Mark Siwak wants to transform Detroit, America’s poster city for urban blight, into a zombie theme park. And you can help him do it.
Siwak recently started a page on fundraising site Indiegogo to transform about 200 acres of rundown city housing into a zombie fantasy camp called, “Z World Detroit.” Customers will stay overnight in the park and flee zombies in what is described as a “real-life video game” and what personal injury attorneys are calling, “a goldmine.”
At first blush, this sounds incredibly awesome. Who doesn’t want to go to this park? Other than the elderly, small children, PTSD sufferers and Jesse Eisenberg.
However, there are a few caveats. First off: who the heck is Mark Siwak? From his YouTube video, he sounds like my college roommate. I would not give my college roommate $145,000.
Second: don’t expect $145,000 to get a full theme park. That money is just for finding a suitable plot of land and developing the mechanics of the game. Theme parks cost many millions of dollars.
Third: this place is going to be a liability nightmare. We have people running around abandoned buildings. We have employees chasing them. And once customers are caught by zombies, they become a member of the undead. So we’ll have random customers chasing other customer through decrepit buildings.
This is a good idea. I can feel it.