The Walking Dead Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood July 4th
Universal Studios Hollywood today announced a July 4th opening for its “Walking Dead” attraction.
The permanent walk-through attraction is based on the popular AMC television series, which follows survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating “walkers.”
“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have a great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of “The Walking Dead.”
He continued, “It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible. We’re getting the chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction. We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see…it’s never been done before….it’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art….and I can’t wait.”
The Walking Dead isn’t new to the theme park. Universal Studios Hollywood has collaborated with the “Walking Dead” team for years on 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 exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.
Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with the show’s creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to “develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.”
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 Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.
The attraction will be housed within a custom-built structure inside a building complex near the theme park’s main entry. The park recommends the attraction for guests 13 and older.
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