Detroit may soon belong to the dead

Have you ever been to Detroit?  At one of the locations I work out of, I get a beautiful view of the Detroit skyline from across the Detroit River.

However Motown is not always a pretty sight, especially when you factor in the fact that the city is broke, on the verge of receivership to the state of Michigan, and some places are just a little bit scary.  Taking a drive down some of the older, neglected parts of the D gives you an appreciation for all the things that you have.  Many of the areas of the city are run down and decrepit.  Some might see it as the ruins of a once great city, fuelling the world’s auto industry and pumping out musical sensations.

Mark Siwak sees the city as the perfect backdrop for a zombie-themed amusement park.

The basic idea of Z-World (ugh…really, Mark?  Really?) is that visitors would enter the park, which would be an area of abandoned buildings, and be chased by zombies.  The survivors would have to band together to find a safe haven for the night, taking shelter in some of those abandoned buildings and foraging for supplies.  While presumably…fighting off zombies.  As the game progressed throughout the night, more zombies would attack and chase after visitors, adding to the post-apocalyptic free-for-all.

Siwak claims that the idea for an apocalyptic theme park came to him when he heard Detroit mayor Dave Bing’s suggestion of cutting services to under-used portions of the city to save costs.  Yes, Bing’s idea is essentially to abandon parts of the city.

Of course these abandoned, burned out buildings that populate many areas of the city wouldn’t be dangerous, per se.  The buildings would be purchased and be made safe for people to actually enter, let alone make it through the night.

Detroit blogger Sarah Cox criticized the entire idea, writing that “it sounds a lot like all that fun we had during the 1960s race riots.”  She also said that “It’s nice to know Z Land is finally going to capitalize on our love of adrenaline rushes and nostalgia.  Now even visitors from the burbs can ‘wonder if they will make it through the night.'”  It sounds like Sarah Cox is the most fun person in the world.  However she’s not the only one, as the YouTube page is filled to the brim with comments criticizing the idea.

Despite how it might initially appear, Siwak claims that the idea came to him not out of hate, but a love for the city he grew up in.

I don’t want this to be viewed as ripping on Detroit.  This would bring jobs.  An interest.  I would just like to see Detroit resurrected to its former grandeur.

Currently, Siwak is only about six grand into his $145,000 goal at indiegogo.  Help spread the word!

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  • Won’t work. Way too much liability. And even if you could find a way around that, you run into the issue of the players actually playing along as a Zombie. What’s to say they don’t wipe off the make-up, take off the tracker, whatever, and play as a survivor again just because they died early on because THEY SUCK. LMAO. Then you have the issue of financing and insurance. No insurance company would put their neck on the line for a bunch of asbestos laden, rust covered buildings.

    • Janus

      The buildings would be retrofitted to be safe again for people to actually enter them. Not too positive that the ‘survivors’ would turn into zombies though afterwards.

      • Fecal_Sandwich

        The overhead cost of “retrofitting” abandoned buildings in the Detroit area would be astronomical. Too much to have private shareholders split the cost. Too much to put you in a whole new risk class for lenders. It won’t happen.

        The insurance costs of covering a theme park that is based on open-area, chase and pursuit games, doesn’t even exist. It’s one thing to pick up limited term insurance for seasonal businesses that open haunted house type amusements. It’s an entirely different beast to run a year-round amusement park, based on flight and pursuit, with all human performers. Insurance would have to cover park-goers, as well as the “actors”, in the case that park-goers try to fight an actor. It won’t happen.

        The population, at large in the U.S., might still deep into it’s love affair with judgement day/the zombie apocalypse/survival scenarios, but the type of crowd that would actually pay to be a part of this is so niche that it could never sustain a full-blow park. It won’t happen.

        It’s a grand idea, yep, but not practical. If you have any sort of doubt about the reality of starting a theme park like this – look up Reed Street Productions on Google, find a contact number, and ask them how much they had to go through in order to get insurance for their ‘Run For Your Lives’ 5k series that they provide. Keep in mind, this is a one-and-done obstacle 5k race, that is insured as a race, but they have to maintain an insane alternate insurance roof for the actors they hire.

        • SOMEONE who understands. :::HUGS you!::: LOL

  • Red-Dragon-Cro

    Sounds cool tought what about weapons to fight off zombies?Would be cool if melee weapons and firearms were included.As melee to use plastic knives and so for mock-kills as for firearms airsoft pistols and shotguns(most common weapons) with paintball 6mm BBs(yes it does exist) as normal BBs wouldn´t leave trace and cheating would be easy.Ammo and weapons should be placed across the place in suitable spots as police cars or some houses.

    • To be completely honest, the mock kills would be lame, in my opinion. It’s just like playing cops and robbers as a kid. “I shot you first.” “No you didn’t.” “Yes I did. I shot you and you are supposed to die.” “Nuh uh…I have an invisible plasma shield that protects me from wuss bullets from a wuss gun.” :::Punches other person::: “How is that for ‘wuss’?” Yeah…I can see it all happening. And it makes me laugh.

  • TrueAnakin09

    Not practical. Execution will be extremely difficult and let’s just list the number of possible liabilities…

  • Fecal_Sandwich

    This is stupid and will never work.


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