The disastrous Willy Wonka experience that had parents calling the cops, explained

Welcome to FTW Explains, a guide to catching up on and better understanding stuff going on in the world. Have you seen some stuff about a Willy Wonka experience in Glasgow that went VERY badly? And you’re very confused about that whole thing? Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

If that thing above sounds like a Mad Libs, we get it. After all: what the heck is up with a Willy Wonka experience? And it took place in Glasgow? And what went so wrong with it that it had … people calling the cops?

Fear not. We’re going to dive into that and the memes that have popped up and more:

I know. Here’s the deal, via the BBC:

Police were called to an event described as a “Willy Wonka Experience” in Glasgow as angry families demanded refunds.

The event was advertised as a “journey filled with wondrous creations and enchanting surprises at every turn”.

But one visitor told BBC Scotland News that it was little more than “an abandoned, empty warehouse”.

It was cancelled by organisers House of Illuminati mid-way through Saturday following complaints from parents.

Oh really? Here:

A ‘Willy Wonka’ “immersive experience” that promised to transport fans into a “magical realm” left kids in tears.

The event turned out to be such a letdown that customers called the police and compared the attraction to a “meth lab.”

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 28, 2024

More and more photos and footage are being shared of the Wonka experience in Glasgow and it’s making me howl louder every time. Not even a full cup of lemonade.

— bally singh (@putasinghonit) February 28, 2024

Stand-up comedian hired to play Willy Wonka at the widely criticised ‘Willy’s Chocolate Experience’ breaks his silence:

“I’m constantly applying for more acting jobs and comedy work, then I got a phone call saying, ‘Congratulations you are going to play Willy Wonka, we will send…

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) February 28, 2024

A second Oompa Loompa has been spotted at the Glasgow Willy Wonka Experience

— Zach 🅱️ (@Bencouvy) February 28, 2024

Here’s one theory:

apparently this was sold as a live Willy Wonka Experience but they used all AI images on the website to sell tickets and then people showed up and saw this and it got so bad people called the cops lmao

— Chris Alsikkan (@AlsikkanTV) February 26, 2024

listen, the “Wonka Experience” thing is hilarious front to back. but its also extremely telling of what kind of companies/people use AI generative images, those with not a lick of imagination or care, lazy dead-eyed mouthbreathing shortcut-trufflepigs.

— Daniel Danger (@tinymediaempire) February 27, 2024

The company that ran it said they would. But some people traveled far for this thing!

And funny you should mention that about Fyre Festival:

this is phenomenal. I need a Fyre Festival level documentary asap because it’s such a microcosm of where we’re at right now lmao

— Houston Coley (@artwithinpod) February 28, 2024

I’m obsessed with this Willy Wonka story.

I want this to become the next 6-Part Netflix Documentary – a la Fyre Festival.

I want the full account from this actor.

— Thomas Mitchells (@IAmTomMitchells) February 27, 2024

Europe so poor even their Fyre Festival scams are unambitious

— buyhighsellhigher (@ebitdaddy90) February 28, 2024

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