- $17 for a zombie-shooting ride for one (a $35 value)
Armed with a rental marker that is pre-loaded with 75 paintballs each, daring riders hop aboard a Zombie Response Vehicle for one reason: to obliterate zombies. As the zombies lurch and lumber after the vehicle, passengers take aim and slay them with glow-in-the-dark paintballs that burst luminously upon hitting their marks. Best of all, the unarmed zombies have no means of returning fire, so the entire ride is like one postapocalyptic game of target practice.
Charlotte Zombies is managed by Paintball Central, and Zombie Attack! takes place at their Charlotte Paintball Park. The hayride will be available every Friday and Saturday from October 18–November 2 and on Halloween. Gates open at 7 p.m. and rides begin at dark. Everyone in line by 10 p.m. will ride on a first come, first serve basis. Extra paintballs will be available for an additional fee.
Silence fills the forest as a masked paintball player creeps over logs and leaves, unable to find the opposing team he knows is there. Suddenly, a shower of colored paint spews from behind a nearby tree, and the battle begins. Such moments unfold daily at PBC Paintball Park's facilities during the regular season. Their staff, all of whom are paintball players themselves, have designed both wooded and concept fields at Greensboro, Charlotte, and Greenville. At Greensboro, wooded landscapes transform into a battlefield with bunkers, creeks, and large forts. Felled trees and dense foliage give players ample cover amid the undeveloped woods of Greenville's fields, while castles, mounds, cities, and tournaments unfold across PBC Charlotte's level terrain. Additionally, PBC Paintball Parks are affiliated with Paintball Central, which runs two stores in North Carolina and one store in South Carolina where players can stock up on enough paintball gear to ready themselves for the inevitable cartoon-character rebellion.