This event was part of our May/June 2019 USA Trip – click here for all the USA trip reviews.
If you have never watched the AMC series ‘The Walking Dead’ then this post will be of little interest to you – for the millions who do watch the show then read on!
The Walking Dead is filmed on location, in and around Senoia, Georgia – a small town not far from Atlanta. There is a studio tour offered at weekends, but that has to accommodate filming of the show – so there are dates when no tickets are available and you may even find that your tour is cancelled at short notice.
I booked two tickets for tours on both the May 25th and 26th – $146.90 for two adult tickets including taxes. As part of the process, each ticket owner has to sign a waiver – the waiver pretty much waives your rights to claim for any injury, including Walker bites, plus allows the studio to confiscate your phone/camera and erase pictures. You are only allowed to take a photo when told it’s okay and you consent to being searched for hidden camera equipment. Selfie sticks are banned – as they should be! I’m not sure how the waiver would stand up in court should some part of the set fall on you, but let’s assume that won’t happen.
We arrived at the entrance of Riverside Studios and parked in the visitor parking. The address for the studio entrance is 600 Chestlehurst Road, Senoia, Georgia 30276. Delivery of tour passes was a bit of a shambles – the tour organisers were friendly but amateur.
The tour bus arrived.
Our Saturday tour guide was Jes – probably the coolest tour guide ever.
Jes drove the tour bus through the studio, past ‘The Heaps’ to the lake where Rick and Aaron fight walkers in the lake.
Then we visited the site where Negan killed Glen and Abraham – we weren’t allowed to take pictures there.
Some tours visit Hilltop, but there was some big story event happening on that location that AMC didn’t want us anyone to see – it was a shame to miss that.
Next was ‘The Heaps’ and we could get off the bus and take pictures.
We went to the area and building that was previously used as the prison – it’s now mostly returned to just a series of sound stages, but was still recognisable.
The bus then left the studios and drove to Senoia – the location of Alexandria. We passed the entrance.
And the outside of the wall.
We drove in a side entrance, not used in the show. We are able to leave the bus and take some pictures in fixed directions.
The amazing thing about Alexandria is that seven families have their homes there within the walls. AMC have since built more houses, plus the church, town hall and windmill. It must be both weird and wonderful to live on a working film set.
We returned to the studios, via the road used for many of the driving scenes – we returned after the tour and recorded a video driving the road.
The tour ended back on a studio lot that housed numerous vehicles that you may recognise.
The iconic prison bus.
The top of the prison tower.
It was a great tour and we were happy to do the entire tour again the next day with Jessica – who was another great guide – maybe more detail orientated, so we gained something from both tours.
Tours have now stopped and there isn’t a date when they will resume. If you do manage to book a tour, be prepared for it to be cancelled at short notice.
After the tour we drove to the Saviour’s Outpost.
And into the town of Senoia – used as Woodbury. Here’s the Governor’s house.
A wall you may recognise.
Senoia is also home to Nic & Normans – a restaurant owned by Greg Nicotero (special effects creator) and Norman Reedus (Darryl).
We went there for dinner and I’ll write about that soon.
The train tracks look really familiar.
and on the other side of the tracks is Alexandria.
We drove around the general area for a few miles. Even places that probably weren’t in the series look like scenes from the show.