Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Zombies are about to become a permanent fixture at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The theme park announced plans Monday for a permanent walk-through attraction based on “The Walking Dead,” placing visitors into the zombie- infested world of the hit AMC television series.

“‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis, since its debut,” said Larry Kurzweil, president of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We’re taking its intensity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award- winning production team to create an authentic living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

For the past three years, Universal Studios has presented a “Walking Dead”-themed maze during its seasonal “Halloween Horror Nights” attraction, but the new attraction will be open year-round. The attraction is set to open this summer, although an exact date for its debut has not been set.     Theme park officials said they are working with the show’s executive producer/director Greg Nicotero and special effects company KNB Efx to recreate the show’s decaying zombies to make the attraction “a living version of the show.” It will feature zombies both alive and animatronic, along with props replicated from the show to sink visitors into the “Walking Dead” world.

The attraction will be housed in a custom-built complex just inside the theme park’s main entry.

“The Walking Dead” attraction will continue a revamping of the famed theme park, which has already added so-called “immersive” environments based on the “Despicable Me” films and Springfield from “The Simpsons” animated series. That effort will take another big step forward April 7, with the much- anticipated opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

—Staff and wire reports

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