Zoombezi Bay Will Transform Into ZOMBIEzi Bay This Fall

Things will be getting a little spooky at Zoombezi Bay this year.

In September, Zoombezi Bay will be transformed into ZOMBIEzi Bay. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night from September 17 through October 31, the park will be turned into a zombie-themed extravaganza.

The zombified park will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays (10/14, 10/21, and 10/28) and Sundays. Park admission will cost $28.99 on all September dates and Thursdays and Sundays in October. The price will increase to $32.99 on Fridays and Saturdays in October and parking will cost $10.

“We are extremely excited to kick off the inaugural season of ZOMBIEzi Bay. This event has been years in the making, and we are proud to see the finished product come together. It is always our goal to discover new ways to connect with our guests and offer our community different experiences. In addition to Boo at the Zoo, which is geared more toward families, ZOMBIEzi Bay is designed to offer teens and adults a fun, safe place to experience the thrills of Halloween—if they so dare!” said Anthony Sabo, Vice President of Waterpark Operations and Guest Services at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay.

While visiting this zombified version of Zoombezi Bay, guests should expect to be scared not only inside the haunted houses, but also while roaming the park pathways. There will be strobe lights, loud sounds and music, and fog, so guests who are sensitive to those things should be aware.

Photo courtesy of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

So what will the attractions look like at ZOMBIEzi Bay? There are haunts, scare zones, rides, and more.


Catacombs, presented by Mtn Dew
Welcome to the Catacombs! Visit the realm of the undead and the corpse-laden corridors of those who came before you. The spirits have awakened, and they are hungry. Will you be their next meal? Or, will they summon you to join them in their eternal party?

Eternal Darkness, presented by Mtn Dew
Are you afraid of the dark? You will be after an encounter with the Eternal Darkness—if you make it out alive, that is. The netherworld has come to life in this near pitch-black experience. Can you find your way out before it is too late?

Pleasant Screams, presented by Versiti Blood Center of Ohio
Enter the mysterious research facility known as Pleasant Dreams Laboratory, a world-famous sleep study facility…or is it? For years, locals have whispered that something else occurs at this foreboding site. Genetic testing? Mind manipulation? Take a tour of the Laboratory and come face-to-face with your worst nightmares.

Sinister Sideshow
Step right up and enter the Sinister Sideshow! Don your 3D glasses and check out the sideshow. It is fun for all ages, and they are looking for new victims! Evil clowns and blood-curdling acts all under the Big Top…what could go wrong?


Photosynthesis, presented by Mtn Dew
Did you know that when plants die, they don’t really die? In Photosynthesis, Mother Nature is hungry and out for revenge. Will you escape or be the next meal? They didn’t teach us this in science class.

Life as we know it has ended and zombies now rule the world. Can you escape the horde, or will you become one of the undead?


ZOMBIEzi Bay is crawling with new flavors this fall! Featuring more than 60 craft beers, ciders, and hard seltzers from 25 different breweries, as well as 20 delicious food items to try, the Brews and Bites Craft Beer & Food Festival has something for everyone. Discover new favorites as you sample your way through the menu and save with a six-item tasting card, available for just $27 plus tax. Themed food and beverage highlights include: Darkness Nachos, Violet Margarita, Pretzel Breadsticks With Fat Tire Craft Beer Cheese Dip, Buffalo Chicken Tater Tots, Injectable Donut Holes, and more.


ZOMBIEzi Bay will have a feature that no other haunted event in Central Ohio has—amusement rides! Normally a part of the Adventure Cove region at the Columbus Zoo, six pulse-pounding amusement rides will be included with ZOMBIEzi Bay admission, such as the classic wooden roller coaster, Sea Dragon.

For more info, you can visit the Zoombezi Bay website right here.

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