Plants vs. Zombies experience coming to Carowinds

Staff report

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena will open in the spring of 2016. This is concept art of the arena.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena will open in the spring of 2016. This is concept art of the arena.

3-D gaming is coming to Carowinds with a new Plants vs. Zombies attraction.

The “intra-active” game allows players to shoot at the opposing team’s screen with laser devices. The Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Area has massive screens, surround sound and motion-based seats. Teams will compete in an almost five minute backyard battle, where they’ll shoot screens with blasters and track their scores as they go.

Carowinds officials tout the new attraction as the world’s first intra-active 3-D game experience. The game is expected to be ready by the spring of 2016.

“This wildly popular brand has such a universal appeal and aligns perfectly with our promise to deliver the best day experience ever,” said Mike Fehnel, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager.

The new attraction, exclusive to Carowinds, is based on the Planets vs. Zombies Garden Warfare franchise – an over-the-top shooter video game series that drops a player into a crazy, all-out battle between plants and zombies in their fight for suburbia.

The newest release from the franchise, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, will also launch spring 2016 and for the first time, zombies have taken over and plants are on the attack.

Players will join the battle with new characters such as Super Brainz, a zombie super hero who thinks he’s an 80’s action movie star, and Citron, a bounty-hunting orange from the future.

“We’re always striving to create new and unique ways for people to experience the Plants vs. Zombies universe,” said Jeremy Vanhoozer, senior creative director, Plants vs. Zombies franchise. “Our franchise is all about creating fun moments and doing things differently. This first-ever interactive Garden Warfare attraction from Carowinds will be unlike anything people have seen before and we can’t wait for them to experience it next spring.”

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena

  • 68 motion-based seats equipped with hand-held laser devices
  • Nearly 3,600 square foot arena
  • Two 14-foot, 6-inch x 26-foot screen with independent surround sound
  • The attraction will run approximately ten times per hour to accommodate between 600 to 700 people
  • Players can purchase photos in the attraction’s retail store
  • The attraction will inside the newly transformed Action Theater in the County Fair section of the park