The Walking Dead – The Ride is set to open at Thorpe Park this Easter, and is said to be an “immersive multi-sensory roller coaster that will feature special effects and a replica of the iconic watchtower from the series,” as reported by Sam McCaffrey for Blooloop.
The Walking Dead got its start as a comic book series written by Robert Kirkman for Image Comics, before being adapted into the fan-favorite TV series by AMC. The Walking Dead has also inspired several location-based experiences and spinoff video games. Now, the IP has inspired an all-new roller coaster.
The coaster will feature realistic and extensive theming throughout to bring the gruesome story to life, featuring scenes from all seasons of the show. Thorpe Park has described the coaster as a “relentless and terrifying ride for survival.”
Promotional material for the attraction tells the backstory for the ride, and says: “Thorpe Park Resort is overrun by Walkers and there is but one goal – survive. Making it to the sanctuary of the Safe Zone is vital for salvation. Located at the center of the Island, navigate your way to the safety of the indoor bunker – but be warned. All signs point to an imminent invasion of Walkers, so keep your head down and move quickly for your best chance of staying alive.”
This new roller coaster is at the center of the “Year of the Walking Dead” event for Thorpe Park, which includes a live-action themed maze this May, and a Zombie Hunt battle for survival throughout the summer and during Fright Nights in October.
For more information on Thorpe Park and this upcoming coaster, visit ThorpePark.com.