HBO created a ‘Westworld’ experience at SXSW that’s like Disney World with gunslingers, women, and booze — take an exclusive look inside

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“Westworld” has come to Austin, Texas, for the SXSW film festival.

HBO created an entire theme park set in the American frontier, where “Westworld” fans can experience what it’s like to be a guest of the sci-fi show’s park. Actors playing the town’s residents live out elaborate storylines, and visitors interact with them like they’re artificial hosts from the show.

It’s like Disney World’s Frontierland with gunslingers, prostitutes, and booze — lots of it.

A recreation of the sci-fi town of Sweetwater for the “‘Westworld’ Live Without Limits” experience at SXSW is the most sophisticated stunt that HBO has ever attempted. The network spent the last four months refurbishing a real-life ghost town into the sci-fi Western park.

I had a chance to visit the “Westworld” experience for Business Insider. It blew my mind.

Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for “Westworld” season two.

SEE ALSO: Everything you might have missed in the new ‘Westworld’ season 2 trailer

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The location of the experience is a secret. Fans who successfully booked one of the super exclusive appointments to visit Westworld gathered at a bar in Austin to catch a shuttle.

Before we boarded, guests climbed the stairs to a rooftop bar that served as an office for Delos, the mysterious corporation behind theme-park destinations like Westworld.

A Delos “employee” dressed in all white asked my name, gave me a once-over, and said, “You’re a black hat.” Apparently she saw more rebellious rogue than do-gooder in me.

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