it definitely shows. This is one of the most popular parts of the Dreamhouse and really the entire Barbie experience!
Taking a “dip” in Barbie’s pool
Expect a line for entry. Don’t worry, it moves fast and is monitored by employees. Also, expect to remove your shoes if you want to participate. However, participation isn’t mandatory and you can just move ahead into the theater if you want to skip. I will say, it’s super fun and makes a great photo opp!
Layin’ out Barbie style!
Oh, come on. You know if there’s a chance to take a “dip in the pool”, there is a chance to lay out Barbie style!
The wall says it all. Living the dream life!
Be Anything You Want
Ironically, as often as she is put into a box, Barbie’s message is “You can be anything”. Aka… “DON’T be put into a box”. There are several of these “boxes” to choose from so get ALL the photos and be anything you want!
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Barbie TV Studio
Be the weather girl, sit on the interview couch, and tour other behind-the-scenes experiences in the TV Studio as well as the nearby Sound Studio where you can have fun recording!
Who said you can’t blast off? 😱 The inside of Barbie’s Interstellar Rocket was pretty cool!
This full-sized Barbie DreamCamper was built courtesy of the world-famous West Coast Customs. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
We sat at the DreamCamper table. I posed (or tried to) in the hammock, and…
even took our turn at “driving”. I never have been good at driving gigantic vehicles! 🤷🏻♀️😁
The coolest part of the entire Barbie experience had to be the Museum. It had everything from all 60 years of Barbie. From the very FIRST Barbie in 1959 to the 2023 Lunar New Year Doll, it had so many treasures to take you down memory lane!
My favorites were seeing that Barbie’s second professional doll was a Registered Nurse (only second to Fashion Editor) as I am and Rosa Parks’ (from my home state of Alabama) role model doll! I also truly appreciated the “Most Diverse Doll Line” and the “New Body Type Barbies”.
And who doesn’t love ALLLLL the Barbie cars? 😍
Barbie Science Lab
Last but not least, we got our learning on in the Barbie Science Lab. I hear you Barbie. I had a lot of chemistry in my college years too!
Special Barbie Experience Extras
Try your hand at creating “Barbie hairstyles” in the Paul Mitchell salon. Guests can get an idea of Barbie’s favorite looks in this interactive experience. Subject to availability, guests can make appointments to have their hair done “Barbie style” by a Paul Mitchell stylist too!*
*Note: Due to the event closing soon, this may no longer be offered.
Sips After Sunset
On select nights (very few remain) after hours, you can dress up and have Sips After Sunset, the adults-only cocktail party in Sant Monica! That’s right, grab your friends and enjoy a “Pink Drink” or a “Malibu Sunset” off the menu while you experience World of Barbie at night!
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make the dates work for us but I would love to hear from anyone who did!
Admission to LA’s Barbie Experience
World of Barbie Dates & Ticket Access
This is the tricky part. There are only a few more weeks left to experience World of Barbie. So, act FAST if you are going to be in the LA area and even FASTER if you weren’t going to be in the LA area but you will be now! 💕
Find the remaining dates and times for August and September on the World of Barbie calendar.
Cost of LA’s Barbie Experience
There are all different types of pricing. General adult admission (13+) is around $45 while a child general admission ticket (ages 1-13) will run $35. Infants under 12 months are admitted free.
The anytime tickets average $8 more for adults and $5 more for kids. There are discounts for military, students, first responders, seniors, and groups (minimum of 6). Sips After Sunset and other special events are additional costs.
How to Get to World of Barbie
Located at 395 Santa Monica Place, World of Barbie is a block away from Third Street Promenade and only a couple blocks from the Santa Monica Pier in the heart of Santa Monica, California.
There are so many directions you could drive in from but suffice it to say, the main way is the 10 freeway getting off at Lincoln Boulevard.
Hotels Near the Barbie Experience in LA
Need accommodations? Check out these hotels that are close to World of Barbie!
Santa Monica Proper Hotel
Voted one of the top ten hotels in the greater Los Angeles area for 2023, the Santa Monica Proper Hotel is a complete 5-star luxury opportunity. Located only a few blocks from Santa Monica Place, this is the perfect place to relax after your Barbie experience!
With a location between Santa Monica Place and the gorgeous Pacific coastline, how can you go wrong with the Shore Hotel? Depending on time of year and the goings-on, this property could be considered luxury or mid-range. Or is luxury (price) AND mid-range (stars). 😉 Keep in mind that mid-range is definitely a relative term in LA! 🙃
HI Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel
I’m not typically a hostel fan except when the hostel features private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. HI Los Angeles Santa Monica Hostel features these plus the normal hostel options and garners excellent reviews. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms are around $50 depending on the time of year.
Tips for Visiting World of Barbie
Honestly, only a couple of these aren’t already common sense.
- World of Barbie is CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.
- The website states the experience takes approximately an hour. Realistically, with crowds and taking our time for photos, it took us (group of two) close to two hours.
- I highly recommend purchasing the “anytime” tickets. They cost a bit more but we could go on our chosen date whenever we wanted. This meant enjoying brunch prior and not feeling pressure to find parking or worrying about traffic.
- Traffic is ALWAYS a worry in Los Angeles. Whatever amount of time you think it will take, add 20-30 minutes for traffic and parking.
- Be careful with parking. Some of these pop-up lots will have a $15 advertisement. However, once you get in, they say it’s $15 for the *first* hour then $35 for two hours, and $50+ for three or more hours. This specific one did allow you to come back to “renew” your parking (should you only pay for 1-2 hours and need more time) but it just was a bit of false advertising. World of Barbie recommends Santa Monica Place parking structures 7 and 8 (free for the first 90 min but always subject to change).
- Leave big bags/backpacks at home.
- Wear light clothing as it is NOT well air-conditioned inside.
- Wear easy-to-remove shoes if you want to take a “dip” in the Barbie pool
- Wear PINK! It’s Barbie, hello!
- Please, HAVE FUN!
Additional Activities in LA
Looking for more things to do? Check out my LA itinerary guides!
And that’s a wrap! See? This Barbie experience was a perfectly pinking good time! It’s a definite bucket list item for all Barbie fans. However, you must act quickly as The World of Barbie in Los Angeles only runs through early September!
Where are my Barbie fans? Have any of you been to this Barbie experience in Los Angeles? If not, will you be adding it to your bucket list? Let me know below!
‘Til next time…