‘The Walking Dead’ sets come to life on Atlanta-based move tour

By KIMBERLY VARGAS

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

ATLANTA — Atlanta Movie Tours tour guide Charlie Leach prepares to lead movie fans on their site visits for the day.

Atlanta Movie Tours was established in 2012 by Carrie Sagel Burns. These tours take movie buffs, fans and many other participants to several filming locations of today’s popular movies and television shows filmed in Georgia.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

Fans from all over the world come to indulge in their movie site fantasies with Atlanta Movie Tours year-round.

“We have had people come all the way from England, and I love that about this job,” tour guide Kent Wagner said.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

Atlanta Movie Tours’s Big Zombie Tour Part 1 kicks off with a visit to one of the film industry’s favorite shooting locations, Nelson Street Bridge, where Rick Grimes of “The Walking Dead” has some of his first scenes in Season 1.

This company is composed of six different tours, Big Zombie Tour Parts 1-3, which emphasize on “The Walking Dead” series; Victory Tour, which focuses on the “The Hunger Games” movie saga; the Gone with the Wind tour, which visits sites where the movie “Gone with the Wind” was filmed; and the Atlanta Film Sites Tour, which covers the different array of films and series filmed in Georgia.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

Tour participants step on board the Atlanta Movie Tours bus to continue their film site journey.

All tours are conducted to many different filming locations in an on and off bus settings all throughout Atlanta. Tour participants stay comfortable as they ride through the city in style on a state-of-the-art bus equipped with a bathroom and televisions.

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Leach guides the group to the next tour location, The Goat Farm Arts Center.

Tour guides who work for the Atlanta Movie Tours company are required to have previously worked as talent for a film or series filmed in Georgia. Leach was a principal zombie on “The Walking Dead” Season 1 and can provide insider knowledge about the cast and filming.

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Above is a roadway within The Goat Farm Arts Center that served as a walk for the second  installment of “The Hunger Games saga: Catching Fire.”

Atlanta Movie Tours sections its tours based on the fandom community. Yet, the tour guides do not mind discussing facts from other films like “The Hunger Games” on their Big Zombie Tour.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

“The Walking Dead” fans, this tower, located at The Goat Farm Arts Center, served as the “vato” scene location during Season 1 when character T-Dog was seen peering out the window, taking aim at the group’s opponents.

The Goat Farm Arts Center is the location used by Atlanta Movie Tours for participant rest and relaxation. Participants can take a restroom break, get a cup of coffee and get many great photo opportunities.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

“The Walking Dead” fans take rest stop at The Goat Farm Arts Center.

Sophia Metevia (center), friend Katherine Flores and sister Emily Metevia traveled from Ovida, Florida, with their parents to take the zombie tour for her birthday.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

Fans are getting a photo at one of the most iconic shooting locations, which is where “The Walking Dead” character Rick Grimes exits the hospital to find hundreds of dead bodies during Season 1.

Atlanta Movies Tours offer many different movie locations to get as many photo opportunities during its three-hour tours.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 (Photo by Kimberly Vargas)

Freedom Parkway, where “The Walking Dead” character Rick Grimes rode on horseback into Atlanta in search of his family during Season 1.

The Jackson Street bridge allows fans to get an unforgettable view and photo opportunity of the Atlanta skyline. Atlanta Movie Tours also allows fans to travel down to Senoia, Georgia, where they can take The Big Zombie Tours Part 2 and Part 3.

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