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Senoia gets trolley for movie tours

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With the hit AMC TV series The Walking Dead, the city of Senoia has become a global destination for tourists wanting to get a glimpse of Hollywood.

"There have been tourists coming from all over the world to see this town, because this is the Woodbury Town Hall," Scott Tigchelaar said. 

Woodbury is the fictional city in The Walking Dead. The front facade of the town hall where parts of the show are filmed sits right on Main Street, and fans of the show have no problem identifying where the real town sits and the fake one begins.

Tigchelaar is the president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta. For three years he's had the idea to do a movie tour and with the popularity of multiple shows getting filmed in Senoia, Tigchelaar said he knows the trolley will be packed.

"To know the many different films that have been filmed here, or partially filmed, it is neat to say we have been there," Rich Davidson said.

Davidson lives a few miles outside of Senoia in the neighboring town of Sharpsburg.

"I think it is great, because we see it on TV and we say, ‘we've been there, we've been there' and it's neat."

It is fans like Davidson that Tigchelaar said will drive the tourism industry in Senoia. The trolley car that will be run in conjunction with the Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau have already made the clips that will be played on the Trolley tour at each spot where a movie or TV series was filmed.

"We would like to show clips of the different films that have been shot in Senoia as you are driving by the location, to put it into context," Tigchelaar said. "We have always tried to encourage tourism as a residual or lasting impact of the film business, if the film business ever changes or goes away. We would like to maintain a tourism industry in this town."

The trolley tours are expected to be three hours long and hit the most popular and less obscure movies filmed in the area. Season four of The Walking Dead starts filming in May, Tigchelaar said they are trying to have the trolley tours up and running by then.

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