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Banksy unveils advert for his delightfully dark Disneyland

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It looks like Disneyland, but the castle is derelict, Cinderella's carriage has crashed and unicorns are strictly not permitted on site. 

The doors to Banksy's latest secret project, a pop-up exhibition called Dismaland, opened last week in Somerset town Weston-super-Mare to a rapturous reception, with queues of eager art fans winding outside the building.

Now for anyone who is yet to get a ticket or unable to visit the park, Banksy has released a promotional trailer and it's a suitably sinister twist on the Disney's amusement park adverts.

The two-minute video begins with a family eating breakfast in a semi-detached house. A narrator says: “Is there something missing in your life? Then stop what you're doing and come to the happiest place on Earth.”

While it looks like an abandoned and dilapidated amusement park situated in a derelict seafront Lido, it is in fact a carefully constructed, fantasy-inspired mess by the English graffiti icon.

There are ten new works by Banksy in the show set on a 2.5-acre site, including the burnt pink castle which is fit with installations on the inside and a distorted statue of Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Visitors can also expect to see 50 other works by international artists including Damien Hirst. He's created a beach ball which hovers above a sea of blades.

Much like a typical funfair ground, there are game stools where you can win jewellery instead of cuddly toys and an illustrator who draws the back of your head instead of typical caricatures. 

Last week, journalists were granted access to the site and they described passing through security checks looking for guns, grenades and unicorns, which can also be seen in the trailer above. 

A stream of photos have also been shared on the exhibition's official Instagram page. Get a glimpse into the sinister world of Dismaland below.

The derelict doors to the theme park

The derelict doors to the theme park

Cool pic by @westonserame dismaland by night! #dismaland #dismalandpark #banksy

A photo posted by Dismaland Park (@dismaland_park) on

#Dismaland #banksy

A photo posted by Dismaland Park (@dismaland_park) on

Cinderella's pumpkin carriage crashes after being chased by paparazzi

Cinderella's pumpkin carriage crashes after being chased by paparazzi

The iconic pink castle is burnt and stained

The iconic pink castle is burnt and stained

A subtly sinister carousel

A subtly sinister carousel

A new Banksy sculpture of a woman being attacked by seagulls

A new Banksy sculpture of a woman being attacked by seagulls

Security holds balloons that read: "I am an imbecile"

Security holds balloons that read: "I am an imbecile"

A ferris wheel stands next to a police van

A ferris wheel stands next to a police van

The hotdog stand comes with a message

The hotdog stand comes with a message

A sculpture made from trucks

A sculpture made from trucks

A whale jumps from a toilet basin

A whale jumps from a toilet basin

#Dismaland #banksy pic by @scotthove

A photo posted by Dismaland Park (@dismaland_park) on

A sign at Dismaland

A sign at Dismaland

Bumper cars are ridden by skeletons

Bumper cars are ridden by skeletons

A bird's eye view of the grounds

A bird's eye view of the grounds

The exhibition is open everyday from 22 August to  27 September, 11am – 11pm. Tickets are now on sale for the next seven days and cost £3 per person. Visit dismaland.co.uk.

Images: Instagram @jbprpics@dismaland_park

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