The Walking Dead is finally getting its own full-time amusement spot at Universal Studios Hollywood. As unveiled by host Chris Hardwick during Sunday’s Talking Dead, the park is perhaps the only logical conclusion to the show’s popular Halloween presence at the park over the past several years.
"[The park] is going to be located within a custom built structure that will immerse guests within the world of The Walking Dead," Hardwick said on Sunday, as quoted by the Hollywood Reporter. The attraction, which is set to kick off its full-time status this summer, will thankfully feature some hands-on involvement from Greg Nicotero. Promising the "most intense, realistic" Dead experience of all time, the attraction will reportedly feature a blend of animatronics and live performers.
This move, of course, is tremendous news for anyone prone to barfing thanks to the alleged barf-ready antics of Universal Studios Hollywood's Harry Potter attraction. After taking a quick jaunt on a broom through the clearly limitless imagination of J.K. Rowling, Dead fans can achieve the perfect balance of optimism and cynicism (and maybe barfing!) by immediately hopping into a zombie-filled adventure.
Given AMC's recently hinted plans of never ever stopping the expansion of the Walking Dead franchise, perhaps this portion of Universal will continue to grow until the entire park is Dead-themed. "We wanted to create a place where they would bring us their creative dreams and bring us their passion projects," AMC network chief Charlie Collier told Vulture in January of the network's plans. "If Robert [Kirkman] had another one, we would absolutely engage. This is a world that is rich enough to handle it."
Bring it on.