If you somehow managed to raise a kid who was unaffected by last week’s collective nerdgasm over Disney’s announcement that it would give over large swaths of its theme parks to Star Wars-themed rides and landscapes, congratulations. You and your brood have achieved peak disaffected hipsterism — also, your timing is good because the British street artist Banksy just unveiled a theme park of his own that your kid will love.
Dubbed a “bemusement park,” Dismaland is built on the site of an abandoned amusement park in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare, about 3 hours west of London. It features works by over 50 artists, including 10 new pieces by Banksy himself (herself?), and includes gems like a bumper car ride populated by a lone Grim Reaper listening to “Staying Alive,” an overturned pumpkin carriage that appears to be a hit-and-run on poor Cinderella, and a dilapidated castle bearing close enough resemblance to Uncle Walt’s own creation to probably warrant legal action on Disney’s part.
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The artist, who apparently grew up nearby and remembers the site’s original park fondly, says “I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once more stand in a puddle of murky water, eating cold chips to the sound of crying children.”
If you couldn’t agree more (and, really, how couldn’t you?), you have 6 weeks to get the family to Britain and experience Dismaland for yourselves. If you miss out, you’ll have to wait until at least 2017 to visit a far less authentic hive of scum and villainy at your local Disneyworld/land.