Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the addition of a brand new, state of the art, horror walkthrough based on AMC’s popular series, “The Walking Dead”. The attraction brings the most popular show in cable television history to life in Summer 2016, when AMC’s Golden Globe award-nominated television series, “The Walking Dead,” sets up permanent residency at Universal Studios in an all-new immersive, cutting-edge attraction.
Universal Studios Hollywood has worked with AMC and “The Walking Dead” for years as on signature “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes and experiences. It has consistently polled as one of the most popular mazes each year it has appeared at the annual event. The popularity demanded that this sought-after experience go from a seasonal to 365 day opportunity. The advantage here is the ability to set up far more substantial scares in a permanent structure, raising the bar for immersive walk-through storytelling.
As is the case with every attraction developed for the park, Universal has partnered with the original creative forces behind the hit series to further elevate the authenticity of this new attraction. This includes 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. “The Walking Dead” attraction will create a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park. Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, the attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.
“’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.”
The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. More or less the same area the old monster walk-through attraction was located in the previous building. The new complex will feature a custom build, cutting edge environment modeled after set pieces from the the show.
The Walking Dead will invade Universal Studios Hollywood summer 2016