‘Electric Mile’


Brandon Chan, Staff Writer

Insomniac’s “Electric Mile” is a drive-thru audiovisual festival located at Arcadia’s Santa Anita Park (they’ve recently extended their stay through February). Since you will be in a car at all times during this experience, it is completely COVID safe during this pandemic. At Electric Mile, there are hundreds of art installations and 5 million lights extending over 180,000 linear feet, which makes this festival an immediate eye-catcher. It has been described as larger than life, combined with immersive production. 

“Going to Electric Mile with my family for the first time, I had high expectations based on what I have heard,” said senior Zachary Green. “And luckily, it did not disappoint. Because of this pandemic, we couldn’t go to any cool festivals, so this was a fantastic alternative.”

Electric Mile welcomes people of all ages, ranging from children to the elderly. Each car’s price of admission is $69.99 (eight people max), but it’s worth going with your family.

“We went to Electric Mile for my cousin’s birthday, so we took two cars,” said junior Johnathan Liu. “We decided on this place because of the reviews that we saw online. It was a great experience for a good amount of people and everyone enjoyed it. It can get crowded, so try to go at an earlier time to get in line first.”

There are seven unique Insomniac worlds, including Insomniac Roots, Nocturnal Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, Escape Halloween, Countdown, EDC, and Thank You Road. At the beginning of the drive-thru, while you wait to enter into the festival, there is music blasting with large screens that showcase Insomniac’s rich history. 

Additionally, there are lasers, disco balls, light up mushrooms, and a warehouse rave. At the end of the experience, you can purchase merchandise or miscellaneous items such as assorted candies, light batons, diffraction glasses, sticker packers, lapel pins, and souvenir cups. 

“My favorite Insomniac world was definitely the Escape Halloween one,” said senior Emme Chen. “It was the most creative and the Halloween theme really put it over the top for me. However, with that being said, every insomniac world was a fun experience and I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Make sure to pack some snacks, food, and drinks as well. ”

Electric Mile is an attraction that has brightened up the beginning of the new year. Hopefully, you get a chance to visit because it is definitely a memorable experience. 


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