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Drive-Thru Delirium at The Electric Mile

Published on Sun, Dec 13, 2020

By: Doug Stokes

The Electric Mile is a trippy, fully-immersive drive-thru light show in Arcadia, and is definitely worth a stop this holiday season.

Electric Mile
Electric Mile

For all of the information on the Electric Mile, and to purchase tickets, visit

NEWS FLASH: LA (well really Arcadia, which is sorta Pasadena Lite) goes full psyche-o-delic (!) (!) with a drive-through show that’s about as nut ball as it gets around here (except for the Rose Parade, which is REALLY a head trip!). 

And, you ask, what was your first clue? One might rightfully question. 

Well … ask yourself this: aside from attending any recent presidential campaign events and frat parties at law schools: when was the last time that you were asked to attest to something like this?:

Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19

The novel corona virus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. By entering the venue and/or the event, you (a) acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death, (b) voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expenses, of any kind (“Claims”), that you may experience or incur, and (c) hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless the venue, event promoter(s), vendor(s), and each of their respective parents, members, partners, affiliates, divisions, subsidiaries, and landlords and their respective officers, directors, and employees from Claims of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

Etcetera, etcetera, and so on…

As we all know, nearly every (save the people who put money in plexiglass futures a few years back) is looking forward to putting the visions of 2020 out of their lives ASAP.  Yes, have the perfect one mile thrill-ride for the New Year and it’s coming your way at Santa Anita Park (more famous for horse racing right at the moment) at the amazin’ low, one-time-only price of only $79.99 per mile (8 passengers per car max).

"Who the Hell is Pasquale Rotella, and why is he looking at me that way?"
"Who the Hell is Pasquale Rotella, and why is he looking at me that way?"

Even in the land where virtually everything is now drive-through like the big giant donut in La Puente (extra credit assignment: list all of the businesses and other stuff that now may be driven-through in Los Angeles and compare and contrast to your community's stay-in-your-car-for-service services there are in your neck of the woods) this adventure seems to stand out.


Explore the Insomniac Worlds on your voyage through Insomniac’s Electric Mile. Journey through seven unique worlds of Insomniac’s most iconic festivals and brands, including EDC, Beyond Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, and Countdown, complete with music, lights, art, visual effects, installations, and more in a COVID-friendly environment.

And you’re right … er … and you are right, this is a full-on, get-a-snoot-full and go for it stuff.   And it’s COVID-friendly to boot!

Our LACar suggestion for a night in the lights range from backing thorough to renting limo with an outdoor hot tub and reenacting the classic Newport (kinda of Pasadena but really loaded with loot nearer the ocean) Holiday Boat Parade which is one (if not the) most heavily alcohol-influenced events of the season around here.

Of course, going through whilst joining the ground floor version of the mile high club is always an attractive option, especially with a willing partner.  Full Monty?  Nah, too cold.  Other ideas range from renting the very smallest two-door car on the lot and bulking it up with the full compliment of eight passengers all of who must weigh in at 250 plus for the ride to challenging other cars to timed passages (blindfolded with driving instructions yelled out by the other 7 people in the car, who may or may not be under the influence … indeed!) through certain challenging parts of the course, to (and perhaps the most challenging of all) attempting the journey sitting in the back seat of a Tesla running on Autopilot.

As, by now, you are saying to yourself right now there have to be many (sort of creative) ways (besides the above) to traverse an attraction like this and LACar has an editorial plan to publish the very best of them in a subsequent issue, send your idea to [email protected].  Entries received with a cash donation to the LACar Editor’s Benevolent Fund will be given preference over any damn cheapskate’s suggestions.

Yes, no … you did not dream this up, LA Car really ran the above story. Have a good Holiday season … and, in the words of my dear, long-departed Aunt Francy: “… don’t let the bed-bugs bite!”  -DS (whoa … this is stranger than I thought)

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