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
A Detroit entrepreneur wants to turn part of the city into a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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.'"