The Simpsons Springfield home will be a theme park within a theme park at Universal Studios, Orlando, later this year, according to sources. What better way to celebrate this than by catching a cool video of some of the funniest moments from this iconic and long-running television series?
As if that’s not enough, there’s also a poll included after you watch the awesome video, where you can cast your votes as to who your favorite character on The Simpsons is, with the choices ranging from the family matriarch, Marge, down to The Simpsons’ character we all love to hate, the despicable Mr. Burns.
Fox and Pepsi had a contest where the winner would get their own real-life version of The Simspons’ house. Now, at long last, we can all get the feel for what it might be like to live in the hometown of The Simpsons, Springfield.
“How can this fantasy become a reality?” you might well ask. Universal Orlando is adding the entire town of Springfield to its theme park, or the major places and houses featured the most on the series, at any rate.
Many of the buildings will be named after taverns and eating establishments featured on the show where the residents of Springfield go to have a bite to eat or to drink a few (or more, in Homer’s case) mugs of icy cold Duff beer. And, oh, yes; there will be rides –what amusement park worth its salt wouldn’t have rides?
The restaurants included will be a Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad doughnuts, the Kwik-E-Mart, the Frying Dutchman and Luigi’s Pizza.
Adults will love the place, also, as you will be able to partake of the aforementioned Duff Beer. It’s exclusively brewed for the amusement park’s visitors who are of legal drinking age.
What will the rides be like? The new Springfield attraction will anchored by the main attraction, ‘The Simpsons Ride.” Guests who take this ride are treated to a 3-D drive around Springfield. It’s already at site, and opened in 2008.
One of the other rides is called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl. If you ride it, take care to lay off eating a too many Lard Lad doughnuts and drinking too many Duff beers or Squishees beforehand. Humans, as opposed to the octopus-like aliens Kang and Kodo, might call this ride “an outdoor spinner.”
“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,” Jeffrey Godsick, president of Fox Consumer Products, said in a statement.
The Simpsons, created by the cartoonist Matt Groening, is the longest running scripted show in television history. The Simpsons spawned catch phrases like “eat my shorts, man!” and “Doh!” and merchandise of all sorts, including lunch boxes, elctronic games, T-shirts, and a Rubiks cube shaped like Homer Simpson’s head.
The series continues to remain one of the most groundbreaking and innovative entertainment franchises even after all of the intervening years. The show is currently in its 25th season and about to air its 520th episode.
Universal has not announce an exact opening date, but a spokesperson said doors would open sometime later this summer.
Written by: Douglas Cobb