Inside the 'Disneyland of gas stations,' a 27,000-square-foot, candy-filled roadside attraction in California

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EddieWorld gas station is in Yermo, California. Molly O'Brien for Insider
  • I visited EddieWorld gas station in California, and it's a must-see roadside attraction.

  • On top of pumps and clean restrooms, the station has a huge selection of candy and real food.

  • It's also full of fun decor items like mosaic pillars and has a 65-foot ice-cream sundae mascot.

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EddieWorld is like no other gas station in the US Southwest.

Dubbed the "Disneyland of gas stations" by owner Alex Ringle, the roadside attraction off Interstate 15 between California and Nevada opened in early 2018 and offers everything you need to achieve road-trip bliss.

The pit stop's 27,000-square-foot store stocks its shelves with snacks, toys, and other essentials alongside funky decor pieces.

Read on to see what it's really like inside EddieWorld.

It has the hallmarks of a great gas station: plenty of pumps and clean bathrooms

First and foremost, the station has 26 "fueling islands" (gas pumps), 18 Tesla supercharging stations, and six ChargePoint DC fast chargers for electric vehicles.

That means you probably won't have to wait long for fuel and can spend that much more time wandering the aisles of toys and treats.

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The bathroom stalls are adorned with quirky signs. Molly O'Brien for Insider

EddieWorld also prides itself on its facilities, which are equally important for a quick road-trip stop.

The bathrooms have an abundance of stalls, and they were spotlessly clean - seriously, it was like no other gas-station restroom I've ever been to.

Once your car is ready, you can fill up on a variety of fresh food options or classic snacks

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The gas station has its own executive chef. Molly O'Brien for Insider

If you're seeking "real food" on the road, EddieWorld's executive chef developed a menu of sandwiches, salads, sushi, hand-breaded chicken tenders, burgers, fries, and pizzas that can all be ready in under two minutes.

Sushi in the middle of the desert might not be appealing to everyone, but reviewers on Yelp say it's pretty tasty.

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You can get a scoop of homemade ice cream for the road. Molly O'Brien for Insider

The station also has a counter that serves homemade ice cream, a Peet's coffee shop, and a fresh popcorn bar.

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There are snack options from around the globe. Molly O'Brien for Insider

If you're craving a more traditional grab-and-go snack, there are also plenty of flavored jerkies, nostalgic brands, and unique treats from around the world.

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There are plenty of hot sauces to choose from. Molly O'Brien for Insider

There's even a display featuring dozens of hot sauces if you're looking for a unique souvenir to take home.

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The beverage station has great options for a hot day driving through the desert. Molly O'Brien for Insider

Finally, the cold beverage spot - which is much needed in the middle of the desert - offers frozen-ice flavors like lemonade, blue raspberry, orange, and strawberry that can be mixed and matched.

There's also a standard fountain soda machine.

On top of all the snacks, EddieWorld is famous for its colorful selections of candy and toys

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The candy selection at EddieWorld is unmatched. Molly O'Brien for Insider

Strolling the aisles of EddieWorld, I explored more bags of candy than I have since I was 10 years old and had the opportunity to visit a literal "candy mansion."

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There are some unique candy offerings in the shop. Molly O'Brien for Insider

The shelves are full of standard chocolates and caramels, but there's also a selection of harder-to-find candies, like Boston Baked Beans, gummy sharks, and huge jawbreakers.

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EddieWorld's mascot is a giant ice-cream sundae. Molly O'Brien for Insider

The candy and sweets are a major part of the station's theming, too.

It's hard to miss the stop on Interstate 15 with the 65-foot ice-cream sundae mascot sitting outside

It can apparently be seen for 2 miles in either direction, and the cherry on top lights up as a beacon for those who need to fuel their cars or their sugar cravings.

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The shop has its own stuffed animals. Molly O'Brien for Insider

If your kids need a different kind of pick-me-up on a long road trip, the station also sells toys, games, DVDs, and signature EddieWorld stuffed animals to keep them entertained once their sugar highs crash.

The station is good for more than just roadside treats - tourists can spend time looking at unique decor

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There's a bit of Lakers history on display in the station. Molly O'Brien for Insider

On top of being a road-trip haven for gas and snacks, EddieWorld is full of unique decor items that make the station feel like a real roadside attraction.

Behind the hot-sauce display, Los Angeles Lakers fans will find a piece of the original, historic hardwood floor from the Great Western Forum, where the team used to play, as well as memorabilia like jerseys and photos.

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The interior is highly decorated. Molly O'Brien for Insider

There are also several mosaic-tiled pillars in reds, greens, blues, and yellows that offer a sense of quirky artistry and blend in well with all the colorful candy on display.

EddieWorld is definitely worth the stop if you're cruising down Interstate 15

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EddieWorld is the ideal road-trip stop. Molly O'Brien for Insider

EddieWorld is a quirky, must-see roadside destination for anyone passing through Yermo, California.

I can definitely see why it's been casually coined the "Disneyland of gas stations'' - not because it had big crowds or long lines, but because of its Disneyland-level selection of snacks, candy, toys, and amusement.

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