If someone asked you for a clever way to expand AMC’s The Walking Dead franchise, chances are you wouldn’t think to suggest “Make it a theme park ride!”, yet that’s exactly what is being done. Sally Corp, veteran builders of museum and theme park animatronics and attractions, used this year’s International Associatio of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) convention in Orlando, Florida to reveal The Walking Dead: Battle For Survival. All that’s needed at this point for the self-proclaimed “mixed media”, fully designed dark ride is a buyer and a place for it to set up camp.In a clever move by Sally Corp, they brought a detailed set and gruesome animatronic zombie to their booth at IAAPA, which got fans talking when pictures started being tweeted.
Inside the Magic was able to shoot a short video of the animatronic in action:
The details of the ride are still unknown to the public, but if we take a look at previous Sally Corp output, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a rough preview of what the ride may entail. 3d projection, animatronics, and physical sets are always major components of Sally Corp’s dark rides, all 3 elements being incorporated to provide a completely immersive environment; enhanced through screens and animated characters. Most recently they’ve been taking a page out of the books of the Men in Black: Alien Attack at Universal Studios and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Disney theme parks’ books and arming guests with plastic weapons that are capable of interacting with their surroundings.
Said weapons are usually some form of stun weapon, so while there may not be as much bloodshed as there is on the show, Inside the Magic has said that the ride will be more violent than your run of the mill theme park installment.
To show you a little bit of what Sally Corp can do, here is some footage of their most recent dark rides: Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D at Warner Bros. Movie World, followed by Justice League: Battle For Metropolis at Six Flags in Texas:
Taking into account that guests will be armed with weapons, we’re left with the fact that this ride is basically, in the crudest terms, a Walking Dead first person shooter video game. But with a fan base as large as The Walking Dead‘s, I’m sure there will be no shortage of patrons on line to try it out, wherever it ends up.
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