Family vacation at Disney World looking a little too cheerful?
Consider a trip to Dismaland in the U.K. a shadowy pop-up exhibition believed to be created by graffiti artist and political activist Banksy.
According to the Bristol Post, the park, billed as a sinister version of Disneyland, sits on over 10,000 square feet that of land that’s been abandoned since 2000. The park reportedly contains a light pink—but very run down looking—version of Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, a large metal horse sculpture, a giant frayed pinwheel and various other sculptures.
Speculation about the twisted theme park have been rife since the area was closed off earlier this summer with notices alerting passersby that Hollywood’s Atlas Entertainment production company would be filming a crime thriller called Grey Fox there. But no cameras or crew have been spotted on the site.
Earlier this month, Banksy manager Holly Cushing, who also served as an executive producer on “Exit Through the Gift Shop”—a film about the artist—was reportedly at the construction site talking to security members. Financial records from May 1 also indicate Cushing set up a company, Dismaland Ltd with Simon Durban, believed to be Bansky’s accountant.
The park, in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, is reportedly expected to open to the public Friday, Aug. 21.
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The name Dismaland first appeared in a work of Banksy’s graffiti art in 2012 featuring Mickey Mouse and the words “Life isn’t always a fairytale” in Disney’s signature script.
But this isn’t the first time the controversial artist has trolled the Walt Disney company.
In 2006, the artist was able to set up a lifesize inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainee with an orange jumpsuit, black hood and handcuffs for in the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Banksy said at the time “the stunt was intended to highlight the plight of terror suspects at the controversial detention center in Cuba.” Park officials removed the display after 90 minutes.