Banksy's Dismaland lives down to its name

Website crashing, long queues and grumpy staff are all part of the experience

By Liz Bautista | Published: 24 Aug 2015

Banksy's Dismaland
Photo: DismalandWSM/Twitter

Artist Banksy just created a tourist attraction to match our Mondays. Called Dismaland, it is a depressing version of Disneyland, with its grumpy actors staff, distorted Little Mermaid sculpture, rundown castle and remote-control migrant boat, to name a few of the must-see features.

But apparently it wasn't just the attractions that were purposely depressing. The park's website crashed on Friday, a "locals only" free ticket day, after receiving six million hits. With the site down, the park asked people to purchase tickets at the venue in Weston-super-Mare, which was also not without drama. Visitors had to queue for around four hours in bad weather according to the BBC, all of which had them wondering if it was all part of the British artist's plan.

Of course, the daunting prologue is worth it once you step inside the 10,200sqf attraction, which is not only home to Banksy's art but has works from artists around the world, from Damien Hirst (UK) to Neta Harari Navon (Israel) and Tammam Azzam (Syria). There will also be performances every Friday evening (Kate Tempest, Pussy Riot and Massive Attack are playing on 25 September) and DJ sets every Saturday night. Not too bad, innit?

General tickets will go on sale online again this Tuesday, although we've noticed actors Nicholas Hoult and Joe Dempsie have already made their rounds: 



A photo posted by Joe Dempsie (@josephdempsie) on



A photo posted by Joe Dempsie (@josephdempsie) on

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