Universal Studios' New 'The Walking Dead' Attraction Is The Actual Zombie Apocalypse

30 May 2016
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Fans of AMC's The Walking Dead television series will soon be able to get their 'walker' fix in a far more realistic and terrifying way at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The theme park's new 'The Walking Dead' attraction will officially open 4 July, 2016, transporting guests into a frighteningly realistic zombie apocalypse.

A hideous zombie 'Bicycle Girl', one of the most iconic zombies from the show, will be part of Universal Studios' attraction (Image: Universal Studios Hollywood/YouTube)

The realism comes courtesy of the same creative team behind the show's special effects including KNB Efx and executive producer and director of The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero.

Together they're developing prosthetics, using original moulds from the show and meticulously painting the walkers to establish a deeper emotional connection between fans and the animatronics.

"After six years of working on The Walking Dead, we have a great opportunity to take The Walking Dead out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers," said Greg Nicotero.

Authentic walker make-up, detailed set design and costumes, intelligent animatronics, and iconic props and walkers from the series (including 'Bicycle Girl') will all help turn Universal's new attraction into a living representation of the show.

Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes sneak peek.

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Ben Stower

I love the kind of travelling that is one part strategic planning and two parts spontaneous adventure. Whether I'm exploring my local city or a small town in the middle of nowhere, I'm always hoping to find something no one else has discovered.