Last weekend I had a chance to do the TWD Studio Tour in Senoia, Georgia! It’s a 2-hour guided bus tour through Riverwood Studios, which is where The Walking Dead is currently filmed.
I bought tickets for the last tour time of the day at 5:20pm. My husband and I had just got in from a 12 hour drive from Dallas, so we were a bit late and missed the last group bus. But they were nice enough to put us on a bus anyway and we had our own private tour! We took a ride around the inside and outside of the studio lot in Senoia to visit various filming locations, including Alexandria, Hilltop, the Sanctuary (formerly the Prison), Oceanside, Woodbury, and even the trash heap. We didn’t get to see inside any buildings, though. I also didn’t get to take pictures of a lot of things because they’re working on the sets for season 10, and they don’t want us to share anything that could be an accidental spoiler. That’s cool, I’m just glad I got a chance to see it. ?
Hilltop was pretty damn cool. It’s such a breathtaking sight as you pull up to this huge building with a fence all around it. It looks real because it is real (although the house is actually hollowed out inside). I wasn’t allowed to take photos of it though.
Alexandria was my absolute favorite part of the tour. If you know me, you know I’m a HUGE Rick and Michonne fan, so seeing their community was so much fun for me — as you can tell by the amount of pictures I took! I wasn’t allowed to take photos of the houses, but I got what I could.
By the way, I had no idea that Alexandria is a real community (not originally called Alexandria, but nicknamed that since the show started filming there) and people really live there. And it really does have a gate around it and you really can’t get in without permission unless you live there or are part of the tour. Pretty crazy, right? The houses that the characters live in on the show are real but vacant, and the interior shots (Rick and Michonne’s house, the prison, etc.) are real as well. Mind blown.
Visiting the trash heap was pretty fun. We walked through the shipping container tunnel right into Jadis’ community. What you’re seeing below is the actual “pit” where Rick fought off the spiked walker. We didn’t get to walk further than this, but you could see from another angle where Rick was held captive. Pretty cool.
Below, you can see the river where Rick and Aaron fought off walkers in the water to get to that boat with supplies on it. Of course, those aren’t bodies in the water, ?they’re pool noodles with clothes on them. Gives it the same eerie effect when you’re there, though!
This tour was so much fun! Our tour guide gave us lots of trivia, which made it fun to reminisce on seasons past. When it was over we had time to go see Woodbury (although I didn’t take any photos of that), and then we made it just in time to eat at Nic and Norman’s right before they closed for the night. The food was really good! I didn’t get to check out any more of Senoia because we had other plans, but I loved this tour and I highly recommend it for anyone who’s a big fan of the show or if you just love to see filming locations. ?It’s currently only set to run through June 2019 though so make sure you go see it! Get more info here.