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Banksy’s “Dismaland” mocks the classic Disney theme park

Hannah Lederman - Staff Writer, Photo courtesy of Google Images

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On Aug. 22, famously acclaimed artist Banksy opened Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare, England. Dismaland is a sinister version of Disneyland; this “Bemusement Park” is not suitable for young children. Sixty artists took part in this project to poke fun at the realities occurring around the world today. The park was created to showcase current hypocrisies and irony, offering horrific images that would scar any Disney lover.

Throughout the 2.5-acre park, there is a profuse amount of disturbing yet realistic images and attractions that feature classic Disney scenes turned dark and creepy. Banksy gives these usually joyful Disney moments a realistic, traumatizing depiction.

“I believe his exhibit is morbid,” said senior Liam Bonniot. “However, at the same
time, it is beautiful in its own way.”

One of the exhibits that is featured includes a tipped-over horse drawn carriage that contains a dead Princess Cinderella and two diseased horses. While walking
around Dismaland, one will see employees dressed in black and holding balloons that read “I am an imbecile.” Other attractions include a Shamu figure emerging from a toilet with no audience present to watch the “performance,” and a “selfie hole” cut out of a blank white wall.

Tickets to Banksy’s Dismaland are only $5 and the display is open from Aug. 22 until Sept. 27. The park stays open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Better fly to England while the exhibit is still available!

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