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Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios reveals opening date, first look

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Those who wish to be devoured by zombies need only wait a few more weeks.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s brand-new attraction based on The Walking Dead has set its official opening date for July 4, coinciding the zombie apocalypse right between pool time and fireworks. 

The attraction, as EW previously reported, is a permanent version of the park’s walk-through maze counterpart during the annual Halloween Horror Nights event. The new Walking Dead attraction remains a walk-through experience but has been revised and re-envisioned as an enhanced maze with recognizable props and locations from the show. Horrifyingly enough, it’ll boast a combination of actors in make-up and animatronic walkers.

That last part is thanks to Greg Nicotero, the show’s Emmy-winning special effects guru who is now on hand to help adapt AMC’s record-breaking series once again for the theme park. Universal released a new behind the scenes video offering a first look at some of the goodies — including Bicycle Girl! — fans can expect:

“For me, something that’s very exciting is being able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible,” Nicotero says. “We’re getting a chance to do animatronic characters that we’ve never done before. We’re getting a chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show, and translate them into parts of the attraction. It’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art. I can’t wait.”

The attraction is being built in a new custom structure right inside the park’s main entryway and just a stone’s throw away from Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest endeavor, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened in April.

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