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All Roads Lead to Terminus

Posted on: March 16th, 2014 by Carrie Gwin 1 Comment

Fans of The Walking Dead know Terminus as the ominous, supposed sanctuary for all survivors of the zombie apocalypse. In the show, there are various signs posted along the train tracks that claim “Those who arrive, survive.” Little is known about this promising safe haven, such as whether or not it’s really safe, who is in charge at this new location, and most importantly, will the prison group find each other there? However, there’s little doubt that the trek to Terminus and what happens there will be a huge story line in the upcoming episodes and season of The Walking Dead.

Map of Terminus on The Walking Dead, photo: AMC

Map of Terminus on The Walking Dead, photo: AMC

But what about the real Terminus? It seems that the creators of The Walking Dead certainly did their research on the history of Atlanta. Did you know that Terminus was, in fact, a real place in Georgia a long time ago?

Depiction of Atlanta in the mid-1800s

Depiction of Atlanta in the mid-1800s

Terminus was once the original name for Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. The naming of the city dates way back (we’re talking pre-Civil War) to 1837. The Georgia General Assembly wanted to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad in hopes of creating a link between Georgia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Midwest. Surveyors checked out several spots east of the Chattahoochee River to be the terminus, which literally means end of the line, for this new railroad. Eventually they settled on an area and placed a stake in the ground to commemorate the location. Later a marker, known as the Zero Mile Post, was put into place in the location that is presently known as Five Points in Downtown Atlanta. This location marked exactly where the Western and Atlantic lines would terminate. Eventually, the area began to develop and the city was appropriately dubbed “Terminus.” Terminus was later changed to “Marthasville,” before finally settling on “Atlanta” in 1845. The city began to flourish and by 1855, there were four major rail lines coming though the city of now nearly 6,025 residents, solidifying Atlanta’s role as the rail hub for the entire South.

Zero Mile Post, photo: Joeffe Davis

Zero Mile Post, photo: Joeffe Davis

Kudos to The Walking Dead for appropriately incorporating some pieces of Atlanta’s history into the show! Now we’ll just have to wait and see if this Terminus is as promising and successful as the Terminus of the past…

Get Your Dead On In Atlanta This Weekend!

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by patti No Comments

We can’t wait!

 

It’s almost here! Sunday is the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead and we are all so excited.

If you are in Atlanta, where should you go to watch?

Here are some of our favorite viewing parties.

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One of Atlanta’s biggest viewing parties happens here. Costume contests, trivia, prizes and there’s always a chance you might spy a cast member.

Cool Factor: 5 stars. Greg Nicotero has been known to show up here.

Chances of getting in: 2 stars. Unless you arrive at 3 p.m. you may not get a seat. It’s that popular.

Bottle Rocket Atlanta

Our personal favorite. Why? It’s in our neighborhood and that’s always a plus. More trivia with prizes and raffles featuring super coolio TWD treats.

Cool Factor: 5 stars. Don’t look now, but we met Norman Reedus here. For realz.

Chances of getting in: 4 stars. This gem in Castleberry Hill is still kind of tucked away. Ask Norman. But don’t wait until showtime or you may not get a seat.

The Roswell Tap

For those of you who live north of town. And drink specials galore. Lots of crazy fun cocktails based on our favorite characters.

Cool Factor: 4 stars. We’d be there if we lived top of the perimeter.

Chances of getting in: 3 stars. Mainly we gave the Tap 3 stars because we’ve never been to an event there. But they like us on Facebook so they must be cool.

Although not a viewing party, you will be able to meet a cast member or two at this weekend’s Days of the Dead convention at the Sheraton Downtown. We’ll be there, too!

And you can ALWAYS get your dead on with our Big Zombie Tours. What better way to get ready for the new episodes?

There you go. Tell us where you are watching the mid-season premiere and any cool spots we are missing.

AMT Gifts & Concessions Grand Opening With Star of The Walking Dead, IronE Singleton!

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by patti 2 Comments

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Things are going to get a little wild on Friday the 13th at Atlanta Movie Tours!

Join us on Friday, September 13th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM for The Grand Opening of our store, Atlanta Movie Tours Gifts and Concessions.

 Get a zombie makeover from professional make-up artists

 Meet Walkers from AMC’s popular zombie drama, The Walking Dead

 8:00-9:00 PM: IronE Singleton, best known for his roles in The Walking Dead and
The Blind Side, will be signing copies of his book Blindsided by the Walking Dead.
Books must be purchased prior to the party at Atlanta Movie Tours Gifts and
Concessions (while supplies last)

 9:00-10:00 PM: Tyler Chase, best known as Ben in The Walking Dead and Tommy
Burns in the movie Simple Things will be doing a meet and greet with fans and guests

Click HERE to RSVP!

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Special Tour Dates For Labor Day Weekend! And Some Zombieland Love…

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by patti 1 Comment

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Atlanta Movie Tours’ wildly popular Big Zombie Tours will offer Labor Day visitors additional opportunities to visit locations from The Walking Dead and Zombieland, just in time for Dragon*Con 2013.

The tours, guided by actors and extras, take guests to all the zombie hot-spots. These guides provide a behind-the-scenes view that cannot be found at any other attraction in Georgia. The tours also include zombie trivia, complete with prizes. Past guests have called it, “perfect!” and “the best $$ I’ve ever spent”.

To welcome Dragon*Con guests, Atlanta Movie Tours has added 2 extra days of tours, so no one has to miss a minute of convention fun.  Dates the Big Zombie Tours will run include:

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. – The Big Zombie Tour Part 1 (Atlanta)
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. –  The Big Zombie Tour Part 2 (Senoia)
Monday, September 2, 2013 – 10 a.m. - The Big Zombie Tour Part 1 (Atlanta)

All tours are three hours long.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.atlantamovietours.com.

If you are arriving in town early, the Fox Theatre will be celebrating 40 years of filming in Georgia by showing our fave, Zombieland, on Thursday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m. We will be there with a few of our undead friends, so stop by and say hi! It is going to be a blast!!!

 

Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of 25% Off Zombies

Posted on: July 1st, 2013 by patti No Comments

July 4th is almost here. A day of cookouts, fireworks, and zombies – wait, what?

You heard correctly. AMC is running another of their famous Walking Dead marathons! From July 4 – July 7th, The Walking Dead will take over the network. Set those DVRs!

What makes this marathon so special? It’s being hosted by hardcore fan, and one of our favorites, Kevin Smith, executive producer of AMC’s, Comic Book Men. Kevin will be sharing his behind the scenes footage, along with interviews with the cast & crew. We cannot wait and will be running in to watch between games of bocce ball and eating hot dogs.

You can’t wait either? Get ready for the marathon by jumping on our Big Zombie Tour Part 1 on Wednesday, July 3rd. Because we love America and YOU, we are offering 25% off all the undead fun. Use promo code: FREEDOM at check out and see what The Huffington Post calls one of the Best TV & Film Tours in The World.

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!!

Big Zombie Tours Now Offer Twice The Gore!!

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by patti No Comments

Due to overwhelming demand, Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. is thrilled to announce additional tours have been added to the lineup for The Big Zombie Tour Part 1 & 2!

Beginning June 1st, The Big Zombie Tour Part 1 in Atlanta will run every Saturday at 10:00 AM and again at 2:00 PM. Starting June 5th, fans can also catch this tour on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM! Guests get the opportunity to see popular filming sites across Atlanta from the breakout season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, such as the abandoned hospital where it all began for our favorite sheriff and the once safe haven, the CDC. Additionally, guests will also see locations where popular movies, such as Zombieland, were filmed. Tickets for this tour are $45.

The most recent addition to Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. is The Big Zombie Tour Part 2, which takes place in historic Senoia and its surrounding areas. This tour recently debuted to a sold out crowd and is well on its way to becoming another fan favorite! Due to an outpouring of interest, this tour is now running twice a day every Sunday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, ensuring that every fan gets a chance to see some of the most memorable filming locations from Seasons 2 and 3 of The Walking Dead, as well as movies like Zombieland and Pet Sematary 2! Notable stops include the Season 2 finale waterfall, the looming Zombie Arena, and even Woodbury’s own Town Hall! Tickets for the three-hour tour are $65.

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Guests ride in comfort aboard luxury coaches, and all tours are led by incredible guides that are armed with exclusive behind-the-scenes stories and information to keep guests entertained.

Each tour is a jam-packed three hours, and guests have the opportunity to win fun prizes during trivia while en route to the next location!

Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. proudly boasts a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and continuously sell out tours after being in business for just 15 months.

To book, just hop on to our booking page here!

TWD: SI Game Review, By Chad Elkins

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by patti 1 Comment

If you’re like me, the moment you heard about the new The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct game you couldn’t wait for arrival of the release date. What’s not to get excited about? TWD Survival Instinct is an officially licensed AMC game based on arguably the best cable TV series of all time, features the voices of cast members Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, and is published by experienced game-maker Activision. I’ll preface this with letting y’all know I’m not a professional gamer or game reviewer. What I am is a huge fan of The Walking Dead comics and TV series who puts in more than his fair share of time with a game controller in hand.

What I was most interested in with this game (besides kicking walker ass) was actually learning more about the backstory of the Dixon brothers. The duo is not featured in the comics or two novels by Kirkman and Bonansinga so little is actually known about their history before we meet them in season one of the TV series. You take the controls of this first person shooter as Daryl Dixon not long after the initial outbreak of the disease and for a brief moment you even meet his father. From there, Daryl goes on a journey through Georgia to find his brother Merle and search for some kind of evacuation from this undead nightmare. At this point in the timeline of Kirkman’s universe, some of the grid is still functional with isolated pockets of military and police presence so we’re not in the full on breakdown mode where we see the TV show begin.

The standout feature of this game is that the Dixon characters are voiced by Reedus and Rooker. This should be obvious given how much of the marketing push has been centered around this fact. The only other positive thing I can say about this game is the environment sounds. Sneaking around at night with no visibility outside of your flashlight stream listening for the rustling of walker movement does add some creepy ambiance. Plus there are plenty of surprise jump out and grab you sequences to keep you on your toes. Sadly, that’s about the extent of my positive thoughts.

One of the biggest disappointments for me was the lack of solid storytelling. With so many excellent games out today that focus on crafting wonderful in-game scripts, the absence of this from a game based on a TV series that originated from a comic book was a letdown. If you’re looking at this game as means to learn about the Dixons before the Atlanta camp, then don’t even bother with it. What we get is extremely shallow with little more than repetitive catch phrases and meaningless drivel between side characters you could care less about. As you play through the campaign, you’ll also find that the interaction between Merle and Daryl is almost non-existent. I was hoping for some side-by-side team ups and potentially even multiplayer campaign capability, but you actually never even see Merle when you are not watching the limited cut scenes. Not getting the chance to play the game as the Merle character was a bit of a letdown as well. We’ve learned on the show that he is an excellent marksman who can hold his own with the walkers so actually taking the controls of Merle would have been fun for fans – even if he hasn’t yet acquired his awesome knife stub.

The environments and walkers on the surface look decent, but the game boards are small and relatively closed. It seems pretty obvious they don’t want this to be a run and gun style FPS (like a Left 4 Dead or Dead Island) which is a welcome change. Unfortunately, the game is so repetitive and slow that only sneaking around lumping walkers over the head with a baseball bat or lead pipe gets tiresome. Eventually, you get Daryl’s quiet crossbow which is fun, but you lose bolts easily and it’s hard to find replacements. Sneak style games like Splinter Cell can be a lot of fun when done right, but the zombie apocalypse just isn’t the place for it – although if you were playing as Glenn roaming the buildings in Atlanta that actually would be fun. When you decide to start using all of those fun shotguns and pistols be prepared to be swarmed as we all know loud sounds attract walkers. Not only are the primary objective gameplay environments quick, the designers inserted several side-mission sequences to help fill in some time during the short campaign with more walker killing. As you travel between primary destinations in your vehicle, you can choose whether to take backroads, streets, or the highway – each offering differing chances for breakdown, scavenging opportunities for supplies, and varying fuel consumption. The problem is that they only created a handful of these environments so you end up seeing the exact same highway encampments, diners, and street scenes over and over again. You are occasionally faced with a choice on what town your group should travel towards, but after that decision is made you never have a chance to go check out the other location. Again, a very linear closed off map environment that could have been a lot better had it been opened up.

Resources in the zombie apocalypse are limited. We all know this. So the game tries to simulate that problem for our heroes which is also quite different from some of the other popular fps zombie games I already mentioned. The resource mechanic falls short again. The decisions to take various kinds of roads to conserve fuel or avoid breakdowns is irrelevant because you will always stumble upon one of those same sub-boards to get what you need. Ammo isn’t abundant, but you’re supposed to be stealthy anyway which goes back to the boring repetitive nature of the game. You also pick up survivors along the way that you can send out on their own missions to scavenge for supplies while you are completing the primary objectives in the towns. Tip: don’t even bother. They come back with so few items that it’s not even worth the risk since more often than not they will die while foraging and there’s nothing you can do about it. You’re best option is to keep as many alive at the car as you can in order to score a few extra achievement points at the end of the game. This was yet another resource and emotional addition that was meant to add a deeper dynamic which could have been great with better execution. You are often faced with a choice on what town your group should travel towards, but after that decision is made you never have a chance to go check out the other location. Again, a very linear closed off environment that could have been a lot better had it been opened up.

If the game description and commentary I’ve seen in interviews didn’t mention this was supposed to be in Georgia, I never would have known from the gameplay. You frequently see a map in the game, but all of the town names are fictional. This could have been a lot more fun if it has used an actual map of Georgia with real town names or at the very least let you see where you traveling within Georgia in relation to Atlanta. Yes, Atlanta is mentioned and you meet a surprise person with a connection to characters in the first season of the show, but you never actually make it to the city. The boring storyline actually starts to get interesting at the very end of the game before it abruptly ends. Do you remember that moment you felt in the theater when the credits started rolling during Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring and you wanted to keep watching to see what happened next? Yeah, this is like that only less epic. My point is, the game didn’t actually connect the dots between the backstory and the survivors we see in season one of the show. The ending definitely leaves the story (what little exists) open for a sequel for us to continue following the Dixons on the way to Atlanta, but that game getting made is highly unlikely. Even an additional level could have quickly closed the gap on the backstory.

In short, hardcore fans of the show will probably want to give it a chance. If you go in with low expectations and are prepared for the repetitive nature of the gameplay, then you might find some enjoyment. Most of that will come from listening to Reedus and Rooker who do a great job voicing the poorly written script. There is no multiplayer mode and you will need to start the game over from scratch in order to visit the towns that you didn’t select the first time through in your travel map destinations. The latter is highly unlikely for most casual players. Taking both of those into account, this is one that will probably not get any replay value so you are better off to simply rent the game or pick up a used copy – which I imagine there will be a lot of floating around a week or two after the release date.

If you really want to play an outstanding game in The Walking Dead universe, check out the one from Telltale Games. It is done in graphic novel style so gameplay movement is more limited and ties in with the comics rather than the TV series. It is a fantastic piece of storytelling with beautiful animation and builds an emotional bond between the player and the characters. You’ll likely even shed a tear. Seriously. It’s that good.

Note from Patti: Follow our good buddy Chad on Twitter at @Ratpack

Happy New Year To You!

Posted on: December 26th, 2012 by patti No Comments

We have had so much fun in 2012. Our inaugural year brought over 1,000 guests and we loved meeting every single one of you.

Lets take a look back at a few of our favorite moments of the year.

Our inaugural tour. March 31, 2012.

Michael teaching The Zombie Walk.

Charlie and Patti on Seven Psychopaths Beanie Day.

Carrie and Patti had such fun with Better Mornings.

Zombie Innoculations

What's So Exciting? Book now to find out!

From 5 Star Reviews on TripAdvisor, to the BBC, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support Atlanta Movie Tours. We are thrilled that you love television and movies as much as we do.

Just wait and see what we have in store for you in 2013! It is going to be EPIC!

Spotlight Senoia!

Posted on: September 24th, 2012 by patti No Comments

Travel one hour south from downtown Atlanta, and you will find the inner sanctum of Woodbury, the focus of Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Senoia, Georgia, a charming little town reminiscent of Mayberry, is now home to Walkers, The Governor, Rick, Laurie, Andrea, Daryl, Merle and the most anticipated character of all, Michonne.

Atlanta Movie Tours recently took a trip down south to visit this bucolic setting, and this is what we found.

Lodging: We chose the Veranda Bed & Breakfast as our home away from home. Owners Laura and Rick spoiled us thoroughly with a three course breakfast and fresh baked cookies in the evening. The inn is wonderful and cozy, with king sized beds and fresh flowers in each guest room. The fact that Base Camp for filming was directly across the street from the Veranda’s ample front porch made it that much more exciting. We spied Laurie Holden arriving for work and spoke to Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne. Yes, Patti acted like a total fan geek. But it was so cool! Our friends met Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker later in the day. Jealous!

Pull up a rocking chair and enjoy a sweet tea, y'all!

Carrie hangs out with our friends Shea and Cheyenne on the Veranda's wraparound porch.

Catching a glimpse of Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne.

Eating and Drinking: Carrie has to have her coffee in the morning, so a stroll over to the Senoia Coffee & Cafe is a must for you caffeine fiends. Say good morning to Patti at the shop as she hooks you up with the yummiest coffee drinks (and hot chocolate!) in town. You can also take home a piece of Senoia when you pick up their special roasts: Patti loves the Drop Dead Diva coffee while Carrie prefers the Dark Zombie Coffee ($7 each for 1/2 pound). If you are not staying at the Veranda, and haven’t eaten a three course breakfast like we did, you cannot go wrong with their pastries and the tasty chicken salad on a croissant for lunch. We perched ourselves here for a couple of hours as filming commenced right inside the gates of Woodbury. We couldn’t see much, but we loved being right by the set, and the crew was nice enough to allow us to stay. We made new friends between takes. The prison scenes are filmed at nearby Raleigh Studios, but don’t expect to stop by and see it. The security rivals that of, well, a prison! And don’t you want to be surprised when the show comes back on October 14th?

Even Senoia Coffee & Cafe Gets Ready for Its Close-Up As Woodbury Coffee House!

We also loved Maguire’s for lunch. They even have television themed cocktails! As you peruse the menu, your server will bring you pretzels with housemade mustard. Oh, how we loved that mustard. Patti chose the monte cristo sammie with housemade kettle chips and Carrie opted for the reuben. Both solid. Also, we are not sure what’s in the water in Senoia, but the waitstaff is incredibly good looking.

There are a few sweet shops on Main Street, with hand crafted chocolates, fudge and gelato. But our late afternoon treat was the fantastic mojitos at Southern Ground. We sat at the bar in the back where we met some locals and had ourselves quite a time. Southern Ground is owned by Zac Brown and is home to over 30 bourbons. The decor is super cool and the vibe is laid back.

Stop In and Try The Mojito.

While we waited to see if any filming would take place at night, we noshed on pizza and bread sticks from Matt’s Smalltown Pizza. Nom, nom, nom!

All around Main Street, you can see sidewalk tiles that mention movies and television shows that have filmed here – ala Hollywood Boulevard. It’s their own little Walk of Fame! You can stop in to many of the shops and see props from favorites like The Never Ending Story, Apocalypse Now, Fried Green Tomatoes and many others.

We highly suggest you take a trip down to Senoia. We give it five out of five peaches!

Doug’s Hollywood Trashbox Spills It!

Posted on: August 8th, 2012 by patti No Comments

We are so delighted to have Doug Spice of Doug’s Hollywood Trashbox come over and talk trash about us! It’s like being on TMZ!

He’s got all the celebrity dirt – check it out!

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