Banksy's Dismaland: Website Problems, Queues Plague "U.K.'s Most Disappointing New Visitor Attraction"

The irony seems to have been lost on some people.

Banksy's dystopian theme park Dismaland is living up to its name and creating misery for the people visiting or attempting to visit the "U.K.'s most disappointing new visitor attraction."

The BBC reports that demand for tickets to visit the theme park has overwhelmed the Dismaland website. The site crashed after receiving 6 million hits by Friday and as of Sunday the website was still down, with organizers posting a message that said:  

"We would like to apologize to anyone attempting to buy tickets online today. Due to unprecedented demand “the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction” is currently unable to process online ticket sales."

Tickets were available at the gate of the theme park-cum-satirical art piece, however huge queues formed almost immediately at the most talked about exhibition in the U.K. Many camped overnight to purchase tickets when the box office opened at 9 a.m. 

People on social media have already speculated that the website problems and huge queues are deliberate and part of Banksy's attempt to create the most truly miserable theme park experience possible. The artist has described Dismaland as a "family theme park unsuitable for children."


As well as work from the notorious British street artist, Dismaland also features work by more than 50 artists, including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer and Jimmy Cauty.

Located in Weston-Super-Mare in the west of England, Dismaland is open for five weeks only, closing Sept. 27.