There’s still a lengthy wait to discover who Negan bludgeoned to death in the season cliffhanger of The Walking Dead, but those who need to replenish their appetite for the undead should be thrilled to see the first pictures of a new live attraction which is about to open in California. The attraction will see visitors live out retellings of the show’s most perilous moments including The Prison and Hershel’s Farm as they are forced to evade zombies in the downright frightening new experience. Yesterday, fans got a petrifying first taste and you can see pictures of the incredible new set below. No Season Seven clues though, unfortunately.
The attraction is located in the Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California and will open officially to the public on July 4.
The special effects for both the actors and the various animatronics have been crafted by the show’s make-up boss Greg Nictoero and his team of skilled zombie-makers.
The experience will see visitors try and avoid being caught by the 12 zombies that patrol the maze at one time.
Using the model for previous attraction Hollywood Horror Nights, the theme park has given the terrifying maze a Walking Dead makeover with a set of gory zombies and more.
The attraction will also feature reconstructions of several of the show’s sets, including the West Georgia Correctional Facility and Terminus, which Nicotero describes as a “permanent retelling of our storyline from the beginning”.
Characters from the show including The Governor and Negan are all set to appear as villains in the new experience.
Using sensor technology, the zombies will be able to track the visitors in the maze, resulting in a reactionary experience.
Nicotero said that the attraction will be “little bit different” each time visitors go through the maze, with the constant rotation of cast members ensuring that no one experience will be the same.
He did confirm that it was unlikely that any the maze would ever provide any Easter eggs for future episodes, but insisted that it couldn’t be ruled out. Those looking for any hints for the future of the survivors – this might be for you.
Fans will get fright alright, but Universal has insisted that none of the undead actors will touch the visitors. No chance of infection, luckily.