And to mark the occasions, it has launched a behind-the-scenes look into the making of this permanent walk-through feature.
The captivating two-minute video features insightful commentary from Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of The Walking Dead as he tours his LA-based special effects studio, KNB Efx, which is responsible for masterfully creating the show’s—and now the attraction’s—realistic decaying walkers.
“After six years of working on The Walking Dead, we have a great opportunity to take The Walking Dead out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” said Nicotero.
“It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible. We’re getting the chance to utilise moulds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction. We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see – it’s never been done before and it’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art – I can’t wait.”
To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with The Walking Dead’s creative team, including Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilise original moulds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.