Ever since Doctor Brown and his time-travelling De Lorean made their final trip from the Institute for Future Studies, fans of The Simpsons have been able to explore at least a small part of the home of one of the world's best known animated families. Recently, Universal Orlando has expanded the area to include restaurants, shops, and even a small brewery, reminiscent of the actual city of Springfield! Now, after a relatively short wait, the world’s first Simpsons themed environment is open at Universal Orlando Resort.
“When creating Springfield, we wanted to make guests truly feel like they’re part of the record-breaking animated show,” said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative. “Now fans can become part of The Simpsons family and step inside the same places Homer and his family visit on a regular basis.”
For the first time ever, guests can enter downtown Springfield and visit the places that helped the town stake its claim as “Shelbyville by the Sea.” Anchored by the mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, the newly-themed area includes iconic eateries and knick-knack nooks from the hit animated series, The Simpsons, and an all-new outdoor attraction based on the show’s “evil” alien duo, Kang & Kodos. Guests may even run into Chief Wiggum (if he doesn’t run into them first).
“Fans who love both The Simpsons and the ride at Universal Orlando will now be able to experience a much deeper immersion into The Simpsons world with the launch of Springfield,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President, Fox Consumer Products.
The themed area includes many one of a kind experiences. Guests at Universal are able to enjoy a “Genuine Clown-Endorsed Meal” and Buzz Cola at Krusty Burger, grab a Homer-sized helping of donuts at Lard Lad, imbibe at Moe’s Tavern with a Flaming Moe, get “embiggened” at the Jebediah Springfield statue, enjoy a “Taco Fresho” at Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, snatch the catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman, get a slice that’s “a-nice” at Luigi’s Pizza, hang out at Duff Brewery and enjoy a Duff Beer – brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando Resort, go for an intergalactic spin on the area’s new attraction, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, and maybe even meet Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob – Universal’s two newest walkaround Simpsons characters.
"I hope everyone has as much pure, irresponsible fun as we did writing the ride, signs and food menus. We raise our Flaming Moe's to ye," said James L. Brooks, Executive Producer, The Simpsons.
The Local getaways Examiner was pleased to be able to enjoy many of the amenities of the world of the Simpsons on a recent trip, including a Mt. Swartzwelder, Flying Moe, Buzz Cola, and more. Even a casual fan of the series can spend more than a few minutes immersed in the glory of Fast Food Boulevard, and it makes the Simpsons ride that much more special. Now, when are they going to put in a diner where you can get some out of this world pie near MIB?
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