Dismaland: Banksy’s Tragic Fairytale

If you were ever that kid who preferred “The Black Cauldron” to “Aladdin” or “Courage the Cowardly Dog” to shows like “Recess,” Graffiti artist, Banksy, has created a temporary theme park that just may be up your “not so happily-ever-after” alley.

Nestled in Weston-super-Mare, a seaside resort town in Somerset, England, Dismaland makes its depressing debut for a grand total of 5 weeks. Don’t know if it’s worth the trip out to the UK? Banksy describes it as “a family theme park unsuitable for children,” so take with that what you will.

Because pictures are worth 1000 words (and because I don’t think you would believe everything that I tell you this place is) here are some highlights and attractions you would find in what I’m sure would be in Walt Disney’s nightmares:

Photo Courtesy of BusinessInsider.com

Photo Courtesy of BusinessInsider.com

How about that customer service? What better way to start off your day than by a glum half-willed smirk with giant dismal words glooming in the background? Hey, at least she’s wearing bright pink. That’s sort of promising, I guess.

Photo courtesy of Artlyst.com

Photo courtesy of Artlyst.com

I feel like this should be one of those pictures that your Driver’s Ed teacher shows you to scare you out of ever feeling safe while driving. I also think there’s something to say for the fact that the photographers look like a freaking SWAT team. I guess that goes to show how unsafe pumpkins really are.

Photo courtesy of arrestedmotion.com

Photo courtesy of arrestedmotion.com

I actually think this a somewhat accurate representation of what a writer’s life feels like half the time. Granted, my room is a bit more well lit, but I have definitely made enough paper balls to make a small forest cry. However, I’d rather pay to be distracted by fireworks and dancing silverware; the realist approach is no fun.

Photo courtesy of thisiscolossol.com

Photo courtesy of thisiscolossol.com

This reminds me of a mixture of the playground at Sunnyside in Toy Story 3 with the giant fans from Teletubbies. If that isn’t trippy enough, there’s way too many eyes everywhere for this to seem normal. Definitely not my cup of tea.

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

Photo courtesy of nytimes.com

I don’t know if I find this cruel because one –  the shark is jumping out of a toilet, or two –  he’s landing in a kiddie pool with next to zero hope of fitting through the hula-hoop. Either way, he’s had a rough life.

Photo courtesy of thisiscolossal.com

Photo courtesy of thisiscolossal.com

You’ve never been on a carousel until you can ride a butchered horse upside down. Take that Disney. That being said, I think that particular horse might just be for decoration, but at least you get pseudo-Walt Whitman staring at you.

If you really can’t take anymore magic tea cup rides and thousands of small, sweaty children, then hustle your way to the UK, because this exhibition is only open through September 27th. However, if you prefer carousel rides without dead horses and butchers, you might just want to tag along with CAB and attend Disney World on fall break. Then you at least can see Mary Poppins feed the birds and not get attacked by them.

Banksy's Dismaland preview...A woman attacked by seagulls piece by Banksy, during the press view for the artist s biggest show to date, entitled 'Dismaland', at Tropicana in Western-super-Mare, Somerset. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 20, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Mary Pumper is a blog writer for CisternYard News. This is her first semester on the staff, but she has been actively writing, scribbling and drafting her whole life. She is a sophomore at the College, double-majoring in Theatre and English and could tell you nearly everything you need to know about her favorite author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mary is excited to be back in warm and rainy Charleston, but must warn you that "Winter is Coming".


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