Universal Confirms The Walking Dead for Halloween Horror Nights

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Breaking News, Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, In the Parks, Orlando Parks, Universal Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Hollywood, Universal Orlando, Universal Studios

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Published on July 25, 2013 at 7:30 am with 6 Comments

They’re baaaaack. Universal Studios has confirmed that the wildly popular AMC show, The Walking Dead, will be the basis for new mazes at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.  The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences will place “Halloween Horror Nights” guests at the heart of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers.  The mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando will send guests through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury, where gruesome secrets are concealed.

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Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire “Halloween Horror Nights” street experience to “The Walking Dead”.  That’s right, all of the scare zones at Universal Orlando this year will be themed after the popular television series.  Guests brave enough to walk the streets of Universal Studios Florida will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show – including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel’s dismal barn – and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim…

The Golden Globe®-nominated, Emmy® Award-winning series “The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse.  It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season as the number-one show for adults 18-49.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to give it a try.  It’s intense, but a heck of a lot of fun.

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It might seem like a retread from last year, when The Walking Dead made its debut at the iconic Halloween event.  But John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood, explains, “What’s great about working with a property like ‘The Walking Dead’ is that each season presents new environments and characters for us to draw inspiration.  With the prison as the main setting of Season 3, we seized this opportunity to recreate that very environment, down to the last detail, to be as genuine and authentic to the show as possible. Using movie-quality production value, our goal is to make guests feel as if they are mired in the world of blood-thirsty zombies, which is something you can only do at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’”

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We’ve blurred the official poster for the maze as the image is graphic. If you’d like to see it, you’ll need to click.

“The goal is always to surround guests with authentic and terrifying experiences,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “The combination of ‘The Walking Dead’ themed street experiences and the haunted maze will make it difficult for our guests to escape the hordes of ravenous walkers they’ve seen on their television.  The moment you pass through our gate, you become a survivor fighting for your life.”

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Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  1. It wouldn’t be complete with Michonne.

  2. Awesomesauce!!!

  3. I’m excited about this. Not 100% sure that I like it that they are doing away with the multiple creative scare zones in Orlando. This is the 2nd year that they have messed around with the previous formula. But I’m willing to give it a shot.

    • I wasn’t overly impressed with The Walking Dead maze in Orlando last year. A few walkers in the hospital and department store and walked by a scene in the Winnebago, pretty boring.

  4. I LOVE the Walking Dead and unfortunately will miss it at HHN for the second time round.
    We will get to talk about it on the podcast though. :-)

  5. I wasn’t that impressed with the HHN Walking Dead experience in Hollywood neither. If it wasn’t labeled, we would’ve never known it was themed after the show at all. Let’s hope they spruce it up a lot.