Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed that “The Walking Dead” will become a regular attraction on their theme park starting this summer. The attraction used to be a seasonal maze for guests of the park’s Halloween Horror Nights.
Guests can now have fun all year-round in the upgraded version of “The Walking Dead” attraction. The permanent addition of “The Walking Dead” attraction will come just months after the Universal Studios’ ground-breaking “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” kicks off in April.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Walking Dead” attraction will be much more thrilling and exciting than its Halloween iteration. According to the press, the new attraction is unlike other scary theme park attractions out there.
Fans will see “authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from The Walking Dead series” once they enter it. Needless to say, fans can expect to be seriously spooked.
Universal Studios Hollywood Creative Director, John Murdy, also promised that the attraction, which took over two years to prepare, will be worth fans’ every penny. Those who will enter the attraction will have the chance to experience what it feels like to be on the set of the “The Walking Dead,” as if they too are in the middle of a scary zombie apocalypse.
“What we want to do with this experience is put our guests in the footsteps of the human survivors of the show to make them feel like they’re reliving that experience by focusing on some of the most iconic scenes and environments, characters from “The Walking Dead,” he explained to 89.3 KPCC.
The creative director also said that since this is a permanent attraction, past versions definitely cannot compare. “I think there’s a big difference between creating a permanent attraction, like the Walking Dead experience we’re working on right now, versus something we would have created in the past for Halloween Horror Nights. No matter how elaborate those experiences are, they’re temporary in nature,” Murdy said.
This is why the “Walking Dead” attraction is not recommended for visitors under 13 years of age. The creative team at Universal Hollywood collaborated with “The Walking Dead” producer Greg Nicotero to bring the American horror drama television series to life.