29 photos from Banksy's twisted 'Dismaland' theme park

It's not exactly family friendly

Don't bring the kids!
Of all the world's dodgy amusement parks, "Dismaland" might be the best.

Don't bring the kids, though. With Cinderella's corpse (coach crash) and an elderly woman being devoured by birds, it's not exactly family friendly.

The "bemusement park," which opened Thursday, is described by its mysterious street artist creator, Banksy, as "a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism."

Dismaland is located in the English town of Weston-super-mare in a disused swimming facility.

According to the park's droll website, legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation are strictly prohibited from entering.

The photos below, taken by Toby Melville for Reuters, show the grim site in all its dystopic, grisly glory.

British artist Banksy has been doing street art all over the world for more than 20 years, but his identity remains a mystery.

A performer is pictured at the TSA-style entrance to Dismaland.

From the time you enter to the time you leave, the whole park is filled with twisted humor.

Visitors should expect a thorough pat-down to gain access to the park.

The park is located on beachfront property in a deserted lido pool.

Many of the art pieces are sharp critiques on modern amusement. This one appears to take a shot at Sea World, which was ripped apart by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish."

Apathetic attendants wear safety vests and mouse ear hats while telling guests to "end joy" the attractions. Here's one showing off the park's terrifying brochures.

This installation, called "Big Rig Jig," depicts two oil trucks entwined in a frantic dance.

Banksy's street art is scattered throughout the park.

A garish carousel is running, but something isn't quite right about it.

Many of the murals are politically charged.

Cinderella's coach has crashed outside her grungy castle, making quite a scene.

A mural decrying economic inequality hangs precariously above an overgrown lagoon.

A sculpture of a woman is engulfed by seagulls, a reference to the increasingly aggressive gulls of the English coast that recently made the news.

This not-so-happy sandbox is right next to a loan office offering a 5,000% interest rate.

A closer look at the loan office's signage.

This smiling portrait of British Prime Minister David Cameron looks down from a damaged billboard next to an outdoor film screening.

The rickety Ferris wheel offers an aerial view of the park and its surrounding area.

A gloomy castle that looks like it's seen better days towers over the other attractions.

This bored attendant sits next to the "Punch and Judy" puppet show while an armored police vehicle rusts in the lagoon behind.

Another indifferent staff member stands watch near a toilet paper picnic table.

The dingy expanse of concrete and asphalt adds to the park's state of disrepair.

The "Topple the Anvil" game requires a strong hand.

The park includes galleries facetiously billed as, "The finest collection of contemporary art ever assembled in a North Somerset seaside town," which include installations and pieces by well known artists.

The art furthers the park's sarcastic take on consumerism and amusement.

There are many dark sculptural pieces as well.

This work portraying a boat of refugees, plus one floating in the water, is a comment on Europe's refugee crisis.

Tempting... but then again, maybe not.

The pop-up park and exhibition will be open until September 27, with tickets costing £3 or $4.70.


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