'The Walking Dead' Attraction Opens At Universal Studios Theme Park; Here's A First Look [Video]

By Rachel Cruise, Parent Herald May 19, 11:31 pm

Families with teens looking to do something exciting this summer can begin planning for a trip to Universal Studios. The theme park is opening a new attraction patterned after the hit series "The Walking Dead." The site will open on July 4.

Universal Studios has long declared it was building the attraction at the theme park and its official opening was announced Wednesday, May 18. The site will have guests walking through "The Walking Dead" set, which is found in front of the famous theme park. The attraction will feature zombies, both human actors and animatronic, which visitors will have to face off, Los Angeles Times reports.

Greg Nicotero, the producer of "The Walking Dead" on AMC, served as consultant to the theme park and closely worked with KNB Efx, which is the company that did the robot zombies. "We're getting a chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction," said Nicotero, via Yahoo. "It's one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art and I can't wait."

Universal Studios came up with the attraction after observing that zombies were such a big hit during its occasional "Halloween Horror Night" event. With "The Walking Dead" at the park, the site will be open year-round and not just during October. It will be the second newly-opened attraction based on a movie or television show in the theme park this year.  Universal Studios opened its "Harry Potter" attraction to guests in April, Parent Herald previously reported.

However, it's been advised that "The Walking Dead" site is not for families with kids below 13 because the scary premise and effects will be intense, per IGN. Watch a preview of what the attraction looks like in the video below:

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