Banksy's 'Dismaland' Trailer: "A Theme Park Like No Other"
"Is there something missing in your life? Do you need to get out more? Then stop what you're doing and come to the happiest place on Earth. This is a theme park like no other."
Banksy has released a suitably disenchanting trailer for the dystopian theme park Dismaland.
The British artist takes satirical aim at Disneyland with his latest project, which is billed as a "bemusement park" and "the U.K.'s most disappointing new visitor attraction" and features works from nearly 60 artists.
Among them: a decrepit version of Disney's classic Sleeping Beauty castle, a paparazzi-ridden crash scene of Cinderella and her carriage, and a warped model of The Little Mermaid's title character, plus a pool with tiny model boats full of refugees and a Grim Reaper sitting in a bumper car. Surly stewards wearing Mickey Mouse ears also are on hand to offer insincere-sounding welcomes.
"Is there something missing in your life? Do you need to get out more?" says a voiceover narrator as a bored family of four craves a slew of spectacle. "Then stop what you're doing and come to the happiest place on Earth. This is a theme park like no other."
The trailer continues to show more "attractions" like an abandoned library and a popular pocket money loans booth. "Dismaland, a place where all your dreams come true. So, what are you waiting for?" asks the voice, as the family heads back home in exhaustion.
The exhibition, which Banksy described as a "family theme park unsuitable for children," is his first in the U.K. since 2009's Banksy vs. Bristol Museum, which drew more than 300,000 visitors.
Dismaland is scheduled to run for five weeks, though the first week has been plagued by site crashes and long lines. However, people on social media already have speculated that these problems are deliberate and part of Banksy's attempt to create the most truly miserable theme park experience possible.
Watch the trailer below.