Thorpe Park’s annual Halloween ‘Fright Nights’ event has been terrifying guests for years. With a mix of intense walkthrough horror mazes and outdoor ‘scare zones’. In 2017, Thorpe Park made it’s biggest investment to date in the event by bringing on board the hit AMC TV show The Walking Dead as it’s main IP.
Paragon Creative was approached to design and build not one but two horror attractions based upon the Walking Dead.
In ‘The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare’, guests must travel through multiple iconic locations from the show including the Hospital (featuring the iconic “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” doors), the Governor’s Office, The Prison cell blocks and prison yard, a dark sewer and even a crashed school bus littered with corpses (some of which are no longer just dead). The encounter is bookended with an up close encounter with the villain ‘Negan’ – a world’s first!
Paragon Creative went through multiple design iterations, experimenting with different locations from the show until both Thorpe Park and AMC were happy with the mix, before developing the script and room-by-room content. The maze was then built from the ground up in just six weeks including all props scenery, AV and special effects.
In ‘The Walking Dead: Sanctum’ Paragon Creative built an outdoor labyrinth littered with wrecked vehicles, shipping containers, industrial props and lots of body parts. This acted as a terrifying set piece that guests must navigate, searching for a safe haven from the undead hordes, but instead finding a colony of cannibals, who are looking for their next meal.
The attractions debuted September 29th for Fright Nights 2017. Guests were both equal parts thrilled and terrified!
Our Client: Thorpe Park Resorts
Designed by: Paragon Creative