Could you survive The Walking Dead? Zombie theme park announced

Universal Studios Hollywood will launch the attraction this summer.

Ever wondered how you’d fare if a Walking Dead-style zombie apocalypse struck?

You’ll be able to test your mettle this summer when Universal Studios Hollywood unveils The Walking Dead Attraction.

Based on the hit TV series and Robert Kirkman’s comic book, the park will pit visitors against hordes of the undead in a landscape familiar to fans of the AMC show.

“Prepare to fight for survival in a fully immersive journey as you navigate through a world overrun by hungry walkers,” Universal said of the attraction.

“Prepare to fight for survival in a fully immersive journey as you navigate through a world overrun by hungry walkers.”

“Follow in the footsteps of the human survivors as you battle your way through nightmarish iconic landscapes that bring the most popular cable TV show in history to life!”

The trailer above offers up a combo of concept art, bloody-thirsty clips from the show and a brief walk-through of sets from the attraction.

Universal Studios already has a Walking Dead-themed maze it busts out for every Halloween Horror Night. With the continuing popularity of the show and it’s spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, it’s only natural to see the attraction extended year-round.

The Walking Dead Attraction is expected to be fully open this summer, hot on the heels of a less traumatic franchise – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be arriving in April.

The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln Rick Grimes
Is Rick Grimes safe? Andrew Lincoln thinks he could be killed off in The Walking Dead. Image Picture Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead hit episode 13 of its sixth season run in the US last night and is so far experiencing record-breaking ratings.

Andrew Lincoln recently told Loaded that no cast member is safe from death by zombie.

“I do worry [about being killed off],” he said. “That’s what we signed up for in this show. It’s in its job description! I got asked recently by a DJ in New York what the ratings would have to drop below for Rick to be under pressure to get killed off by the network bosses.

“I hadn’t considered that, but the DJ said ‘Well, we have – we think if you go under 10 million viewers, you’re in trouble.’

“And you know what? Ten million viewers sounds a fair ballpark. If the ratings dip below 10 million, let’s see how long Rick lasts!”

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