Earlier this week, I got the chance to experience the brand new Walking Dead themed year-round haunt that was just added to Universal Studios Hollywood. Before I start the review, I just wanted to apologize for the lack of photos in this review. Unfortunately, Universal does not allow photography in their indoor attractions, so I was unable to photograph the maze. With that being said, on to the review.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
As soon as you enter the queue, you are immersed in beautiful sets. The queue, themed around an abandoned hospital, is very creepy and well themed. From blood splattered around the walls, to barriers holding the doors closed, it definitely adds tension to you experience. As soon as you enter the maze you go down a corridor which ends with a walker behind a glass door. You then turn a corner and enter a forest. There is a small clearing with an animatronic walker and one scare actor in this room. Next, comes one of the coolest effects in the maze, the burning house. While the effect is cool if walking by, it definitely loses it’s incredible realism if you look at it too long. After you pass the house you begin to enter what appears to be a military base. Before you enter, a walker jumps out at you in full military attire, definitely one of the best scares. Once in the base, you go down a corridor which has silhouettes of military people fighting walkers through the window. You enter a large room with a soldier and one walker. This walker, to me, had the longest interval between scares, as only 1 in every 10 people got to experience him. as you exit the military base you see another soldier and 2 more walkers. Finally, you go through a thin corridor with only fences between you and hordes of walkers.
Overall, while I really liked The Walking Dead, it is not without its flaws. The maze definitely seemed short, with the lack of scare actors definitely contributing to that. I only counted ten in total, which is a very low number for a maze. Also, a few of the walkers have too long of intervals between scares, which is problematic considering the low number of actors. That being said, I definitely love the maze, as it has amazing sets and fun effects. I would definitely recommend trying the maze when at the park, but it doesn’t need to be one of your priorities.
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