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Inside Dismaland, Banksy's surreal amusement park

British graffiti artist and activist, Bansky, unveils his latest work, a full amusement park.

The infamous street artist says 'theme parks should have bigger themes'

Banksy's Dismaland bemusement park in the town of Weston-super-Mare is open now. (Toby Melville/Reuters/Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Behold "Dismaland", a theme-park-themed exhibit by British street artist and activist, Banksy.

Tourists walk past the entrance to 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

The "bemusement park" is built on the site of the derelict amusement park Tropicana, in the British seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.

It features work from Banksy and dozens of other artists, including Canadian Maskull Lasserre.

"I guess you'd say it's a theme park whose big theme is 'theme parks should have bigger themes," Banksy told the BBC.

There are some classic Banksy themes….

A mural is pictured at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
A visitor looks through a board at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
An installation is pictured at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

There's an installation that evokes the death of Princess Diana.

A sculpture is seen at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

And another that recalls the documentary Blackfish.

An installation is pictured at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

There are traditional theme park favourites like a carousel...

People ride a carousel at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Snacks...

A sign is pictured at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Overzealous security…

A performer checks a visitor at the entrance to 'Dismaland' , a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Disenchanted vendors…

A performer stands at a booth at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Even a contortionist…

General view at 'Dismaland', a theme park-styled art installation by British artist Banksy, at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, Britain, August 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

People are freaking out online.  

If you're planning your own visit, you better act quickly.

Dismaland is only open until September 27.  

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