Cops Called On Willy Wonka Event That Left Kids In Tears, Dubbed "Scotland's Fyre Festival"

A creepy Willy Wonka event dubbed "Glasgow's Fyre Festival" leaves children in tears.

By Nicole Dominique2 min read

A "Willy Wonka Experience" promoted as a place where "dreams become reality" turned into a complete nightmare.

Angered parents called the police to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed occasion in Glasgow. Advertised as a "journey filled with wondrous creations and enchanting surprises at every turn," the organizers utilized colorful but wonky AI-generated images to promote the event. You'd think a photo of Willy Wonka with misshapen fingers and warped features would turn people away.

The experience was run by a group titled House of Illuminati, charging £35 ($44.39) per ticket. Customers were stunned to find that the event's promises were nothing more than pure imagination. It was held in a large, creepy warehouse, complete with a small bouncy house, a few candy statues, and lazy decorations. One visitor said it was a little more than "an abandoned, empty warehouse," according to the BBC.

A Facebook page titled "house of Illuminati scam" has been created by upset customers demanding refunds. Maryanna Mccormack uploaded a video of a long-haired Willy Wonka showing children a scary masked individual in black. A child is heard crying. I would have called the cops, too.

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An image circulating on social media shows a woman dressed as an Oompa Loompa surrounded by smoke and lab equipment, but she didn't look to be making candy. People commented how the setup looked similar to a "meth lab."

The organizers canceled the event mid-way through Saturday even though it was scheduled for an entire weekend. Eva Stewart revealed she witnessed children crying with disappointment and that it took her five minutes to walk through the entire thing. Organizers said it would take between 45 minutes to an hour.

"It was basically advertised as this big massive Willy Wonka experience with optical illusions and big chocolate fountains and sweets," Stewart said. "But when we got there, it was practically an abandoned, empty warehouse, with hardly anything in it."

A man who played Willy Wonka at the show revealed that “Children were given ONE jelly bean and a quarter cup of Tesco’s own-brand lemonade."

Paula Graham, an event balloon decorator, her husband Andy, their daughter, and a friend went to the experience. The tickets were £35 per person.

"In my eyes, I thought it was going to be some kind of light show with actors. I felt it was going to have sweets, and they were taking about a chocolate river," Graham tells The Scottish Sun. "But it was a big warehouse with some props in it and some sheets. The actual experience took two minutes to walk though because there was nothing there."

"When we arrived, so many people had complained that they shut it down. You couldn't even call it an event. It was terrible. The guy was saying, 'Just have a wee walk through, and you'll get a refund,'" she added.

"It was shocking for the money you paid. There were kids coming away crying. There were families from all over. One family had come from Falkirk. It was absolutely terrible. It was meant to run until eight o'clock at night. There was a wee girl with an Oompa Loompa outfit who was bawling."

Billy Coull, the director of House of Illuminati, has issued an apology to furious customers. "I'm so, so sorry to everybody for the sheer and utter disappointment," Coull said. "We did decide to continue the event in the best manner in which we could."

According to The Scottish Sun, the event's bosses were forced to refund customers.

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