A zombie infestation has broken out beyond the halls of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con at nearby Petco Park and horror fans are invited to see if they can survive it. The experience is called The Walking Dead Escape, named for the popular comic book (and subsequent AMC TV series) “The Walking Dead.” In celebration of the comic’s 100th issue, participants can immerse themselves in what’s both an exhaustive and exhausting adventure that puts survival skills to the test.
The Walking Dead Escape not only requires a love for all things zombie, but also the stamina to make it through a grueling obstacle course while avoiding each walker’s touch and infection. Much like a real zombie apocalypse might be, this course is no easy task. Those who take on the challenge can expect commotion, panic, and startles. Moreover, survivors are expected to run, climb, slide, jump, dodge, duck, crawl nearly non-stop for at least 20-30 minutes. It may sound like a lot to expect out of paying participants – and it is – but as soon as the first zombie breaks loose and begins its hunt, survival instincts kick in and there’s no looking back.
See for yourself in the videos below, one offering quick highlights and the other showing the the entire experience, with running commentary by me during lulls in the action. (Please pardon the bad acting.)
Video: The Walking Dead Escape overview at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Video: FULL The Walking Dead Escape experience at San Diego Comic-Con
UPDATE (8/7/12): The folks behind The Walking Dead Escape have uploaded the full news reel loop that was playing on Petco Park monitors throughout the experience:
The story of The Walking Dead Escape begins as Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres baseball team, has been overrun by infection. FEMA has stepped in to evacuate the premises, but won’t admit to a zombie infestation. Government control is anything but when walkers are involved, a lesson quickly learned within the first couple minutes of entering the experience.
Participants are guided along a linear path through the walkways surrounding the Petco Park field, up and down stairs, around corners, over barricades, under tables, and through doorways, never knowing what to expect next – other than more zombies, of course. A rapid pace is encouraged by those working there, playing into the story that everyone must evacuate as quickly as possible without being touched.