HOLLYWOOD, March 14 (UPI) — Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a new year-round “The Walking” Dead attraction that will arrive at the theme park this summer.
Announced Sunday during AMC’s post “Walking Dead” talk show, “Talking Dead,” the new interactive experience will differ from the series of mazes inspired by the hit series that have headlined Universal Studio’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event for the past four years.
Aiming for authenticity, the new attraction will be made with help from executive producer Greg Nicotero and his special-effects makeup team at KNB EFX group and feature “sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series.”
“There are moments from the television show that we’ll get a chance to recreate much more faithfully than we would in a maze,” Nicotero said to USA Today. “You’ll get some great opportunities to see things from season one and some stuff from seasons three and 4. It’s a little bit of a walk down memory lane for us.”
A promotional video announcing the attraction features memorable locations from the show including the prison and the zombie infested hospital where main character Rick first awakens from his coma in the first episode.
“‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis, since its debut,” Universal Studios Hollywood president Larry Kurzweil said in a statement.
“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,” he continued.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays 9/8c on AMC.