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Banksy’s Dismaland: website crash, ticket farce, queues add to the ‘UK’s most disappointing tourist attraction’

Art and Design Banksy's Dismaland: Website Crash, Ticket Farce, Queues Add To The 'UK's Most Disappointing Tourist Attraction'

General view at ‘Dismaland’, a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy. Photo: TOBY MELVILLE

When Banksy shared images of his newest creation last week, Dismaland, a brutal satire of Disneyland, most got the joke and applauded it. Unsurprisingly, his fans wanted to share on the dystopian fun and visit the deliberately depressing tourism attraction at Weston-super-mare. Opening times and a ticket link was duly posted, the stage was set. Cue: phase two of Banksy’s cruel joke – an unsatisfying customer experience with “the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction” (as the “Bemusement” park’s own website calls itself1).

Banksy's Dismaland: Website Crash, Ticket Farce, Queues Add To The 'UK's Most Disappointing Tourist Attraction'

A performer holds a brochure for ‘Dismaland’, a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy. Photo: Reuters

Six million people clogged the website last week, none of whom managed to buy tickets, quickly crashing it. The website posted a message that it was “currently unable to process online ticket sales”.

Three days later the message was still there.

Then on opening day, Saturday, hundreds of people waited several hours to get inside, many posting disgruntled selfies on social media.

References

  1. ^ “Bemusement” park’s own website calls itself (www.dismaland.co.uk)

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