Cult-favorite Zombieland was released in 2009 starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, and Jesse Eisenberg. The group lives in a post-apocalyptic world where people are named after the place they’re headed. There are a set of rules to survive against the zombies, including the all-important double-tap.
Zombieland 2 was released in 2019, ten years after the original. Both were filmed throughout the state of Georgia. We’ve left out private residences that aren’t open to visitors like “Bill Murray’s House” from the first film as well as Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville. But there are plenty of Zombieland filming locations to see.
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Zombieland Filming Locations
While many of the locations used in Zombieland were custom-built and no longer exist, fans can see a few places from the films. Cowboy’s Steaks and Stuff in Rutledge, which stood in as Kemo Sabe’s Trading Post, has since closed. And Blaine’s Grocery Store from the first film, where Tallahassee lured zombies with the tune from Deliverance, was created solely for the movie.
Many of the early scenes in the film, especially in the opening credits, were filmed in and around Atlanta. Rule #1 about cardio was filmed on the football field at Lakewood Stadium.
Where the cars wreck before the woman forgets rule #2, double tap, is at One Park Place near Georgia State University. Chapman Drugs in Hapeville is in opening credits, along with the Spanish mission-looking building at EUE/Screen Gems near Lakewood. In the second film, the abandoned Presidential Hotel was also used.
Downtown Newnan plays a large role in both films. In the first, Tallahassee and Columbus walk past the courthouse, after the girls take their car, to the front of a store where Tallahassee takes out his aggression on a vehicle.
In the second film, the monster truck film takes place here. It’s also been used in The Walking Dead, another popular zombie series. The Coweta Fairgrounds were also used.
In the first film, the scene with dozens of abandoned cars where Tallahassee picks up Columbus was filmed entirely at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, which has been used for its roads on many other shows and movies. It’s also home to Nascar races and countless other events.
Columbus and Tallahassee follow Wichita and Little Rock to the Pacific Playground amusement park where they find zombies as far as the eye can see. The two girls climb aboard the “Blast Off” ride to escape them. In real life, filming took place at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta and the ride is called the Blazer Blast Off.
The theme park is owned by the same team as Dollywood, Stone Mountain, and Silver Dollar City. It opened in 1996 on over 160 acres, featuring dozens of rides, exotic animal encounters, and events like concerts and festivals. There’s also a seasonal water park.
Fans of Zombieland can visit the real “Zombieland” at Wild Adventures, riding the same rides used in the films. But for something spookier, Six Flags Fright Fest near Atlanta is another theme park with costumed characters during Halloween.
Looking for a place to stay? In Atlanta, we recommend The Candler Hotel Atlanta, which is a short walk from the “Double Tap” location. In Valdosta, Hampton Inn & Suites Valdosta is a short drive from Wild Adventures. In Newnan, Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Newnan is convenient to the square.