Enter Dismaland: Banksy’s New Disneyland Parody Brings Life to British Coastal Town

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The princess-to-be hangs from the window of her overturned carriage, with little sparrows attempting to lift her limp and presumably dead figure. Paparazzi snap photos of the scene. The crash is housed in a crumbling castle with dour attendants milling outside, saying “end-joy” to those who pass. There is no happy ending for Cinderella in this diorama.

The dark parody of Disneyland – aptly named Dismaland – is the latest project of British street artist Banksy. The famous ‘guerilla’ artist first appeared 20-years ago in the U.K., where his political and often provocative work quickly made him the biggest name in the international street-art scene.

His new “bemusement park” is housed in Tropicana, a disused swimming pool complex that juts out onto the beach in the English coastal town of Weston-super-Mare, which he used to visit as a child. “I hope everyone from Weston will take the opportunity to once…

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