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Banksy Dismaland trailer park pokes dark, subversive fun at Disney

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With August coming to a close and Labor Day around the corner, there’s just one more weekend on which to take a family vacation, making the new trailer for artist Banksy’s Dismaland theme park a timely advertisement for a getaway of the snarky, subversive variety.

The two-minute trailer for the “bemusement” park follows a picture-perfect family of four as they get into their perfect van and head out on the perfect family trip to Dismaland, where the quartet tours the park’s attractions, all characterized by Banksy’s sharply satirical jab at Disney iconography. With the Magical Castle in ruins, black balloons for sale, a decrepit Ferris wheel, and a look at Cinderella’s pumpkin coach as the victim of nasty hit-and-run (poor Cinderella!), it’s obvious that Dismaland isn’t your typical shiny, candy-coated theme park.

Billed as a “the happiest place on Earth” (an obvious jab at Disney’s signature slogan), Dismaland is the brainchild of British street artist-activist Banksy. Located in the town of Weston-super-Mare in England, the large-scale exhibit features the work of artists hailing from countries like Syria, the U.S. and Spain, and opened to the public on Aug. 22. Tickets for admission are currently on sale for £3 (less than $5), making Dismaland an affordable — albeit entirely unconventional — trip before summer’s end.

Check out the trailer for Dismaland below.



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