‘Willy Wonka’ Experience Makes Families Call the Police

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, 1971
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A New ‘Willy Wonka’ experience had fans feeling less than jolly in Scotland. “Willy’s Chocolate Experience” popped up in Glasgow as an event run by the London-based House of Illuminati. It was meant to be an extremely immersive experience, filled with performances and of course, lots of chocolate and candy. Now, the event has gone viral on social media, not for the joy it has caused, but to showcase how bad and misleading it was.

Guests paid £35 (about $45) to attend the event and quickly realized they wanted a refund. Even the actors hired for the performances were unhappy. Jenny Fogarty, an actor hired to play an Oompa Loompa, said that her costume was too sexy and not kid-friendly. In addition, she received a 15-page script to be memorized just the night before the event.


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Another actor named Paul Connell said that when he saw the facility, “I just felt sad because I was aware of how many kids were going to be coming through.” Now the actors are saying that they haven’t even been paid for their work at the event. Images show a large warehouse with just a few decorations around the room that reportedly took less than a minute to walk through.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Peter Ostrum, 1971

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People were so angry about the event that they called the police. The booking site had promised attractions within the event including an Enchanted Garden, a Twilight Tunnel, and an Imagination Lab. Instead of getting some special sweet treats like they were promised, guests said they got a handful of random candy. House of Illuminati was forced to issue an apology and said that they would issue refunds, although some customers claim they still have not received one.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Undidentified Oompa Loompa, 1971

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In small print on the booking site, it says “any resemblance to any character, fictitious or living, is purely coincidental” and that the experience “is in no way related to the Wonka franchise, which is owned by the Warner Bros. company.”

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