Banksy Spoofs Disneyland With Grotesque New Theme Park "Dismaland"

The surreal new theme park features a derelict castle, a crashed princess cart and a merry-go-round horse set to be eaten – all courtesy of Banksy.


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Banksy’s latest art installation is just like Disneyland – well, except being a little bit depressing and incredibly grotesque.

The mysterious English artist’s new project comes in the form of an eerie theme park called Dismaland, located in Weston-super-Mare, a seaside town not far away from Banksy's home city of Bristol, England.

Already dubbed as “the U.K.'s most disappointing new visitor attraction,” the Disney-inspired bemusement park is actually a five-week art exhibition that features work by several other street artists, including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty.

From creepy murals to controversial displays, Dismaland basically puts a dark twist to fairytales. In fact Banksy himself has described it as “a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.”

Sounds epic, right?

Apparently, the artist transformed an old swimming pool called the Tropicana into the dystopian wonderland so creepy that children aren’t even allowed inside.

Check out the images below to get a closer look at the park:

There’s a merry-go-around where horses are set to be slaughtered


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Cinderella’s crashed pumpkin cart


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There’s some controversy regarding this particular display, as most believe Cinderella spilling out of the crashed carriage echoes Princess Diana's death.

Model boats with stranded child refugees


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Haunted go-carts


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A woman being attacked by seagulls


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This derelict castle right out of your nightmares


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This incredible piece of art


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Here’s an aerial view of Dismaland


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Meanwhile, Banksy denies that Dismaland is just a dark, twisted parody of Disneyland – even though the similarity between the two is uncanny.

“It's not a swipe at Disney," he said in a press release. "I banned any imagery of Mickey Mouse from the site. It's a showcase for the best lineup of artists I could imagine, apart from the two who turned me down.”

Banksy’s biggest art project to-date, the theme park has been shrouded in secrecy for weeks. Locals were led to believe it was a film set for a Hollywood thriller, but now that it’s all out in the open…

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