Consider yourself warned. An undead hoard is once again headed for San Diego next week for two days of macabre mayhem just outside Comic-Con.
AMC has again joined forces with Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Ruckus Sports for the second annual The Walking Dead Escape, a zombie obstacle course at Petco Park during Comic-Con weekend in San Diego, July 19th and 20th.
And yes, I will be immersing myself into this haunted world, fending off infection and hoping to leave with both shoes intact and no bloody toes or torn shorts this year.
More than 1.6 million people have watched me stumble my way through last year’s course:
Or, if you don’t have 30 minutes to burn, here’s a 2-minute overview of 2012′s madness:
The Walking Dead Escape allows fans to live out the events from the top-rated AMC series and this year the experience is elevated with new props, scenes, and obstacles.
“After overwhelming positive feedback from those who experienced ‘The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego’ last summer, we wanted to bring our fans an even bigger and better experience for 2013. As promised, we will be upping the ante as we bring on board celebrated and renowned new partner, AMC,” said Liam Brenner, founder of The Walking Dead Escape and Ruckus Sports.
Fans may choose among three ways to participate in this epic adventure; as a “Survivor” racing through the zombie-infested evacuation zone with familiar scenes and props from the show and comic book series; as a “Walker” in the undead horde or as a “Spectator” watching the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party.
The course is open July 19 & 20 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm where Survivors can climb, crawl and slide as part of the adventure and to also avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers. The Walking Dead Escape is not a race and Survivors are not timed. The goal is for the Survivors to reach the decontamination zone where their level of infection – if any – is determined by a confidential military scan. Walkers are transformed into the undead by professional makeup teams and released on the course to haunt the living.
In addition, this year participants and spectators alike can immerse themselves in The Walking Dead Fan Festival, an interactive “after party” featuring games, food, and merchandise from all facets of The Walking Dead universe.
For more information or to register for the event, visit thewalkingdeadescape.com.
And return to Inside the Magic after July 19 to see if I survived this year’s zombie apocalypse.