Fans of The Walking Dead may find themselves making a trek to Florida or California this Fall. Both Universal Studios themeparks—Orlando and Hollywood—are set to launch their annual “Halloween Horror Nights” experiences, featuring multiple haunted houses set up on various soundstages inside each studio complex (where actual production takes place, only feet away from rides and attractions). While Universal’s creative team has put massive energy into the project, reinventing it on an annual basis, the 2012 edition stands out, featuring a new house created in collaboration with AMC called The Walking Dead: Dead Inside.
Jim Timon, senior vice president of Universal Orlando’s entertainment team told Paste it was a “natural conversation” with AMC and that Greg Nicotero, the renowned makeup artist for the series, worked directly with Universal to create experiences drawn directly from famed scenes from the series. Show director Patrick Braillard confirms that “you get to walk through the hospital that Rick wakes up in, you get to walk onto the rooftop where Merle has to unfortunately lop off a body part, you’re gonna walk through Hershel’s barn maybe or maybe not before it burns to the ground. You’re going to experience deer eater, bicycle girl, well walker, a herd and 75 additional walkers out in the street in the park. We have Dale’s RV out there!”
Additional houses include one based on the video game Silent Hill, an Alice Cooper-themed house and a Penn & Teller house featuring a magic trick gone horribly wrong. Halloween Horror Nights runs select nights from Sept. 21 through Oct. 31 in both Orlando and Hollywood. Tickets and further information are available at halloweenhorrornights.com.