Gumdrops and lollipops were the things of dreams back in the day. As a kid, most of us probably fantasized about the biting off a gumdrop from a tree after playing a certain candy-themed board game. This crazy candy and sweets themed mansion in Florida brings Candyland to life.
Disney isn't the only happy place in Central Florida - the Sweet Escape and its magical candy wonderland theme is over the top SWEET!
The entire Mansion can sleep up to 52 people across 10 bedrooms. It also boasts 2 kitchens, 3 living rooms, and several porches and decks. All rooms have some form of candy theme, from the Life Savers to the Bubblegum to Hershey's, Coke, and Pepsi too - even the BATHROOMS have themes.
One room has a ball pit in it, and another has a cotton candy machine too!
But this Candyland rental is so much more than just a themed home. You practically have a full at home theme park, water park, and entertainment center right on site. You can see a movie at the poolside theater, swim in an ice cream shaped pool or de-stress in the connected "cherry-on-top" hot tub.
If you're a fan of videogames, head to the Bubble Gum Gaming Lounge or to the arcade, where you can do everything from retro gaming classics like pinball and Ms. Pacman to racing games, hoop shooter and more. You can even play laser tag inside or mini-golf outside!
Boardgame fanatics can play a game of giant chess or travel through the gumdrop forest on a giant Candyland, where you and your family and friends are the game pieces - like walking nostalgia if you played the board game as a kid.
They don't call this place The Sweet Escape for nothing - it's literally as sweet as it gets. The list of entertainment in this massive candy mansion caters to everyone, including other options like an indoor sauna and ice cream social themed karaoke lounge.
Renting this place wouldn't be so sweet on your pocketbook alone. It's anywhere between $995 & $2085 per night depending on whether you're in peak rental season when you book; they also charge a fully refundable $1500 security deposit, with a minimum 3-night stay required.
But it might actually be pretty affordable if you split between the full 52 people it can sleep. Better start calling every friend you've got in your phone!
If you were to rent this property for the week of August 8th-11th, their rate calculator estimates a total cost of $6006.21, split evenly 52 ways, that's only $115.50 each person. If you and your 52 friends planned for this in advance, you could totally each save up your portion!
If you don't think you even know 52 people to rent this place out for a weekend, you can actually tour the property for a non-refundable fee of $265 - and if you decide to book after touring, they'll put that $200 towards your booking fees. It might actually be worth it to check it out, even if you don't book!
Whether you decide to book or simply tour, The Sweet Escape Candy Mansion is a literal sweet escape that you'd never forget.
The Sweet Escape Mansion
Location: Orlando - address provided upon booking.
Why you need to go: A literal real-life Candyland theme park, waterpark, gaming lounge, theater, and vacation rental all in one. There's nothing else quite like this in the entire Sunshine State, and it's surprisingly affordable if you split it between the full 52 that it can sleep, an average nightly cost of $100 per person. A true sweet escape!