Tampa, FL (September 20, 2018)   The American Victory Ship has hosted numerous Halloween events for nearly ten years. This year, guests will experience an elevated, unique and Hollywood quality production as the ship is partnering with some of the most talented and experienced directors, cinematographers, and special effects professionals to bring you UNdead in the Water – An Interactive Zombie Apocalypse in a Frightening New Light.

Hours for all event nights are from 8pm to 11pm, and include Friday, October 5; Saturday, October 6; Friday, October 12; Saturday, October 13; Thursday, October 18; Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20; Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26; Saturday, October 27, and Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31.

Tickets are $13 for general admission and $10 for active military, veterans and first responders with proper ID.  They may be purchased online at, by calling TicketWeb at 1.866.468.7630, or onboard the American Victory Ship located directly behind the Florida Aquarium in Tampa’s Channelside District. Fast Pass Tickets and Second Round Tickets will only be available at the ship’s ticket office the night of each event.

UNdead in the Water is an interactive, disturbing attraction that results from a zombie outbreak that has swept across Tampa Bay.  Legions of ravenous undead are infecting and contaminating the innocent, and the only way out from this battle of humanity is to escape aboard the American Victory Ship. Research shows that zombies must feed for energy and can survive on land and sea.  To assist guests who are trying to survive, they will be greeted by an informative but chilling video, which will prove to be helpful should a few stray zombies make their way onto the ship.  Each guest will receive a special flashlight that can reveal the pressure of Zombies. In order to get to safety, they must make their way throughout cavernous decks, multi-level ladders, eerie hallways, the ghastly Captain’s Quarters, the ominous engine room, the galley, and more terrifying spaces throughout the ship. The route for this scary escape to safety will take approximately 30 minutes.

The American Victory Ship is pleased to be collaborating with an impressive team of professionals including Scott Sullivan and Cineview Studios. Originally from Boston and now residing in Tampa, Scott started his career in entertainment as an actor and stuntman then transitioned into writing, directing and cinematography.  He has worked with filmmakers such as Justin Long, and just wrapped a short film featuring Kevin Smith. He also collaborated with Walgreens and Toyota. The ship is also working with Andrew Curran and Practical Imagination. Andrew hails from New York, and has over 15 years of experience in ride, show and event entertainment production, and was responsible for the technical design, fabrication, and installation of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, as well as live action shows at the Shanghai Disney Resort in China. Andrew creates the magic and special effects behind the scenes at some of the largest haunts at popular theme parks.  Rounding out the team of event professionals is Scott Swenson of Scott Swenson Creative Development, LLC. For over 30 years, Scott has brought stories to life as a writer, director, producer, and performer in theme parks, consumer events, live theater, and television. He worked with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment for over 20 years, was part of the original development team and creative leader for the first 15 years at Busch Gardens’ “Howl-O-Scream”, and spent 3 years as the creative director for The Vault of Souls. He has also written and consulted for haunted attractions at Valleyfair Theme Park, SeaWorld Texas, ZooTampa, and “Dark” in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

For further information on UNdead in the Water, please visit  A short teaser video can be found on the front page of the UNdead website. To learn more about the 1945 WWII American Victory Ship, visit

UNdead in the Water is brought to you by Cineview Studios, Practical Imagination, Scott Swenson Creative Development, LLC, and Tampa Bay’s free weekly newspaper, tbt*.

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