New Walking Dead Attraction Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood
Cable channel AMC announced tonight that a new year-'round attraction based on its hit series "The Walking Dead"
will open this summer
at Universal Studios Hollywood.
From AMC's press release:
Follow in the survivors’ footsteps for a fully immersive journey, using both animatronics and live performers — the next best thing to actually being on The Walking Dead.
The attraction’s landscapes, special effects, props, staging, costumes and makeup were all created in collaboration with the show’s award-winning production team, including executive producer and director Greg Nicotero.
Universal has been featuring The Walking Dead-themed walk-through attractions during its Halloween Horror Nights events, both in Hollywood and Orlando, for the past several years. However, this will be the first
permanent Walking Dead-themed attraction in a Universal park.
Here's a teaser video from Universal Studios Hollywood:
It appears from these announcements that the USH attraction will not be an installation of the Walking Dead dark ride developed by Sally Corp. and
teased at last fall's IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, but a walk-through-style attraction, instead. Updates:
The attraction will go into the Upper Lot, next to the new Starbucks.
And tech production is beginning, under the direction of USH Creative Director John Murdy. He also confirmed that the new TWD attraction will be featured during this fall's Halloween Horror Nights.
I strongly believe the Walking Dead attraction will be located on top of Starbucks on the upper lot next to Universal Plaza.
That makes some sense to me, as it would explain what's going into the ground-level access next door. But it would be a pretty low ceiling up there for an attraction space.
Last time I remember, there were reports of clearing behind the soundstage for Mummy. Perhaps it would be going in that location?
OK, now Universal is confirming that the new attraction will be located on Universal Boulevard.
I like Walking Dead, so I am intrigued, but I will wait until they build the better version in Orlando.
Yes, I heard rumors about that, but I'm somewhat surprised to hear they're true. I think it will be behind the Starbucks on the London side. That would explain why some walls are still back there.
It is going to be directly to the right of the Starbucks if you are standing in the Universal Plaza or behind the new Universal Studios Store. That part is still behind walls and has a higher roof than the rest of the building.
I am a little surprised that this will be ready for the summer as I had previously heard it would open for Halloween Horror Nights and remain permanently afterward. However, the addition of this attraction makes a lot of sense considering the popularity of The Walking Dead. For those wondering about the location, it's pretty close to where the House of Horrors used to be, though I believe the entrance will be off to the left instead of right in the front.
The latest Walking Dead maze received some criticism for being the 4th WD maze in a row at the park, so I find it interesting that their doing this. They better add some new effect or I think it will be a flop.
This isn't a good idea. What's the point of having Horror Nights in the fall if you're going to have similar attractions all year long?
Orlando is not getting the walking dead. It's been confirmed by a friend of mine that works for universal. Too bad!!!
I'm a big fan of the series so I'm curious to see it. I never go to Horror Nights so this is a good way to get it. I expect it to be tamer as well although I won't bring my kid. I will do it solo. I wonder why just a walk through. I prefer a ride instead.
Personally I like this idea. I've missed the year round haunt fix we in socal used to have with the house of horrors. Plus having a permanent walking dead attraction could possibly mean amother maze location just got freed up for a new maze idea during horror nights.
To the anonymous poster who worte, "Orlando is not getting the Walking Dead" - not now. Not this year. But if it is popular, it will find its way to the Orlando parks. They get all the good stuff.
As a Walking Dead fan, I'm actually really glad to hear that they're bringing this in as a permanent attraction. But this is how I think it's gonna pan out... If TWD attraction at USH is successful and popular, then they'll probably build TWD at USO. However, the one at USO will probably be an actual ride, opposed to USH just getting a walk through attraction. I mean they already showed off a Walking Dead ride at IAAPA.
This looks AMAZING! I can't wait to go see Walking Dead at Universal. Currently my favorite Walking Dead secret is Johnny Depp's head appearing recently as a walker in Season 6 episode 12, "Not Tomorrow Yet." It's in there, look for it :)
I would have preferred that they keep the House of Horrors. Lots more variety than a permanent WD attraction. They already have a maze based on that IP at HHN.
There's an old walk-through haunted house-type attraction at the Upper Lot. It was themed for The Mummy, then re-themed for Van Helsing, then re-themed again for a hodgepodge of Universal properties (Chucky, Psycho, etc.). That attraction is now closed, which makes it pretty obvious they're just re-theming it again for Walking Dead.
That building was razed to make way for the new Universal Blvd. However, TWDA is going in on much the same spot, except with the front where the House of Horrors exit was.
I'm not going to lie, this does not sound exciting at all. A walkthrough attraction? I love the Walking Dead series/comics but this just seems like it would get stale after a while. granted you can say that about any attraction, but I don't know something about this just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Im really interested in how this will turn out. As for whether or not USO will get this, it's pure conjecture. It's not true that that everything good eventually makes it to USO or that everything is better. It's a matter of opinion but I think their Minions and Springfield are superior and I actually enjoyed their Jurassic Park more and there is no Waterworld in Orlando I actually hope that if it is a success that they don't replicate it.
My only concern is that it is properly staffed (i.e. monsters/zombies) continuously throughout the year. The previous House of Horrors was practically deserted of monsters most of the time except when the park was most crowded. I often went through there and only saw 2 or 2 "monsters" when there should have been a couple dozen. Otherwise, it was usually just a long walk through some nifty set pieces. The fun was in seeing guests getting chased around or screaming as a monster suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
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