Screen Rant vs The Walking Dead Escape: A Comic-Con Experience

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am,

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STAGE THREE – HERD HIGHWAY

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Finally we hit a long stretch of open territory, where zombies peppered the course every few yards. The large number of zombies – combined with a lack of places to hide or avoid them – had survivors dropping left and right. Not my group, though. We managed to make it through stage three unscathed – or so we thought.

It was during the second part of a two-stage obstacle (where we had to crawl through tunnels while zombies lunged at us) that we lost the mighty Iron Fist. There was no time to mourn our fallen comrade, though, as there were still zombies to avoid - and the hardest part of the course lay ahead of us: yup, more stairs.

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STAGE FOUR – ZOMBIE INFESTATION

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Paul Young - Running on Empty.

By this point, fatigue had set in and my out-of-shape blogger body was struggling to maintain the pace Aaron and Juliet were setting. I had given in to simply walking past the zombies while performing a lackluster, but effective, “spin move” to avoid their deadly infections.

However, as we rounded the corner we were greeted by hundreds of spectators and I dug deep to find my second wind, determined to give the people a show. While most survivors were content to avoid the zombies using partitions strategically placed on the course, I decided it was time to face those Walkers head on.

With pep in my step and a war cry in my throat, I made a beeline for a female zombie. Just as she reached for me, I gave her the ol’ hand-to-the-face stiff arm, striking - what  Anthony described as - ‘a zombie Heisman pose.’ The crowd cheered enthusiastically and I confronted every zombie in that area with the same vigor – tossing trash cans and barrels to the side in an attempt to cut off the zombie’s paths.

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Another two-stage obstacle lay before us, claiming the life of Juliet; but Aaron and I breezed through with no problem. Our group had dwindled to two, and I had my doubts about whether I could make it across the rope bridge while still avoiding the flesh-craving zombies. After a Mexican standoff with a zombie that lasted about a minute, I thought all hope was lost. Fortunately bait a 13-year-old survivor boy drew his attention away long enough for me to slip by and join Aaron on the other side.

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STAGE FIVE – EVACUATION ZONE

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There was just a little bit left to go and we would be home free, but first we had to avoid one last zombie confrontation. There were two of us and four zombies, so Aaron and I took the divide and conquer approach. He went one way. I went the other. It was working fine until Aaron got trapped in a corner. Poor Aaron. He was such a good partner, but during the zombie apocalypse, it’s every man for himself.

There was no obstacle to conquer in this stage, but rather we were sent through a decontamination tent where FEMA agents in hazmat suits inspected us for any signs of infection using black lights. If you were infected, then they gave you a “cure” in the form of a temporary tattoo to wear. I received no such tattoo because - unlike Anthony Ocasio’s trip to Tijuana during Spring Break 2005 - I made it through with no infection!

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CONCLUSION

Overall, The Walking Dead Escape was a unique experience that, while a tad expensive ($75 to be a Survivor/$90 to be a Zombie/ $15 to be a Spectator), is a lot of fun and I’d recommend you check it out if you go to Comic-Con 2013. Hopefully next year we can get more of the Screen Rant crew to do this as a group – like a team-building exercise, except, you know, some team members get eaten.

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  1. Haa, loved The Punisher on the course, followed by an imitation Punisher (you have the wrong skull there buddy!)

    :D

  2. Nice, I went to this on Thursday, the first day. It was extremely exhausting, to say the least. It was much more taxing than I had anticipated. Lots of fun.

    • @ZombieHunter – Woot! I did it on Friday and I was still sore 4 days later. Boy am I out of shape lol

      Paul

  3. Great article Paul! Thanks again for the run! It was nice of them at Pecto Park to make us use the stairs! (Trust us folks, there were A LOT of stairs involved)

  4. I did a 1/2 shift as a zombie on Sat 7/14 and it was a BLAST. So much fun, that I actually stayed for a whole shift and if my feet hadn’t been screaming, I’d have stayed longer. Worth every penny, IMO. If you guys do the zombie run next year, let us know what your time slot is in advance. I will SO zombie up to have some fun with the gang. :D

  5. Ahaha, I guess, um, thank you calling us teenagers? We’re 25 to 31 actually :D

  6. sweet article this sounds awesome!!!!Wish i could have seen it.

  7. i went to this and loved it. lets see the roommate was apparently infected and they “shot” him at the end point when you make it through. the boyfriend and i were supposedly uninfected after several close calls with zombies. oh and this one chick was walking around with a zombie bite mark on her butt which i thought was hilarious.

  8. My friend and I were beyond excited to be professionally made up as zombies and “haunt” the course as advertised. However, we we extremely displeased with our experience. We basically paid to work, which is not what was advertised. My WalkingDeadEscape experience consisted of hours of waiting around in absolute boredom. The 10 min makeup job I received was fairly cool, but certainly not worth 80$. After being “zombified” I was directed to my section from which I would “haunt the grounds”. What was my section? I was at the end, the grand finale…being yelled at to get back in a cage and wait for the survivors o run through. The volunteers sure seemed to be having a blast, and they got tshirts and vip passes ta boot, while me and my friends were stuck bored in cages, waiting and waiting and waiting to have the opportunity to shuffle and groan at a survivor that would run past.

    I paid $78 for a ticket, a b******* $7.50 mandatory fee, and $14 for processing…all so I could stand around for hours, getting ordered to be a zombie in small boring cage. I paid to work and got nothing out of it, while the volunteers who paid nothing had much more fun, freedom, and perks. Furthermore, there was no mention of the College discount when I purchased my tickets, and I saw that this was an option only after I had already given hours of my time.

    The WalkingDeadEscape falsely advertised the Walker experience. No one should have to pay the ridiculous amount that I did just to work for these people in a state of boredom and disappointment.

  9. We got to run The Walking Dead Escape 2013 and had a blast. We made it through uninfected. We recorded a HD POV video showing off the entire course.

    http://youtu.be/vOFupZXFJxQ

    Anyone else do it?

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