Twitter is Having a Ball with the Spectacularly Terrible ‘Glasgow Willy Wonka Experience’

Twitter is Having a Ball with the Spectacularly Terrible ‘Glasgow Willy Wonka Experience’

Wonka may have brought renewed interest in the world of Roald Dahl back in December, so it was only a matter of time before anyone else tried to bank in on the IP any way they can. Unfortunately, for the people of Glasgow, they got the poorly executed Willy Wonka Experience.

CNN reports that families in Glasgow, Scotland were met with a huge amount of disappointment when they paid for tickets to what was being marketed as a Wonka-inspired event complete with ‘extraordinary props’ and ‘optical marvels’—only to be met with a poorly decorated warehouse, and a handout of a quarter-cup lemonade and a jelly bean.

A ticket was said to be worth around £35 ($44) and was marketed with AI-generated images of a magical candyland (which was far from what the attendees got):

For now, the internet is having fun picking apart all of the terrible things to come out of the event including lazily printed tarps, an Oompa Loompa meth lab, and an ‘original’ creation called The Unknown—an ‘evil’ chocolate maker who lives in the walls of Wonka’s factory.

Even the actors who were hired for the event have started telling their horror stories with the organizers. The ‘sad Oompa Loompa’ actress had even said that she started having to ration the jelly beans for the kids:

And the actor who played Willy Wonka said that he was told to memorize an AI-generated script full of new lore for the place:

For now, House of Illuminati, the group that organized the event, has issued an apology. They said:

“Today has been a stressful and frustrating day for many and for that we are truly sorry… This was an event gone wrong… The house of illuminati will NOT be holding any other event in the foreseeable future.”

For now, Twitter is just absolutely tearing the event to shreds. We don’t know if anyone else would be willing to pull off this event, but at least they already have an idea of what not to do.


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