Universal takes us behind the scenes of the making of the upcoming permanent Walking Dead attraction.
You may have heard about that Universal Studios is working on a permanent Walking Dead attraction, and we’re happy to say that you didn’t hear that wrong. Here’s part of the official release statement from Universal:
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. For a look at what to expect when the attraction opens this summer, please click here.
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.
“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.
As stated in the release above, they did enlist The Walking Dead‘s executive producer Greg Nicotero and his special effects company KNB Effects to help give the Walking Dead attraction the realistic quality that the show has. And Universal Studios released this video to show just how much they are dedicated in making this attraction worth going to.
If you’ve been to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, then you know that Universal doesn’t shy away from scares and gore. Since they added The Walking Dead maze into their Horror Nights lineup, it’s become pretty much the most popular of the mazes with lines into the attraction being over two hours long every night.
So, this will definitely be an advantage for the theme parks, especially with the inclusion of the Harry Potter attractions that are now in both Florida and Los Angeles parks. I have yet to make it back to the Los Angeles park since the Harry Potter attraction was added, but now with The Walking Dead attraction coming July 4, 2016, I’m doubly excited for my next venture out there.