After rave reviews from fans on both coasts, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort are bringing back AMCâ€™s â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience all-new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy AwardÂ®-winning television series.
This yearâ€™s bone-chilling mazes will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse.Â It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ is the number-one show on television for adults 18-49.Â AMCâ€™s â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ returns for Season 5 this October.
â€œThis has been an incredible collaboration and I am thrilled to be working once again with the creative teams at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood to bring the world of â€˜The Walking Deadâ€™ to our dedicated fans,â€ said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effect Makeup Supervisor for the series.Â â€œI canâ€™t wait for visitors to experience first-hand some of the iconic moments from Season 4 in what will be the biggest, most exciting and frightening â€˜Walking Deadâ€™ maze to date.â€
This year, Universal Studios Hollywood will bring multiple interactive experiences from â€œThe Walking Deadâ€ to life throughout its â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ event.Â â€œThe Walking Dead:Â The End of the Lineâ€ will channel the many iconic scenes from Season 4 into a new maze, inviting guests to encounter the terror they viewed from afar.Â From infected walkers whose bleeding eyes struck a new chord of fear throughout the prison to the walker-filled tunnel on the crusade to Terminus, the ominous attraction will evoke a countless barrage of distressing images that will traumatize guests over and over again. The contemporary urban city streets, towering skyscrapers, brick-faced facades and industrial exterior movie sets that make up Universal Studiosâ€™ world-famous production facilities will serve as the backdrop location for this all-new, frighteningly realistic maze. Swarms of walkers will also reawaken in an all-new terrifying scare-zone located adjacent to the maze.
The engrossing cult favorite television series will seep into other parts of Universalâ€™s backlot with, predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. â€œTerror Tram:Â Invaded by the Walking Deadâ€ will send guests on the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the â€œburned moonshine cabin,â€ â€œcharred walkersâ€ and â€œmud walkers.â€
â€œâ€™The Walking Deadâ€™ is a once in a lifetime property that has greatly expanded and redefined the horror genre,â€ said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood.Â â€œOur fans are as intense as the walkers when it comes to new interactive experiences that put them at the heart of the show, so itâ€™s our responsibility to create characters and environments that are as authentic to the series as possible.Â Working in partnership with the showâ€™s Executive Producer and four-time Emmy Award-winner, Greg Nicotero, is incredibly rewarding. His expertise combined with our vision delivers the most outstanding and credible â€˜Walking Deadâ€™ experience anyone could imagine, outside of being on the show.â€
Universal Studiosâ€™ â€œHalloween Horror Nightsâ€ events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nationâ€™s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares â€“ and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained â€œscareactors.â€
Universal Orlando’s maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Guests will encounter iconic scenes from Season 4 of the hit show â€“ beginning at the prison, fans will enter the cell block where the infection began, escape into the massive Big Spot location with a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling and journey to the dilapidated country club overrun with walkers. These and other incredibly immersive environments culminate to the mazeâ€™s finale taking you to the End of the Line â€“ Terminus. This yearâ€™s maze will be an entirely new experience, featuring never-beforeâ€“seen walkers and brand new scares.
â€œBringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, The Walking Dead is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and season 4 offered many new and unique environments and walkers,â€ said Michael Aiello, Creative Development DirectorÂ for Universal Orlandoâ€™s Entertainment team. â€œThis year, we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything weâ€™ve ever done in the history of our event.”