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People are comparing ‘shambles’ Willy Wonka experience to another British event which left mum ‘disgusted’

People are comparing ‘shambles’ Willy Wonka experience to another British event which left mum ‘disgusted’

The immersive Willy Wonka experience in Glasgow didn't go as expected.

People are comparing the recent 'Willy Wonka experience' to another viral incident which left a British mum 'disgusted'.

Glasgow's Willy Wonka experience - which took place over the weekend - ended in absolute chaos as children were left in tears and police were called to the event.

The £35-per-head event was based on Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and was scheduled to take place over Saturday and Sunday.

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However, when hundreds of kids attended the venue with their families, they were shocked to walk into an 'abandoned, empty warehouse'.

According to images posted online, there were only a few Wonka-themed props, along with a small bouncy castle.

Refreshments-wise it looked like all what was available was a bottle of lemonade split between the entire group.

Not to mention a 'pick n mix' consisting of just five sweets.

One of the actors at the event claimed she'd been given a dubious-looking script a couple of days before, only to be told to abandon it and 'improvise' on the day.

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Some have even claimed to have been given a totally different address to where the 'event' was being held.

The creator of Willy's Chocolate Experience has since apologised and blamed the failure on 'technical issues'.

Billy Coull is the director of events company House of Illuminati, and said that he was 'truly and utterly sorry' for the apparent omnishambles.

As the Willy Wonka experience has been dubbed 'a waste of money', some people have compared it to another viral, British incident, which was also given the same moniker.

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Last Christmas, it appeared that the Grinch-for-hire service was back in action following controversial coverage in 2021.

A mum hired the character from Santa Stop Here Belfast to come out to her home to engage in a bit of playful misbehaviour.

However, she claims the Grinch turned up and destroyed her house, pouring juice and washing liquid all over the place and smashing up eggs and party food.


In a viral post, which has since been deleted, the mum said: “So paid £85 for a Grinch visit… advertises the Grinch to come in, mess the kids’ beds, have pillow fights, put toilet roll around your Christmas tree and pictures with the kids at the end (they were told to leave, no pictures) VS what I got.

"Good, expensive cupcakes threw all over the place, tree decorations broke, fairy liquid poured on my kitchen food, eggs smashed and a full bottle over my floor and son! Kids' new onesies ruined.

“Highly, highly do not recommend… mailed and complained, no reply.

"Grinch defo came stole Christmas, never been so disgusted in my life! [sic].”


At the time, a spokesperson for Santa Stop Here Belfast told MailOnline: “[The homeowner’s] sister hired us and was told in advance what was involved prior to the visit.

“We’ve done 30 visits this year with no complaints.

“We have been doing this for three years in total.

“Our Grinch is loving the attention - we’ve had hundreds of booking enquiries today.

“The Grinch also knew them personally - but hasn’t told them who was below the mask yet!”

Viewers have compared the two services on X (Twitter), as one person wrote: "Who’d win, the £35 Immersive Willy Wonka experience or the £85 Grinch visit?"

"£35 Willy Wonka experience son or £80 Grinch daughter?" another tweeted.

"What if you pay the Grinch to go to Willy Wonka?" someone else suggested.

Featured Image Credit: Stuart Sinclair/Facebook

Topics: Christmas, UK News, Viral