Today, May 18th, Universal Studios announced the grand opening date for the anticipated “The Walking Dead” attraction, headed for the Hollywood studio/theme park. The announcement brought a behind-the-scenes look into the making of its new permanent walk-through attraction based on AMC’s record-breaking television series, “The Walking Dead,” which you can check out after the jump!
The biggest thing that Universal Studios is going for, as you can see in the above video, is the authenticity of the experience. Here is what the park had to say about the behind the scenes:
To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to 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 representation of the show.
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 “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. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.
According to the folks over at Inside Universal, fans of the show should expect to see some familiar scenes.
Thematically, guests will be transported to the beginning of AMC’s immensely popular television series, featuring a queue based on the famous hospital scene in the show’s pilot episode. Other revealed scenes include the burning cabin, and the infamous “Don’t Open Dead Inside” doors that will serve as a photo opportunity for guests.
Universal has had experience in the past with their successful Halloween Horror Nights installations, so it will fantastic to see what they can bring to life before fans eyes in a solitary location.
Do you plan on checking it out this summer? How will Harry Potter combat those walkers? Is Hagrid the cure for zombies? Let us know in the comments!