'Walking Dead' theme park ride will feature show's characters, setting

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'Walking Dead' theme park ride will feature show's characters, setting

"The Walking Dead" could soon appear as a theme park ride — a little less gory and a little less violent, but featuring some of the same settings, weapons and, yes, zombies.

Sally Corp this week previewed its "The Walking Dead: Battle of Survival" mixed-media attraction, which has been in development for a year and is now being pitched to multiple theme parks, Rich Hill, Sally's creative director, told Inside the Magic.

Though there is no specific timeline in place, Hill said the ride is "going to be an anchor attraction for some park." It was previewed at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual expo this week.

"Battle of Survival" is a dark (meaning indoor) ride featuring projection screens, 3D glasses and interactive elements, Hill told Inside the Magic, as well as animatronic walkers and real fire, water and wind elements.

"Walking Dead" effects head Greg Nicotero is approving the ride's features, he said.

Riders will be able to choose their own weapon (from among the "TWD"'s iconic ad-hock armory, such as the katana and crossbow) and the attraction will have multiple endings, he said.

"The whole point is to collect supplies and defend yourself against walkers," Hill said. In one possible ending, the rider is unsuccessful — ending in the wrong kind of feast.

The ride will feature characters from the Georgia-based series, according to Inside the Magic, and will feature some of the same settings, such as Woodbury (which actually filmed in Senoia), Hill said. 

But the gore and violence that is a show trademark has been toned down for the ride, Hill said.

Even still, he said, it has "tons of scares" with "all the same feeling of the show."

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