The Simpsons Experience at Universal Orlando
I can remember watching the Simpsons every Sunday night with my parents. I even had a pair of jeans with Bart’s face on one leg (don’t judge me…it was Jr. High). So when I found out my trip to Universal for the grand opening of Transformers The Ride 3D would include a tour of their real-life Springfield – I was ecstatic!
You could definitely feel the excitement from the group as we made our way into ‘town’ and started noticing signs that the Simpsons were getting closer.
It was like stepping right into the show with a full size Kwik-E-Mart and interactive spots that surprised you. This payphone will ring when you come close to it and, when you answer, voices from the show talk to you.
But we were all waiting for one, special place: Moe’s. The full-size, fully functioning bar and grill promised a delicious experience with all of the famous foods from the show.
During the presentation, we found out that not only was Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, consulted with every inch of the new Simpsons area of the park – but he also advised the menu creators. We were shown the “big book of Simpsons facts” (and it really was big) and told that it was used extensively the create the most realistic transformation from animation to real life.
Moe’s was so identical to the animated version that you feel as if you’ve stepped right into the show. From the stained glass windows to the Springfield sports memorabilia on the walls – the only thing missing was Moe himself.
1. Mt. Swartzwelder Apple Drink for the kids
2. Buzz Cola
3. The Original Duff Beer
4. The Flaming Moe – This was just amazing. It’s served in a plastic, over sized shot glass that you can keep as a souvenir. From what I could tell, a section at the bottom safely houses a dry ice type of material that makes the drink give off vapor and bubble while you drink it. By the time you’re finished – it’s gone and the secret is safe. It tasted like a very sweet, citrus soda.
You can exit Moe’s via a back walkway that takes you into “Fast Food Boulevard” where you’ll find several different restaurants surrounding a general sitting area. It’s a great family setting where everyone can get what they want without having to visit several different locations.
Even though it’s called ‘Fast Food’, it’s anything but.
The level of professionalism and care taken with the food was very impressive – as was the taste. There’s something for everyone with choices like Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, The Frying Dutchman (seafood), Luigi’s Pizza, and even Lisa’s Tea House of Horror which offers vegetarian options for visitors who aren’t that interested in Cletus’ Chicken and Waffles.
After our bellies were full (and we resisted burping like Barney) it was time for the Simpsons Ride. Even the walk from Moe’s to the ride is an experience – taking you through Krustyland where you can play carnival-style games of chance.
As we readied ourselves to walk through Krusty’s head… his giant, creepy head… we had no idea what was in store for us.
Let me just say this: No matter how old or young you are. No matter if you like rides or think they’re just okay. You will really enjoy The Simpsons Ride. Sitting in a roller coaster car and following behind the Simpsons family, you’ll be taken on a wild chase! You’ll feel like you’re flying, falling and rushing backwards (among some other surprises you’ll have to see for yourself!) without ever actually moving. Using 80-foot IMAX screens, you’ll feel transported to another world with state of the art virtual reality – no glasses required!
The fact that the bumps and falls are only visual makes this attraction safe even for the smaller members of the family. The ride features over 20 show characters voiced by the original actors. And let’s just say – you’ll never look at Maggie the same way again.
Springfield, at Universal Orlando, is absolutely amazing – a full interactive experience you won’t soon forget. And they aren’t done yet!
Construction is currently under way to expand the attraction even further with features such as Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, a Duff brewery, Lard Lad and more.
Don’t forget to say hello to Krusty on your way out. But careful… he likes to hug!
- Kenda attending a Media Event on behalf of Momdot for Universal Studios to bring this great story!
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