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.
If there was a Venture Bros. themed area, I'd be all over that.
The Monarch's Air Race, Brock Sampson's Bumper Cars, and Hank&Dean's Dueling Coaster? I would be ALL over that...
Dr. Orpheus' dark ride? Nights in White Satin would be totally forgotten....
It is incredible to think how much Universal will have built in the time it is taking for Disney to finish the New Fantasyland.
Addtitionally, I mentioned to my 10 yr old neice that they are redoing Fantasy Land at Disney World. She gave me a blank stare and then asked for chocolate milk.
Just change "chocolate milk" to "Butterbeer" and your daughter's reaction might be echoing the theme park-going public at large.
After 25 years (and getting in trouble in high school back in 1990 for wearing a "I'm Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?" t-shirt, I call myself a Simpson fan. That said, I think this area looks amazing. But relevence is not a factor. It's how well the theme is done- I for one would go visit a Flintstone-land if it was done well, and that's been off the air for close to 40 years.
Point is, if you theme an area well and immersive, it will be enjoyed for years to come.
What roadkill said. I haven't watched a Simpsons episode in years but thoroughly enjoyed the Simpsons ride and will thoroughly enjoy the Simpsons themed area the next time I get free tickets to Universal :-)
This is going to be a major success as far as Universal is concerned with sales numbers. Combine this with the opening of Transformers (most of the Simpsons expansion should be opening with it on June 20th, probably all, but I'm still skeptical about the Kang and Kodos spinner), and there will be a lot of people giving the unique food options a glance, and if Potter is any indication, they'll probably take the bait in droves. I've never been a Simpsons fan, but I am definitely looking forward to a Krusty Burger.
Plus it gets rid of the tacky and just plain bad looking International Film and Food Festival building and waterfront that was there before (not to mention VIP CineSpec viewing, even more $$$).
Universal really is trying to up the ante with the IP they have. The fact that they have thrill rides and near Disney quality theming differentiates them from the House of Mouse.
Some cool looking stuff here. Glad I'll get to try Duff Dry.
Looks pretty awesome to me.
I just watched the movie the other night and said, "I hope they make a Clogger burger at Universal". All my dreams have come true. *laugh*
Something interesting: I am wondering if they decided to do this area up further because of a possible sequel in the works. There were blatant hints in the film (at least one) that a sequel was planned or being considered. If so, it would be good to get a jump on the new section like this (if I remember, the Simpsons did extremely well at the box office). Thoughts?
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