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Walking Dead to spend third year at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios

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As more evidence of The Walking Dead's insane level of popularity, Universal Studios Florida is bringing the walkers back for the third year in a row. Last year, virtually every scare zone featured walkers, and there was also a Walking Dead-themed haunted house. This year will bring a house, too, but one that's much more massive. Universal says it will literally be double the size of a typical haunted house and will be the largest that Halloween Horror Nights has ever featured.

If you aren't already familiar with season four, you'll want to get up to speed before the event begins on September 19. The house will be based on that season, with the prison cell block at the beginning, followed by an escape to the massive Big Spot location. You'll see a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling before you head to the dilapidated country club that's overrun with walkers. By the end, you'll be at the End of the Line – Terminus and stagger your way out after encountering new scares and never-before-seen walkers.

Was it a hard choice to make it a three-peat for the walkers? According to Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team, "Bringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, The Walking Dead is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and season four offered many new and unique environments and walkers.

"This year, we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done in the history of our event."

As in past years, you can purchase single night or multi-night tickets, including the usual varieties of the Frequent Fear pass that's so popular with locals. The information is all available on www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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