Fans of “The Walking Dead” got a big surprise when Chris Hardwick announced on “The Talking Dead” Sunday night that Universal Studios Hollywood will have a permanent attraction based on our favorite AMC show, opening this summer. According to the news releases from Universal Studios Hollywood and AMC, they are taking on the zombie apocalypse and building a new, state-of-the-art walk-through “The Walking Dead” attraction. Your Zombie Examiner is very excited to see what they are going to take from the show and make into an interactive experience! Hopefully I can bring you more zombie inside news as we get closer to the summer opening.
Sources at Universal shared, “Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ for years as a signature ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze. This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an authentic 365 day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions. To further elevate the authenticity of this new attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with ‘The Walking Dead’s’ creative team, including visionary executive producer and director, Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB EFX. Greg’s team, responsible for masterfully creating the show’s realistic decaying walkers, will construct prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to the attraction walkers. The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living version of the show.”
“AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis, since its debut,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We’re taking its intensity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award-winning production team to create an authentic living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”
“We’re so grateful for our longstanding partnership with the talented team at Universal Studios Hollywood. We’ve shared a successful three-year partnership at Halloween Horror Nights and now this permanent ‘The Walking Dead’ walk- through attraction takes the relationship and the fan experience to the next level,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC and SundanceTV. “Along with our great partners at Universal, it means a great deal to us to continue entertaining, and frightening, passionate, loyal fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ for years to come.”
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