I admit it, I have a slight zombie obsession, so naturally when I heard there was an an interactive tactical live-action zombie experience right in Abington, MA, I was all over it. Interactive you say? Yes, interactive! During the interactive experience you get to travel through a small city infested with zombies. Don’t worry, you will have the help of a guide and you’ll get a shotgun to shoot with to ensure you survive.
There are two areas of the city to be cleared at Boston Zombie Apocalypse. Chem Zone 44 contains slower Zombies and is a shorter experience. If you are nervous at all or are accompanying young people (no one under 8 allowed), then Chem Zone 44 is for you. Z-Swarm 617 is a longer battle through a larger more intense part of the city. You can do one or both.
Here’s the thing. I went last year and had a pretty bad experience. It was very poorly organized and I ended up waiting outside for over two hours in the cold. Once I was inside the building, it literally took less than five minutes to run through the experience and boom, we were done. I left there last year feeling very disappointed that I waited for that long to get in and it was over in just a few minutes.
But guess what, Boston Zombie Apocalypse has new owners this year. They really listened to all the feedback about people’s experiences last year and greatly improved things this year. Instead of having to stand in an extremely long line to wait for tickets, they are selling a limited number of tickets by the half hour to the two different zombie fields. That will ensure that you will enter your sector in a timely fashion without having to wait.
Chris and I were there this past weekend and were so happy that the whole process was streamlined. Our tickets were for 7:45 pm and we only had to arrive about 20 minutes early. It was so much better this year, so if you were turned off by your experience there last year, trust me – it’s not like that this year. Oh, and did I mention that they have a food truck there this year now, too. Last year while we waited for over two hours everyone in line kept saying that snacks would have been nice while we were waiting. See, the new owners listened!
Anyway, once it was our time to go in to the live action experience, we entered the building in a small group (about 8 people) and were met by a military guard who showed us how to use our shotguns and let us all have a practice shot at a target. Once we all got that, we met our guide who would be taking us through the city. He led us through the field and we defended our territory by shooting the zombies that came at us alongside the rest of our team.
You must sign a waiver before entering, though.
The total experience will include your weapons training session, military guide instruction, defending yourself through the field, then the decontamination exit. The whole experience in Chem Zone 44 will take approximately 15 minutes and Z-Swarm 617 will take approximately 20 minutes. Believe me, it’s an action-packed experience.
If you’re wondering, yes, the zombies can touch you (lightly, of course), but you may not touch them.
The chick in the picture with me above is my really good friend, Denise McDonuts (not her real name). She actually works at BZA doing some of the awesome makeup for the zombies. If you recall, she is the one who did the makeup for our family Christmas cards last year. She’s pretty awesome.
You have two options, Chem Zone 44 is $12 and Z-Swarm 617 is $20. Please Note: In person at our ticket booth Chem Zone 44 is $15 and Z-Swarm 617 is $25. Buying your tickets online is highly recommended. First of all, it’s cheaper to get your tickets online, second of all, by buying your tickets online you get to go at the time you want to go and third of all, you won’t get all the way there and find out that they are sold out for the night.
Here’s their calendar, so you can plan accordingly:
If you’re a zombie lover, you’re not going to want to miss your chance to experience this. I promise you won’t be disappointed. BZA is a unique and fun experience for anyone (over the age of 8) who wants live-action, hands on adventure. If you’re a couple that’s considering getting engaged, you especially should to go check out Boston Zombie Apocalypse. You’re going to want to see how your potential life partner reacts when the real apocalypse comes, right, so this is a great test.
Another thing I loved was that Joan and Randy, the owners, are on hand and they love hearing feedback, good or bad, about your experience. So if you go and you really like something, tell them – you’ll make their day. If you go and totally hated something, tell them that, too, because they might change it. They’re always looking for ways to improve, so don’t be shy if go and see them around.
Boston Zombie Apocalypse is located at 1437 Bedford Street (Route 18) in Abington, MA. GO!
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**Disclosure: Chris and I got to experience BZA at no charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**