Visitors call the police after a particularly bad Willy Wonka show

It turns out it’s far from a golden ticket. Visitors to the Willy Wonka exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland, last weekend were so shocked by its poor quality that they called the police.

However, they are already promised a world where “dreams come true and wonderful surprise lurks around every corner.” An experience filled with interactive elements from the wonderful world of films, based on the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By Roald Dahl. What visitors were presented with instead was a gray shed with a slanted TV, a hastily hung canvas with some decorations from the movie that didn’t cover nearly the entire wall, two life-sized lollipops and candy canes.

The photos and videos shared reflect sadness: no chocolate fountains, no Oompa-Loompas merrily singing, but an actor in a “terrible costume” scaring children. Many visitors commented that it was almost funny how poorly designed this exhibition was – if it weren’t for the fact that entry was tens of euros each.

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The Willy Wonka Experience in Glasgow, last weekend.Photo by Stuart Sinclair

Stuart Sinclair told British media how he paid £35 for each of his three children and drove two hours from Dundee, only to be surprised to discover that a “half-inflated bouncy castle” was the highlight of the supposed interactive exhibition. His 4-year-old daughter, dressed in a Willy Wonka suit, had been looking forward to visiting this magical candy world for days, but finally had to settle for two jelly beans and a half cup of lemonade.

A visitor in a Facebook group for affected visitors noted how the event’s website was later updated to say that this exhibit was in no way affiliated with Warner Bros., the owner of the film franchise. The organization subsequently apologized and promised to return all visitors’ money within ten days. Sinclair speaking to British media: “I’ll just see. But hey, at least this was an ‘experiment’.

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