Universal Studios Florida to retheme portion of park to The Simpsons

Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013 3:53 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Springfield is coming to Universal Orlando Resort! An all-new Simpsons-themed area will open at Universal Studios Florida this summer – allowing guests to step into the world of The Simpsons like never before. It will include shops and food locations near the existing Simpsons ride.

Read more from The Orlando Senteinel and the Universal Orlando Facebook page.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:12 PM

This is great!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:28 PM

It is incredible to think how much Universal will have built in the time it is taking for Disney to finish the New Fantasyland.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:01 PM

I must be the only one who got bored with The Simpsons. Ten years ago.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:04 PM

You're not alone. I used to watch all the time; I wouldn't be able to tell you what day or time it's on anymore. Haven't watched it in years.

That said, I had the chance to visit Universal Orlando last year and thoroughly enjoyed the Simpsons ride.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:56 PM

There was never a time when I was into the Simpsons. I've watched several episodes over the years, but probably not even a full season's worth. I still don't understand how it's lasted 25 years. It's a commendable achievement, but it's also absolutely ludicrous.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:14 PM

Burned out on the Simpsons, burned out on South Park, just about burned out on Family Guy, the only thing that has saved them are the Star Wars parodies.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:16 PM

I haven't watched a new episode of the Simpsons in probably more than a decade, but I have such a fondness for those first ten years that overrules all that... sort of like Star Wars. That franchise has sucked since 1983, but I'm excited about the prospect of that, too.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:28 PM

Simpsons won't be around much longer, a few more seasons maybe. Then what, they retheme this whole area all over again? And that's besides the fact that very few people care about the Simpsons any more...

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:01 PM

Is that why the TV show is still on after all of these years?

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Friday, May 24, 2013 2:57 AM

Vater said:

There was never a time when I was into the Simpsons.

Boy you can say that again ! In fact, the show probably should and would have been more aptly called: "The Simpletons"

The Simpletons and all programs of that style/genre have NEVER appealed to me - if for no other reason than what the suggested name implies. The reason it's been around for so long is most likely a testament to that.

This has always been a pretty easy one for me ... If I want to watch a legitimate comical cartoon, I'll find myself a few good ole' Tom & Jerry or Bugs Bunny episodes to bask in; If it's a genuinely funny show (not something that's enticing "forced laughter" by beckoning the audience as to say, 'HEY, you were suppose to find that part humorous!') that I need to get me some of - I'll look up The Fonz and Rosco P. Coltrane !

Last edited by Superstew, Friday, May 24, 2013 3:08 AM
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Friday, May 24, 2013 8:07 AM

kpjb said:
I haven't watched a new episode of the Simpsons in probably more than a decade, but I have such a fondness for those first ten years that overrules all that... sort of like Star Wars. That franchise has sucked since 1983, but I'm excited about the prospect of that, too.

This.

They must have had really good Simpsons merch sales and the opportunity to sell Duffs beer after Butterbeer's success was too much to pass up. It's better than what I expected after watching the construction. Can't wait to see it in the fall for HHN23!

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Friday, May 24, 2013 9:42 AM

The Simpsons area always seemed unfinished to me, so I'm glad to see them making some improvements. Especially if they improve the merchandise (most stuff you could find online for cheaper...nothing was unique to Universal).

My husband is a Simpsons freak, and I'm a fan as well. Watching this show as often as I have, I think the humor on Simpsons is a lot more subtle, and a million times smarter than Family Guy and South Park. Also, it is not usually as cruel, making it much more re-watchable than the other two in the genre. Often I can only watch about three Family Guy episodes before I kinda "wuss out", and South Park gets just DUMB sometimes. I like a lot of twisted jokes (big fan of some of the most twisted comics out there), but Simpsons has much more substance underneath than most other similar shows, and I think it still has a place out there for at least its fans.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 10:29 AM

If there was a Venture Bros. themed area, I'd be all over that.

"Ignore me!"

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Friday, May 24, 2013 12:23 PM

Bob's Burgers all the way (From a former hater).

Simpsons is still popular or they wouldn't have hit 25 years and a whole new themed section. Universal didn't just say "Well, let's invest in something that's not popular at all anymore". I'm sure Fox intends on keeping it on the roster as long as people watch.

I am not one of those people anymore. It's occasionally funny, but I tired of the show about 10 years ago. Getting tired of Seth McFarlane too. I think he's spread too thin, and Cleveland and American Dad were never funny to me.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 12:53 PM

Re: Bob's Burgers. I'm not a former hater. I'm a present hater. Some animation will interest me if the content is entertaining, but the animation style may be poor. Others, vice-versa. Bob's for me fails on both counts. So does American Dad, but not on Bob's level.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 12:55 PM

What I watch on TV is any sports, theme park shows, occasional movies, and Duck Dynasty.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 12:59 PM

Re: Bob's Burger's

Arguably the funniest show on TV.

Re: The Simpsons

Still watch it. Heck, if I want to be me, I'd argue that 25 years, a movie and all the merch shows more of a lasting track record than Potter. But I won't do that.

Re: MacFarlane shows

So overrated. Thankfully, they canceled Cleveland. Hopefully others are close behind.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 1:29 PM

Lord Gonchar said:

Re: The Simpsons

I'd argue that 25 years, a movie and all the merch shows more of a lasting track record than Potter. But I won't do that.

I know I shouldn't quote the post right above me, but I wanted to highlight this because I would argue the same thing.

Look at all the other properties at Universal. Men In Black, ET, American Tail, Twister, Shrek, Mummy... even Potter. With the possible exception of Spiderman, the Simpsons is the most current and has the most longevity.

I wouldn't even stop there... go to ANY licensed attraction at ANY park chain. Except for Spongebob, Batman, and Mickey Mouse, what else has as much longevity, is still being produced, and is popular cross-generational?

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Friday, May 24, 2013 1:34 PM

Thank you, Tyler, btw.

Simpsons is known as one of the long enduring shows that has never jumped the shark. To me, it's always fresh yet always the same, and I love how they zero in on theme parks as a frequent pop culture reference.

I think the Simpsons ride at Universal is hilarious from the facade, to the queue, to the ride itself. It's one I hit every time I go, which is something I couldn't say about Back to the Future. The new area, which technically is new construction and theming along the same path, looks really cute by the rendering.

I caught a full episode of Bob's Burgers the other day and laughed my a** off, it may be a new favorite. I've always liked the outrageously funny, sick, and yes, sometimes cruel humor of Family Guy, but tired of the spin offs. They just seemed like more of the same.

For some reason I never cared much for South Park, however, I can't wait to see Book of Mormon.

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