“ Store devoted to M&Ms „
When we decided to go to Las Vegas we were bombarded with recommendations of places to go by friends and colleagues who had already visited. One place which came up more than once was M&M's World, which was described by one (quite obviously insane) friend as being one of the best free things to do in Vegas. Although I made a mental note to make a visit, at no point did I actually ever question what M&M's World was! I'd seen a picture on a website somewhere of a building with a huge yellow M&M packet on the front and (wrongly) assumed it was some sort of amusement type place dedicated to M&M's chocolate. Perhaps that's why I was so disappointed...
M&M's World is located on Las Vegas Boulevard (AKA The Strip) towards the south end, opposite the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. It was easy to get to and of course the giant M&M packet and M&M characters on the front make it easy to spot.
As we entered M&M's World, we were greeted by what can only be described as the biggest selection of M&M branded tat I have ever seen in my life. Now don't get me wrong, I like M&M's (only the chocolate ones though, not the peanut ones!) - but never in my life have I felt the need to buy an M&M branded teapot, soap dispenser, bath towel, cup and saucer or for that matter any of the other products set out before me. Obviously though others did as we saw people carrying the distinctive yellow M&M shopping bags all throughout our stay.
I would love to tell you that the M&M gift shop was only confined to the ground floor of M&M World, however we had to endure three more floors of it. I was expecting that the other floors would offer something different, but no, not really. There are escalators and lifts up to the other floors and one thing I did find interesting was paintings of how the M&M characters have looked throughout the years which are painted onto the wall alongside the escalator. I hadn't realised they had been around since the 1960's, I thought they were an 80's or 90's thing.
On the subject of the characters, there are several places on each floor where you can have your photo taken with a large plastic M&M character. These are mocked up with different backgrounds, so you can for example have your photo taken in front of the Vegas sign whilst cuddling a huge plastic M&M, should that float your boat. We also on a separate occasion saw a person dressed as an M&M standing next to the entrance posing for photos with shoppers, I don't envy that job since it was 100 degrees outside.
Other than being a gift shop M&M World does have a few extra features I should mention. For example, you can see a short 3D film featuring the M&M characters on the third floor. We missed the showing when we were there, but obviously it is aimed more at children anyway and I seem to recall from the sign that it only lasts around 10 minutes. As well as the film, on the top floor of M&M World was an M&M sponsored NASCAR. I have no interest in NASCAR, but this certainly seemed popular and there were lots of photos being taken of it.
Aside from all the insanely overpriced plastic tat, M&M World does of course sell M&M's and the whole place has a rather chocolatey aroma to it, which is nice when you walk in, but nauseating after a while. There is a whole M&M wall on one floor, where you can fill a cup with a multitude of colours and flavours of your choice. You can of course then buy one of the many M&M dispensers located around the store to put them in too!
Another thing you can do at M&M world - which was one of its only redeeming features for me - was to make personalised M&M's. This is done at a kiosk where you can either write your own message or select an image from a range of clip-art to have printed onto the sweets. As we had just got married we thought it would be quite funny to make some personalised M&M's as thank you gifts. The kiosk is very easy to use, you simply choose four designs then print out a slip and take it to the till. We chose 'Thank You', our names and then clip art featuring the Vegas sign and two wedding rings. We were asked to choose a cup from four sizes (we chose the largest) and then had to fill it with M&M's of our colour choice. You then tip them into a machine which prints them with your designs. It wasn't cheap at $20 for the smallest and $50 for the largest cup, but I thought it made a unique, if somewhat tacky gift! The staff at M&M World were also really nice, the ladies at the counter noticed the designs we had chosen and wanted to know all about our wedding.
Although I was happy with our personalised M&M's (despite still not having fully recovered from the price tag on them!), on the whole I wasn't so impressed with M&M World. I think perhaps if it had more interactive features and less branded tat it might be more worth a visit, because really it's just like a giant gift shop at the moment with a few extras thrown in. I personally wouldn't go back and overall, I think I could only recommend M&M world to die hard M&M fans or those who want to fill their house with novelty chocolate themed items!
My daughter loves this candy its her favorite. Or should I say her one of many favorites. We have to make a visit to this little store of expensive treats. Thats right folks the prices are enough to make you have a heart attack.
The first time we stepped into this store I was overwhelmed as it was very close quarters and I felt a little squished with all the people and the displays so close to one another. There was after all so much that needed to be displayed. 4 floors in fact.
As we made our way up the floors on the esculator the throngs of people going up and down were amazing. I was having a hard time believing they could get that many people crammed into one little shop.
We got off at the floor that had the different colored M and M's in clear plastic tubes. It was heaven for my 5 year old daughter. As I realized and saw how expensive that this could be. I told my daughter I would help her get a few of each color that she wanted.
We started off in the pastels and worked our way around by the time we were done I had what felt like to me a normal large bag, you know the ones you get at the store that weigh about 16 ounces. I got a few other small things a pencil and an erasure for a little over a dollar.
We walked up to the register and placed our bag of candies on the scale and I almost had a heart attack when the price of all that we bought came up 42 dollars. I was speachless we had spent 40 dollars on candies. What was wrong with that picture.
As I said its a cute little place to go and visit just to say you did. You know stand around wait for the chance to take a picture next to the M's especially the green one. You can go upstairs and watch the free show that they offer but other wise go visit ans say you did. Then go and buy the candy at the regular store and seperate the colors your self its much cheaper that way.
If you're a fan of chocolate you need to be heading to M&Ms world!
We went to M&Ms World Las Vegas when we visited Vegas in November 2008. We were staying at the Signature MGM, which is part of the MGM Grand which is located almost right next door to M&Ms world - very dangerous when we were walking back to the hotel! A little snack would turn into a whole basket of M&Ms!
We went at the end of November and they had there Christmas decorations up in the store. Looking around I felt dissapointed as all I could see were M&M themed Christmas decorations...oh ok, so this is just the first floor!
There are 4 floors to this store, yes 4 floors! I know you are probably thinking how could they fill those 4 floors, well they manage!
Anything that you could possibly think of, bedding, tableware, toothbrushes, clothing, cuddly toys, pillows, the list is endless, and they have put the M&M theme to it!
My favourite part of the store is the wall of M&Ms. You can fill up a bag with a variety of different colours of these lovely little nuggets! Be careful though as you have to pull a lever and you sometimes get a lot more than you bargain for! Not a bad thing per say but this way of buying chocs was very expensive!
I really loved M&Ms World for the sheer - "oh my god" factor, with the size and the amount of merchandise.
The customer service was pretty poor though, no one was ever that friendly (apart from the guys dressed as huge M&Ms), and the place is very expensive, but this is definately a must see if you're on your way to Vegas!
We were walking down the Vegas strip when we saw a lady with a yellow bag saying M & Ms world. I got Dave to ask her where she had been and she told us it was over the other side of the strip and if we carried on walking we would find it. Well we found it and it was great. Not what I thought but still great. Here is why.
M & Ms world is not a factory tour or somewhere that you have to pay to enter, but it is a shop full of yummy M & Ms. It is located on the strip just down from the Hard Rock and MGM Grand if I remember correctly. Right in the centre of the strip which is a great location as it means if you are walking up and down you will not miss it.
From the outside you see massive M & Ms on a building and due to the vivid yellows and reds you cannot really miss it. Outside we also where we found an M & M so we had our picture taken with him.
Now M & Ms world is a shop and when I say shop it is no ordinary shop but it is 4 floors of the delicious chocolate. 1 floor is also very big and a shop all in itself so as you can imagine there is everything M & M branded you could possibly find here. There is a lift to take you up to all floors and there are stairs and escalators too.
Ok so there is a part in here which shows how M & Ms is made but it is very small. It is nice though as it is done in a fun way and has some of the machines showing you how to do it. You walk through it and it takes about 5 minutes if you are reading everything. I think this was in the corner of the second floor and it was signposted in the store so you could find it.
There is also a car on the top floor which is covered in M & Ms. Cue a model pose from me on the car and we left this. To say there is a car in the shop on one floor though does give you an idea of the sheer size of each floor. The car wasn't even a major feature it was tucked up in the corner which we found as we were looking around.
Ok so the shopping experience is great. I had my picture taken in front of huge plastic tubes full of different M & Ms ordered in colour. I was tempted to fill a bag of these but as I had already eaten a lot of chocolate that day I didn't get them. What I did get though was on offer that was 12 bags of chocolate for $2 which is so cheap so I did get these which lasted me a few days lol.
You can also get M & Ms dispensers, pencil cases and other stationary things. There is a huge section for children just to warn you as I can imagine if you take them by it you will be spending quite a bit of money. They have cuddly toys and all sorts.
The prices in the shop were not that bad and you can get souvenirs and all sorts. It ranges from about $1 - 100 so for all prices. We didn't buy that much to be honest as money issues but there is plenty to be had. They do great things like peanut butter M & Ms and Almond M & Ms and also strawberry peanut butter M & Ms which were very nice. We spent about half hour looking through each floor so you can get round it quite quickly.
In conclusion I think M & Ms world is great. I thought it would be a factory and we would have to pay to get in but it is a shop and free! Well worth a look around and especially if you want to get some unique ideas for gifts. Because of where it is on the strip you will be able to find it if you are in Vegas. I do believe they have one in New York too.
Thanks for reading.
Store devoted to M&Ms