Banksy’s new theme park ‘Dismaland’ includes migrant boats and has fans flocking to Europe

Published August 23rd, 2015 - 10:30 GMT
Banksy's temporary theme park offers 4,000 tickets a day for 36 days. (
Banksy's temporary theme park offers 4,000 tickets a day for 36 days. (

Famed British street artist Banksy is most well-known in the Middle East for his political art that's appeared on the walls of the West Bank and Gaza. Now the man is aiming for a new kind of art — and while it's far more commercial, the statement is just as loud. 

Banksy fans may have already heard about Dismaland, the new British theme park that's made international headlines. The structure features a dead Disney princess, dilapidated castles and other disturbing landmarks that Banksy himself describes as "unsuitable for children."

Lots of the theme park focus more on a distortion of Disneyworld's fantasy; graffiti on the wall states, "Life isn't always a fairytale" in trademark Disney font. Banksy, though, insisted the work is more about showcasing the artists and not an insult to The Walt Disney Co., according to The Guardian.

A stark contrast is a pond featuring overly crowded miniature migrant boats and dead bodies in the water. In control of the boats are the visitors, as the migrant faces are permanently turned toward the person steering them. 

A reporter from The Independent described the experience as "deeply unsettling." What Banksy's trying to say with the boats, though, is open to interpretation.

Ironically, the theme park has his fans from around the world flocking to Europe to get a glimpse of his largest work yet, which opened Thursday. The temporary art project located in Somerset, England offers only 4,000 tickets a day for 36 days. It has fans going crazy over the tickets, rushing to the website that many say is a practical joke.

Here's a video of the park:


Banksy's Dismaland features migrant boats, dead princesses and the artist's trademark dark humour.Krishnan Guru Murthy went to see the family theme park described as "unsuitable for young children."…

Posted by Channel 4 News on Thursday, August 20, 2015

By Hayat Norimine

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