I'm Completely Obsessed With How Terrible This Willy Wonka "Immersive Chocolate Experience" Is

A Willy Wonka "immersive chocolate experience" is being dragged mercilessly online for being hilariously awful.

A rainbow archway entrance with cloud designs and oversize yellow duck sculptures in an indoor space
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It's basically Fyre Festival in the form of one of those traveling van Gogh experiences that are super popular right now.

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The event was in Glasgow on Feb. 24 and cost £35 a ticket.

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The event was described as a "[f]ull immersive experience [...] designed for families and children - promising a day of pure imagination and wonder."

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The pictures on the website looked highly elaborate but appeared to be AI-generated.

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Attendees were definitely expecting something quite whimsical, but that's definitely not what they got.

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This is what people who showed up found:

A rainbow arch installation in an indoor industrial space with a small yellow duck sculpture
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It looks as if there was a small bounce house.

Interior of a spacious hall with arching ceilings, a few people scattered about, and a small stage setup in the distance
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There were a few candy canes, lollipops, and mushrooms.

Indoor candy-themed miniature golf course with oversize candy decorations and artificial turf
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There was this teeny-tiny backdrop:

A small mural of animated characters on a wall behind an empty black rolling TV stand in an otherwise barren indoor space
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It was iconically terrible.

Empty exhibition space with a large animated movie poster on display
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The Guardian reports that police were even called to the venue after complaints.

The best thing to come out of this debacle? The jokes.

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"Guys be like ‘I know a place’ and then take you to the off brand Willy Wonka experience," this person said.

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"I'd love to meet the person who signed off on this Willy Wonka experience ... [and] said, 'all done, doesn't it look good!?," another person said.

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This is the kind of story the internet thrives on.

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And I need a Hulu/Netflix documentary ASAP.

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