Whoa, mama! Springfield is coming to life. The hometown of our favourite yellow-skinned, four-fingered family The Simpsons is being reimagined as a theme park at Universal Orlando Resort this summer.
As part of plans to expand on the existing Simpsons Ride which opened at the park in 2008, guests will now have the opportunity to stroll the streets of Springfield, chow down on a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, enjoy a slice of Luigi’s Pizza, and wash it all down with a glass of Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for the park.
Or if you fancy some seafood, pay a visit to the Frying Dutchman, followed by some donuts at Lard Lad, and a bevvie at Moe’s Tavern. And be sure to keep an eye out for your old pal Krusty the Clown and his former assistant Sideshow Bob who will be strolling around town…
For any fans chasing an intergalactic thrill, the aptly-named ride Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl will take willing “foolish humans” on an a stomatch-churning spin designed to “send them into orbit”… Ay, carumba!
The new theme park will be the only place where fans of the show can walk around Springfield itself. “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television,” explained Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative.
President of Fox Consumer Products, Jeffrey Godsick, added, “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.”
“Truly this is the Krustyest place on earth,” concluded Denise Sirkot, Prsident of Worldwide Brand, Gracie Films.
The new venture follows in the footsteps of Universal Orlando’s previous success with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which recently announced expansion plans in Hollywood and Japan following a steady stream of visitors since its grand opening in 2010.
For a sneak peek of what to expect from Springfield’s real-life reincarnation, take a look at the video below…