Monday, March 14, 2016

Year-Round Walking Dead Haunt Opening at Universal Studios Hollywood

Last night it was announced that Universal Studios Hollywood will be partnering with AMC once again to create a Walking Dead themed haunted house - only this one will operate year round at the theme park.

The house will be simply named The Walking Dead Attraction, perhaps not the most creative, but when you have Walking Dead in the title you do not need much more!  The park already utilizes the show as a theme for a yearly super-popular haunted house during Halloween Horror Nights, usually recreating the events of the prior TV season. 

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The new permanent maze will be housed in part of the huge new building that was recently opened just inside the theme park's gates; the front part of the structure has elaborately themed facades that house retail and food locations.  Now we know what the back of the building is for.

As for the haunted house, the press release for the attraction says that "authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series" will be used to create "an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history."

© Universal Studios Hollywood
The concept of a year-round haunted house isn't new to Universal Studios Hollywood, they have actually had one for years until recently.  They had several haunted walk through attractions in their Stage 13 building before it was removed, with themes such as The Mummy, Van Helsing and finally Universal's House of Horrors which featured famous Universal monsters.

The new Walking Dead Attraction is set to open in time for the Summer season.