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Banksy’s Dismaland: Take A First Look Inside Nightmare Version Of Disneyland
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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 theme park project, which was unveiled Thursday and is located in the abandoned Tropicana swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, features amusement park attractions with a dark, dystopian 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 this unique art manifesto 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 set in the dystopian future 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 street art 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, spray cans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.”

More info: dismaland.co.uk | banksy.co.uk  (h/t: colossal)

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

Both small and large works can be found on the site

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

Exiting “Dismaland” will also be difficult

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

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

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

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

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

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 credits: 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”

Image credits: Christopher Jobson

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

Image credits: Yui Mok—PA Photos

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MarkMcKenna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The 1,000th visitor gets a chicken. I want a chicken.

Yulia
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wish I could get to London to see this, it looks amazing. Pure art.

RobertHannent
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is no where near London, it is some hours away in Weston Super Mare near Bristol.

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MichelleAlbert
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly, I think I smell a slew of lawsuits coming on. I think this is pure brilliance though. I hope it will be very well documented for posterity as it's life span may well be limited. Pessimistic, albeit realistic.

Catherine
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yeah I bet Disney is rolling around on the floor squirming right now. But fuck them.

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LeeAnnaCrumley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Banksy is genius . I adore his work. Quite an interesting park. I wish I could be in time to see this reality.

彦琪朱
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well it's creative,but I think it is not suitable for children.For me,Disney is a beautiful dream in my mind ,to yet I don't want to destroy it.

Brittany Stettler
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It did say that it's not suitable for children. In fact, I doubt they let people under a certain age in at all.

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MaureenDaniels
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am simultaneously tremendously excited by this and angry and depressed that I won't get the chance to visit the short-lived attraction.

Kristin Jo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Do we know who Bansky is yet? Is there a pic of him yet?

Justin Watson
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seems like a lot of money to spend putting something together that's only going to run for a month

keenanwezensky
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if you exit through the gift shop...

Martin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This 'artists' is such a tiresome hypocrite, its hard to believe that this is a success for the same reason the Kardashians are.

D.ArtKang
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hmmm.. but you could see this crap all day in downtown around here...and it's even cheaper... except when you get mugged

AmoinaKatsky
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Considering a trip to Dismaland :D

KhoaLe
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'd love to see. My kind of dis-ney-land :))

Ellyn White
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The world is ugly enough right now. Why make it uglier?

Sanajah Rodriguez
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Need to find me a rich to pay my trip to london,,,lol j/k

Jesse Calamo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

End of every ride is a gift shop. only when you leave the gift shop you are in another gift shop. This goes on and on till you're eventually just beaten and stripped of all your cash then thrown from the park.

Taylor Hindman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder if you exit through the gift shop..

Melissa Miller
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How is this art? It's just obnoxious

AmyLemmer
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want a sweat shop version of its a small world

WandaSchneider
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes it's really cool, other times it's just plain weird. My favorite is the Gaza Kitten.

WandaSchneider
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sometimes really cool, other times really weird! My favorite is the Gaza Kitten.

Annie
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not fond of this Banksy you speak of. He mocks companies he hardly knows and insults the PM. I'm 11 but I'll like to see him be the PM.

DarrenDee
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Banksy Unmasked - A Dismaland Interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQPJfyVxNv8

JamesNowlan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

my Dismaland is even more phun! http://james-nowlan.deviantart.com/art/ISIS-vs-USMC-at-Dismaland-555702465

Mimi123
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

clever idea for halloween

rickhctep(Rick45)
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You must have a very busy mind, well done Banksy.

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are a lot of under-developed neighbourhoods and whole towns which look like this already, may be even better.

Martin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Maybe he could shove a ball of yarn up his ass and knits himself a bloody scarf.... whaaa? already done?

ClairePrice
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Banksy Rocks. Brilliant boost for Weston Super Mare !

HeidiMcqueen
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If i jad the money i would definitely go. It looks awesome!

SueSchou
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this would be an amazing trip....I love "strange" art.

GracelleRhea
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone had the good idea to give me a plane ride to UK?

SpencerWass
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beyond controversial and stimulating...A true showcase of what true higher intellect appreciates in this refreshing art-symposium a la Banksy

JudyDowney
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In one word...HORRIBLE! That's my opinion.

LuisRomero
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Slightly less run down than Thorpe Park

BomberGBFBI
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its all about believing and non-believing and to transport a social meaning. Nice and real heartful and In my oppinion correct statements, but I think, it will be not accepted as an educating park, but more similar to a entertaining park. Thats even the problem of our time: Any news will furtherhin switch to a entertainment.

LunaIndigo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ahhhhh man! I wish I could go to see it in person. It looks really awesome!

WalterVisser
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What do I think? I think this is nothing less than BRILLIANT!

LynnPacione-Holman
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I'd enjoy visiting it... except for the strobes. I can't do strobes. Migraines. >.<

DianaCovell
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GOTTA LOVE THE WHALE? COMING OUT OF THE TOILET!!!

DesireeNilsen
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Great creative artist , just the way the world needs today ,,hugs from norway

LyoneFein
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Science Fiction of the Blade Runner variety.

ValerieMarcotte
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love Banksy, collect images of his work on my computer, and am so happy to see the full extent of his quirky mind. I do hope the Disney lawyers stay away. They might come for the chicken, though.

oliviaheart
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i want one of those toilets ...

SuzanneHuijgen
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I am sure the artist is a Nirvana fan.

ElizabethThomas
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I used to work there, just where that dismal tent is, in a dismal sweetshop. That's what I think.

AdinaDolcan
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Raw contemporary art gallery

ThomasNorris
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Different; won't last long just a curiosity.

BriannaHansen
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If he's such an "artist", why can't this guy think up his own stuff and stop bashing on Disney?

RobertHannent
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He's using a theme park as a canvas for a commentary on society not mocking Disney particularly. Try to think a little deeper.

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MarkMcKenna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The 1,000th visitor gets a chicken. I want a chicken.

Yulia
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wish I could get to London to see this, it looks amazing. Pure art.

RobertHannent
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is no where near London, it is some hours away in Weston Super Mare near Bristol.

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MichelleAlbert
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sadly, I think I smell a slew of lawsuits coming on. I think this is pure brilliance though. I hope it will be very well documented for posterity as it's life span may well be limited. Pessimistic, albeit realistic.

Catherine
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yeah I bet Disney is rolling around on the floor squirming right now. But fuck them.

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LeeAnnaCrumley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Banksy is genius . I adore his work. Quite an interesting park. I wish I could be in time to see this reality.

彦琪朱
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well it's creative,but I think it is not suitable for children.For me,Disney is a beautiful dream in my mind ,to yet I don't want to destroy it.

Brittany Stettler
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It did say that it's not suitable for children. In fact, I doubt they let people under a certain age in at all.

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MaureenDaniels
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am simultaneously tremendously excited by this and angry and depressed that I won't get the chance to visit the short-lived attraction.

Kristin Jo
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