Detroit's Salvation: Zombie Theme Park?

Post-apocalyptic theme park could bring tourism
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2012 11:37 AM CDT
Can Zombies Resurrect Detroit?
A Detroit entrepreneur wants to turn part of the city into a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland.   (Shutterstock)

You probably won't see this in any Chrysler commercials. Instead of tearing down some of Detroit's sketchier neighborhoods, a local entrepreneur thinks he can rejuvenate the city by turning it over to zombies. "I thought, 'What do we have around here?' A lot of abandoned buildings, blight, neighborhoods that are completely devastated," says Mark Siwak, who wants to open a role-playing park that would allow thrill-seeking guests to attempt surviving a night among the living dead.

Z World Detroit, based loosely on the popular zombie novel World War Z, would convert a decaying 200-acre urban area into a first-person zombie apocalypse, reports the Atlantic. "I think a lot of times when watching The Walking Dead, a lot of people would like to live in that world for just one day," said Siwak. "How would you react, what would you do?" Like a mix of laser tag and flag football, actors in zombie gear would "attack" guests by grabbing tear-away patches, and once they're "infected," those guests then become part of the zombie horde. "No biting. No hitting, nothing like that," says Siwak. "That would not fall under 'fun.'" (More zombies stories.)

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