Banksy’s Dismaland Is A Nightmare Version Of Disneyland

Published 9 years ago

Do you think that amusement parks aren’t that amusing? Then Banksy’s Dismaland (do you get the clever pun) is the place for you! The “family theme park unsuited for children”, is like a bizzaro version of the famous Disneyland. Mickey Mouse is banned from the premises, the floors are uneven, strobelights can cause seizures… There’s even a riot van turned into a water slide!

Banksy is the famous/notorious street artist from the UK. He’s known for his anti-authority stance and social issue works. Dismaland is his latest, secret project, located at Weston-super-Mare. It’s the location of the former Tropicana resort. “I loved the Tropicana as a kid, so getting to throw these doors open again is a real honor” said Banksy

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


Image source: Christopher Jobson

It’s a secret project by street-artist Bansky, built over the Tropicana swimming pool in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare


Image source: Christopher Jobson

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


Image source: Christopher Jobson

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


Image source: Yui Mok—PA Photos


Image source: Yui Mok—PA Photos

Works by Banksy and over 50 other artists from around the world can be found in the park


Image source: Christopher Jobson

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


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


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


Image source: Yui Mok—PA Photos

Exiting “Dismaland” won’t be easy either


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A sketch artist in the park will only sketch the back of your head


Image source: Christopher Jobson

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


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


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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”


Image source: Christopher Jobson

“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”


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


Image source: Yui Mok—PA Photos


Martynas Klimas

Writes like a mad dervish, rolls to dodge responsibility, might have bitten the Moon once.

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