The zombie apocalypse is coming to Central Ohio this Halloween season as the walking dead infest SplatterPark’s newest paintball attraction, ZombiePark.
ZombiePark takes zombie hunters on an interactive, thrilling hayride through walking-dead infested woods where riders shoot live zombies and other strategic targets with paintball guns to eradicate the zombie infestation of 2013. Open now through November 2, the attraction runs every Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“Zombies are more popular now than ever, and people want to feel like they can be part of the walking dead phenomenon,” said Mike Miller, SplatterPark president. “We created ZombiePark to fulfill that interest and to allow paintball to be more accessible to non-traditional players as well as our high school and college-aged core player.”
The ride is available to anyone ages 5 years and up. Riders may first take practice shots at the Zombie Target Range Test Facility. While riders wait to board the Zombie Hunting Vehicle, a video entertains participants with a zombie infestation backstory. The backstory also is available on YouTube with ZombiePark Breaking News coverage or at zombiepark.com.
“Paintball has evolved over the years from a sport to activity and now to an attraction,” Miller explains. “We have customers who have always wanted to participate in a paintball activity but were afraid of trying it. The hayride allows riders to have all the fun of paintball but without getting shot or dirty. It’s well suited for families, dates, school-aged groups, and sorority and fraternities.”
The Zombie Hunting Vehicles, which are equipped with blue lights to light the targets, weave through a dark path covering 30-acres of woods filled with live, roaming zombie actors. Admission is $19 and includes 100 UV-reactive paintballs and unlimited access to the target test range. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio at 5560 County Road 109, ZombiePark also offers a VIP Package for $29 to skip the line.
“In the dark, it is a completely different experience, and that is when it starts to get really fun,” Miller adds. “We also offer some daylight hours for younger children or the more squeamish.”
At ZombiePark, safety is the first priority. Zombie actors are fully protected with facemasks and padded coveralls beneath their zombie costumes. The paintball guns also are mounted to the Zombie Hunting Vehicle for rider safety.
To purchase tickets, visit zombiepark.com or call 1-800-815-2204. Reservations are recommended. Follow SplatterPark on Twitter and Like us on Facebook for updates and discounts as the Zombie Resistance battles the dead.
About SplatterPark: SplatterPark is rated as the premier paintball facility in the Midwest and is featured in the Activision hit paintball video game Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball. It is the largest paintball park between New York and Chicago with 40 acres of park and 12 playing fields. Catering to all levels of play, the park is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for open play and private groups. The park also is available by appointment for private groups during the week. ZombiePark is open Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. during the Halloween season. The park is closed during the last half of December until the beginning of March. Visit www.splatterpark.com to learn more.