The Walking Dead Returns To TV This Sunday

So who’s excited for AMC’s The Walking Dead returning tomorrow? To help prepare you for the mid-season premiere, here’s a new video of TWD star Christian Serratos coming face-to-face with walkers in The Walking Dead Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Does she survive?  Find out below…


Universal Studios Hollywood has unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new The Walking Dead permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most-watched show in cable television history.

This newly enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions. To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with TWD’s creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it is among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show. The attraction is a must do for all HHN fans!

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Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, the attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most-watched show in cable television history. TWD attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry.

Whereas Orlando’s Universal Studios lost “the Shark in the Dark” tradition at HHN, Hollywood’s event now has a new tradition;  so enjoy the second half premiere tomorrow!

Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

Clues Clues Clues

Hello everybody, I know its been a rather long time since you’ve heard from me but the seemingly endless lull in haunt season is over and we have RUMORS!!!! It’s around this time every year that we start to watch both the HHN Hollywood and the HHN Orlando Twitter feed to see what clues they release to us and recently they have been providing some interesting theories. I know the HHN fan Facebook page has been abuzz with fan theories and suggestions but here is what we know for sure, I will start with Hollywood and finish with Orlando.

For Hollywood we have been given three codenames, via their Twitter feed and the ever so awesome John Murdy. The first Codename we have is “Lemonade”. We know that this maze will be based on a movie but we have no confirmation on what that title will be. Based on the Tweet John had sent out it was roughly 119 pages long but yesterday seems to have brought some different ideas and apparently while working on the 4th maze there was some “substantial redesigning” of that first maze treatment. According to the team the codename works even better now so perhaps we have sunken deeper into the IP material.

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The Second Codename for Hollywood is “Charles”. This project apparently holds a special place in John’s heart and is apparently “the trickiest maze they have ever done”. Could this mean a property never seen before as a haunted attraction anywhere? Many people, including a good friend to this site Dr. Jimmy, believe that perhaps this is a direct link to The Shinning. Now Stephen King has long blocked any attempt to make any of his properties into haunts but maybe just maybe Universal was able to woo him with what they created in The Exorcist maze last year. One tweet that caught my eye when looking at the tweets for this second code name said this “In the middle of writing the treatment for maze #2 and working on a super iconic scene that is damn near impossible to realize in a maze…”. Does this mean the Iconic river of blood streaming from the elevator doors?

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The third and final confirmed Codename as of right now for Hollywood is “Writers Block”. This tweet came with a picture of a nice little present from John’s wife and an interesting hint. “The M and the N are gone! A clue?” is this a clever clue or is he simply trying to throw us off of the trail. The thing about Codenames is, so early on it is hard to really get a good feeling on any of them because the possibilities are nearly endless.

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Now moving on to Orlando and the tweets from the always entertaining Mike Aiello. HHN Orlando has been relatively quiet on the Codename front but we do have one to work with so far. “Checkmate” Mike has said almost nothing on details for the house so as of right now any thing you hear is really just rumors but some of the rumors that I have been hearing flying around the HHN fan Facebook page are; Hellraiser, Chucky, SAW and The Shinning. Orlando tends to keep us guessing on codenames a bit longer then Hollywood but I do expect to hear more being announce in the very near future.

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I hope you enjoyed the article ladies and gents. I know how excruciating it can be waiting for haunt season to arrive once again but as always keep your eyes posted on HHNUnoffical and we will bring you the latest info as soon as it is released. Also let us know in the comments what you think those codenames mean!

Murdy Provides Clues to HHN

John Murdy, the Creative Director for HHN in Hollywood has again taken to Twitter to answer a number of fan questions.  For fans of Orlando there’s a few tidbits that are interesting, so we’ve attached the most interesting answers and our comments below. Enjoy!

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Commentary: This tweet shows that due to the fact that Universal relies on outside IPs, these relationships and contracts are always subject to change and though he says they might be locked in, there is still some road to go to get these houses fully approved.

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Commentary: HHN Hollywood seems to share a few properties each year with Orlando, so we can scrub any repeats from previous years, no Exorcist, American Werewolf, Aliens Vs Predator, Halloween etc. Note: Direct repeats are different to returning franchises or returning characters that may return from previous years though in different designed mazes/houses.

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Commentary: No 3D mazes for Hollywood, which has no bearing on Orlando – Orlando has 9 or 10 slots to fill!

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Commentary: Universal on both coasts have been trying to get the rights to Stephen King’s books (and films/TV shows) since the mid 1990s but King has always declined Universal’s advances.  Fanboys for years have screamed for a Salem’s Lot or Pet Cemetery but alas King is still not for turning… sadly! 

 

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Commentary: On a recent episode of Universal After Dark, I spilled the beans on why Bill and Ted got cancelled in Hollywood.  A certain A-lister was not happy about our beloved B&T and it got cancelled mid-run.  This has no bearing on Orlando, so don’t worry, the bodacious duo will be back this year for HHN27!

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Commentary: Maybe he’s trolling us? Maybe he isn’t?  It’s too early to say.  What we do know is that he has talked about a maze that he “doesn’t know quite know how he’s gonna do it”.  So that should be interesting…

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Commentary: This says, “we done it before, but it’ll be in a new way”.  Chucky has been done maaaaany times at Hollywood… or is that too obvious?

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Commentary: Knowledge is power.

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Commentary: Orlando has had a Dead Silence house (10 years ago and it was awesome!) but this says more than what Murdy is intending.  He’s essentially saying that the houses they look to do at Hollywood are now two things: popular and recent – and not necessary in that order or both.  So expect to see more easily recognizable characters and movies from the last year or so at this event.  But how many of these popular franchises will be shared with Orlando?

Will you be visiting both events?  Let us know in the comments!