Banksy’s Dismaland: Take A First Look Inside Nightmare Version Of Disneyland

If “Dismaland” sounds like a nightmare version of Disneyland to you, then you’d be right. The “bemusement” park is the work of notorious street artist Banksy, and the 2.5 acre site opens today in the UK. The secret project, which was unveiled Thursday and is located in the abandoned Tropicana swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, features theme-park attractions with a dark twist, along with work by Banksy and 50 other artists from around the world. “Dismaland” admission costs £3 and will run only for 5 weeks. The official brochure describes it in the following manner:

“Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well…This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.”

Dismaland is a nightmare version of Disneyland or a “family theme park unsuitable for children”

It was built secretly by street-artist Bansky over the Tropicana swimming pool in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare

“I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honour” said Banksy

“I guess you’d say it’s a theme park whose big theme is ‘theme parks should have bigger themes”

Both small and large works can be found on the site

The park will feature amusements with a dark twist, along with artwork by Banksy and 50 other artists from around the world

“I banned any imagery of Mickey Mouse from the site,” he said

“It’s a showcase for the best artists I could imagine”

Entering the park will require visitors to endure an oppressive screening process

Exiting “Dismaland” will also be difficult

Instead of getting your portrait sketched, you’ll have the option of having the back of your head drawn

Dismaland, “Contains uneven floor surfaces, extensive use of strobe lighting, imagery unsuitable for small children and swearing”

“The following are strictly prohibited in the Park: spray paint, marker pens, knives and legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation”

The official brochure states, “Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper”

“Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum”

“In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well”

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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