Universal City, CA â€” The nationâ€™s insatiable appetite for AMCâ€™s ‘The Walking Dead’ will continue to terrifyÂ Universal Studios HollywoodandÂ Universal Orlando ResortÂ when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy AwardÂ®-winning television series take a bite out of â€œHalloween Horror Nights,â€ beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.
Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of televisionâ€™s most talked about shows, â€œThe Walking Dead.â€
Following in the footsteps of â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered â€œWâ€ walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of â€œWâ€ walkers.
â€œI couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand ‘The Walking Dead’ universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for “The Walking Dead.”Â “â€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™ is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.â€
â€œWe love giving fans of â€˜The Walking Deadâ€™ as many ways as possible to experience the series, so weâ€™re thrilled to be collaborating once again with the teams at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando on these mazes that really bring the intensity of the show to life,â€ said Theresa Beyer, senior vice president of promotion, activation and partnerships for AMC. â€œWeâ€™re excited to have fans come face to face with some of the most memorable and shocking scenes of season 5.â€
This year, whenÂ Universal Studios HollywoodÂ introduces the all-original â€œThe Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,â€ it will come to life as the biggest, longest, most gruesome maze ever built at the West Coast destination of â€œHalloween Horror Nights.â€ This all-new experience will feature twice as many, never-before-seen walkers and will be situated within an entirely new theme park location.
â€œJust like the fans who wait anxiously for the next episode or season return of â€˜The Walking Dead,â€™ this phenom of a show has become a â€˜Halloween Horror Nightsâ€™ tradition and our guests look forward to a new â€˜Walking Deadâ€™ maze each year,â€ said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of â€œHalloween Horror Nights.â€Â â€œWeâ€™re fortunate to have the expertise of the showâ€™s creative team working collaboratively with us to create an authentic living representation of the series, and for fans, our maze experience is the next best thing to living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.â€
Universal Orlandoâ€™s â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ maze will feature hordes of walkers and eerily recreate the scenes, settings and terror that guests have seen on their TV screens.Â The twisted minds of Universal Orlandoâ€™s Halloween Horror Nights team are using first-ever tactics to bring the horror of season 5 to life in this yearâ€™s maze â€“ even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where theyâ€™ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.
â€œWeâ€™ve been fortunate to recreate many horrific moments over the past few years, and as the series raises its own bar every season, so have we with our environments, said Michael Aiello, Director of Creative Development for Universal Orlandoâ€™s Entertainment team.Â â€œFaithfully representing season 5 has brought with it all-new elements, and we will literally place our guests in the lead role as they escape hordes of walkers.â€