Confirming earlier reports, today Universal Studios officially announced that “The Walking Dead” will be featured with a zombie filled maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
On their Facebook page, Universal wrote:
The walkers are coming… Will you be able to escape their bloody grasp? This year, AMC’s The Walking Dead will crave the flesh of guests at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort in an all-new,intense maze!!
This follows Saturday’s news that video game and movie property “Silent Hill” will have a maze at at both Orlando and Hollywood’ Halloween Horror Nights.
“The Walking Dead’s” executive producer and special effect makeup artist Greg Nicotero said in a press release, “We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two – and will continue to face in our third season… Our collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.”
In a press release (see below), Universal Studios promises to “create an authentic experience that is true to the Emmy Award-winning hit series. The haunted mazes on both coasts feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to ‘life’ the vicious, hungry, zombies from the show.”
While we earlier speculated that Universal would be bringing the interactive “Walking Dead Escape” attraction that debuted at Comic-Con would be coming to the theme parks, reps from Halloween Horror Nights told me this was not part of their plans.
Official announcement video:
Full press release:
AMC’S “THE WALKING DEAD” BECOMES FIRST TELEVISION SERIES FEATURED AT
BOTH UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD’S
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS EXPERIENCES
Guests Experience The Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror
of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” At Nation’s Best Halloween Events
ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca. (July 18, 2012) — Caught in the middle of a high-intensity struggle for survival, you fight off hordes of flesh-hungry, growling “walkers,” or zombies. No place is safe as you make your way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland with horror at every turn. Will you survive?
This fall, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are joining forces with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for their Halloween Horror Nights events. Visitors to both theme parks will be able to experience the horror of AMC’s blockbuster original series, “The Walking Dead,” in elaborately themed, haunted mazes. It marks the first-time Universal Studios has featured a television series at Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts.
The Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning, series “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one drama series in basic cable history for adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
Universal Studios’ Halloween creative teams are working with AMC and “The Walking Dead,” to create an authentic experience that is true to the Emmy Award-winning hit series. The haunted mazes on both coasts feature eerily authentic, elaborately designed, movie-quality sets that include some of the most iconic locations and scenes from the show. Mobs of undead walkers bring to “life” the vicious, hungry, zombies from the show.
“We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in seasons one and two – and will continue to face in our third season,” said Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Artist for the series. “Our collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show.”
“The collaboration with Universal Studios’ creative teams is a fantastic cross-promotional opportunity and a great way to capture the spirit of the series, which makes its season three debut on AMC this October,” said Linda Schupack, AMC’s Executive Vice President of Marketing.
“‘The Walking Dead’ puts real people in incredibly horrific situations where they experience true, raw fear, and guests at Halloween Horror Nights experience the same thing,” said Jim Timon, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Universal Orlando Resort. “We can’t wait to merge the two powerful concepts together.”
“With ‘The Walking Dead,’ we want to make fans of the series feel like they are literally walking in the footsteps of the show’s characters, experiencing all of the horrific events from the series just as they experienced them,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood. “The goal is to make guests of Halloween Horror Nights feel like they are trapped in the world of ‘The Walking Dead,’ using all of the attention to detail and movie-quality production values that Halloween Horror Nights has become famous for. You’re no longer sitting on a couch, watching a show…you’re living it!”
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights® events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from film to nightmares — and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”
For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visitwww.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Watch The Walking Dead announcement video on both Universal Orlando Resort’s YouTube Channel and onUniversal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel.
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