Pure Imagination?

They were sold an “immersive” Willy Wonka experience. What they got was a nightmare.

Picture this: it’s February vacation, and you’re just about to throw yourself off a bridge to avoid spending another day at home with your obnoxious children. You’re searching around desperately to find something—anything!—that could provide the least degree of distraction for your spawn, who are growing more restless by the day.

So you look around online and, wouldn’t you know it, there’s an “immersive Willy Wonka experience” being advertised. Well that should fit the bill, you think. What’s more kid-friendly than the Willy Wonka extended universe?

But the world of pure imagination that greeted a number of poor, unsuspecting Glaswegians required a little too much imagination for everyone’s taste.

As reported by the Guardian, a Willy Wonka event advertised using AI imagery left much to be desired last weekend. Police had to be called into the Glasgow event “after furious families who had spent hundreds of pounds on the Willy’s Chocolate Experience complained about the “awful” event that left children in tears and was abruptly cancelled midway through.”

The host of the event, an organization called “House of Illuminati,” used wildly misleading images and claimed the event was a tie-in to the Timothée Chalamet Wonka prequel that came out this December. But the actual happening, strangely titled “Willy’s Chocolate Event,” left much to be desired.

Basically, the event was nightmare fuel. Set in what seems to be an empty warehouse in Whiteinch, Glasgow, the event—priced at 35 British pounds per ticket—was essentially a repeat of Fyre Festival for the under-12 set.

Clearly the people in charge did their best to stay under budget ($5) and on deadline (3 days.) But to no avail.

Now there’s only one question on everyone’s mind…when and where will the documentary be streaming?

“We were told to hand the kids a couple of jelly beans and a quarter cup of lemonade at the end,” one performer told the Guardian in what is possibly the saddest sentence I’ve ever encountered in English.

More as this situation develops.

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