ORLANDO, Florida - Fans with a voracious appetite for AMC's "The Walking Dead" will have a chance to walk in the footsteps of human survivors when Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort debut all new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 3 of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning television series at this year's Halloween Horror Nights events beginning September 20, 2013.
The eerily authentic and disturbingly real maze experiences will place "Halloween Horror Nights" guests at the heart of the show's once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by hordes of flesh-eating walkers. The mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando will send guests cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.
Universal Orlando is also dedicating its entire "Halloween Horror Nights" street experience to "The Walking Dead" – making this the first time ever that all of the scare zones throughout the park will be themed after a hit television series. Guests brave enough to walk the streets of Universal Studios Florida will encounter iconic scenes from all three seasons of the hit show - including the perilous city of Atlanta and Hershel's dismal barn - and fleets of blood-thirsty walkers who are hungry for their next victim...
The Golden Globe®-nominated, Emmy® Award-winning series "The Walking Dead" is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. "The Walking Dead" is the first original cable series ever to end the broadcast TV season as the number-one show for adults 18-49. AMC's "The Walking Dead" returns for season 4 on Sunday, October 13 at 9pm ET/PT.
"What's great about working with a property like 'The Walking Dead' is that each season presents new environments and characters for us to draw inspiration," said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood. "With the prison as the main setting of Season 3, we seized this opportunity to recreate that very environment, down to the last detail, to be as genuine and authentic to the show as possible. Using movie-quality production value, our goal is to make guests feel as if they are mired in the world of blood-thirsty zombies, which is something you can only do at 'Halloween Horror Nights.'"
"The goal is always to surround guests with authentic and terrifying experiences," said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando's Entertainment team. "The combination of 'The Walking Dead' themed street experiences and the haunted maze will make it difficult for our guests to escape the hordes of ravenous walkers they've seen on their television. The moment you pass through our gate, you become a survivor fighting for your life."
Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights" events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation's best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares -- and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained "scareactors."
For more information about "Halloween Horror Nights" at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.
Brevard County residents, along with all Florida residents, can take advantage of the following Florida Resident Halloween Horror Nights discounts and offers:
SPECIAL FLORIDA RESIDENT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS OFFERS
Halloween Horror Nights Florida Resident Offers
Florida Resident Single Night
~ Starts at $42.99 plus tax
· Includes admission to one night of Halloween
· Advance purchase required with a UPC code from
Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero or Sprite products
· Prices vary depending on date of visit
Frequent Fear Pass
~ Starts at $83.99 plus tax
· Experience 15 nights of the event for less than
the price of one
· Includes admission to Halloween Horror Nights
on Sept. 20, 21, 26 and 29 & Oct. 3, 6, 10, 13, 16,
17, 20, 23, 24, 27 and 31
· Other Frequent Fear Pass options available
~ Vacation package
starts at $75 per adult, tax
inclusive if booked by Aug. 31 (Discounted rate available for a limited time only)
· 1-night accommodations at a Universal
· 1-night admission to Halloween Horror
· Admission to select live entertainment venues
at Universal CityWalk
· Upgrade to one of three AAA Four Diamond
Award® deluxe on-site hotels at Universal
Orlando to enjoy priority access to a special
Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event
night until 8 p.m.