If you haven’t heard by now, there is big news coming out of Universal Studios Orlando. And its initials are not H.P. this time.
Springfield, home to America’s favorite wisecracking, slacking and beer drinking animated family, is coming to life at Universal Orlando. Guests to Universal Studios will soon be able to walk the streets of Springfield, home to The Simpsons.
From the press release …
“This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”
This gigantic new area will be anchored by the already-in-place Simpsons Ride (the former location of the Back to the Future ride for any old school Universal fans out there). Guests will be able to enter the Simpsons world like never before. Walk the streets of Springfield and dine on food from places depicted in the show. Two new characters, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob, will also be introduced at the park. Duff Beer will be brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando.
“It has been an honor to bring the world of the Simpsons to life in such a letter-perfect way,” said Denise Sirkot, President, Worldwide Brand, Gracie Films. “Truly this is the Krustyest place on earth.”
There will be a Fast Food Boulevard where guests can purchase a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at the Krusty Burger or try the catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman. Other Simpson-similar choices include Luigi’s Pizza, Moe’s Tavern and Lard Lad.
Universal’s new Simpson attraction is called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl. Foolish humans will take an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit.
“This new expansion will broaden and deepen the already incredible experience at Universal, by bringing to life the iconic landmarks of Springfield that fans have grown to love,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President Fox Consumer Products. “Fans will literally be able to live and breathe Springfield as they visit the statue of Jebediah, enjoy a Krusty Burger, and have a seat at Moe’s Tavern, which are just a few of the great experiences awaiting at Universal.”
The longest running scripted show in television history, Matt Groening’s lovable Simpson family consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The Simpsons show has won 27 Emmy Awards, been a feature film and the storyline of a virtual coaster, The Simpsons Ride, at Universal Studios. It has received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, been honored with five U.S. postage stamps designed by Matt Groening and been named the “Best Show of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine. The show is currently in its 25th season.
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Transformers fans will want to check out the all-new Transformers: The Ride 3D that just opened to rave reviews at Universal Studios. For more information on The Simpsons or any other aspect of Universal Orlando, please visit UniversalOrlando.com.
Universal Orlando is one of my favorite parks to visit. I’m a really big fan of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Spider-man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios has some of my all-time favorite rides, including E.T. and Men in Black. I’m looking forward to my visit to Springfield this summer. How about you? What fictional town do you plan to visit?