Word of warning: This story is not a joke, although some may find it laughable. Anyone who’s familiar with the long-time economic slide affecting Detroit knows that the Motor City has steadily lost a lot more than jobs in the past 50-some years. It’s also lost 60 percent of its population. Vast parcels of land sit vacant, strewn with garbage and decimated hulks of factories, decaying houses, and overgrown parks.
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It’s the perfect setting for a zombie invasion.
In fact, as reported in the Daily Mail (via CBS Detroit) entrepreneur Mark Siwak has come up with the ghoulish idea to create a 200-acre zombie theme park on one of those appropriately sized tracts of land and call it ‘Z World Detroit.’ This is one of the more unique proposals before Mayor Dave Bing’s Detroit Works Project.
The idea, claims Siwak, involves customers paying money to take part in a 24-hour live-action terror experience, complete with the opportunity to be scared witless and have their brains “consumed” by flesh-eating zombies (who are actually professional actors).
Here’s the synopsis of this live-action theater: Participants arrive and park in the designated parking lot. They undergo a briefing in the staging area adjacent the Z headquarters where they learn the rules and the scenario for their overnight adventure. In brief, they search for shelter among the destroyed buildings, try to gather supplies, and attempt to survive the night without being eaten by the roving pack of zombies unleashed to find them.
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Hide among the ruins of a vacant church or hunker down in one of the abandoned factories and warehouses? Scavenge what you can from the debris and detritus left behind? What’s not to like about this unique theme park?
Game over if you’re attacked and devoured? Nope, you continue on as one of the “undead.” Think what a great story you’ll have to tell your friends.
No word yet about whether there’ll be any vehicles in this carved-out and patrolled by security section of the Motor City. But if there are any, they’re likely not going to last long (fuel being a non-existent commodity in long-abandoned areas). Maybe a ‘Z World Detroit’ promotional tie-in could be the 2013 Hyundai Elantra Walking Dead model?
Scroll down and check out the video for more information on ‘Z World Detroit.” Or go to the website to learn more. Think this idea is totally brainless or does it have the chance to see the light of day (along with the “survivors” of the overnight experience)? Let us know in the comments section below.
One more point: There is a precedent here. ‘Z World’ will supposedly follow in the footsteps of the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. Guess if it’s good enough for Atlanta, why not let visitors to the Motor City get in on the action?