"The Walking Dead" is no doubt one of the most successful TV shows with high ratings and a solid online fan base. But that is not all because this popular AMC series now has its own "The Walking Dead" theme park attraction developed by the Universal Studios Hollywood.
The theme park is set to open on the fourth of July and a video was released to give a preview of the park which makes fans even more excited about its opening.
LA-based special effects studio, KNB EFX, which provide the zombies for the series works in collaboration with Universal Studios who provide the series with its zombies.
“After six years of working on The Walking Dead, we have a great opportunity to take it out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction where guests can come face-to-face with walkers," said Greg Nicotero executive producer, director and special effects maestro of the show.
“It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as authentic as possible," he added, according to Independent. "We’re getting the chance to utilize moulds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction. We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see … it’s never been done before.”
In the attraction, fans will see some walkers and sets that were used in the first six seasons of the series. But since it involves zombies, children should be at least 13 years old.
For several years, the characters of "The Walking Dead" had been part of the Universal Studios' Halloween festivities but guests were asking for more which made the park decide to offer a year-round attraction featuring animatronic zombies. People will also "fight for survival in a fully immersive journey as they navigate through a world overrun by hungry walkers."
According to analysts at Jefferies, it is estimated that the "The Walking Dead" franchise will generate about $260 million in advertising revenue this year or around 26 percent of the National Networks advertising revenue at AMC Networks, Yahoo reported.