Rejoice, Simpsons Fans: You Can Go to Springfield

TV fans can finally stroll through Homer's hometown

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Welcome to Springfield, the town television fans have always dreamed of actually visiting. Now compacted into a 30,000-square-foot space in Universal Studios in Florida, the real-life replica of a famed made-up place gives us our first version of The Simpsons’ Springfield — even if it is technically in Orlando.

The new attraction had its official launch last week and expands on Universal’s previous Simpsons-themed offerings, like the Simpsons ride that has been available at Universal Studios locations for a few years now. It opened a fresh world for park visitors, offering a new outdoor ride, water-play area and a bevy of Simpsons-themed edible treats from the likes of Duff Brewery (where the beers do actually taste different from one another) or Krusty Burger — and don’t fret, there’s plenty more food in the new section too, including Luigi’s Pizza, The Frying Dutchman, Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror and more. Moe’s Tavern goes authentically The Simpsons, with the Love Tester machine and Isotopes pennants. As  USA Today reports, the red rotary phone in the bar even offers up prank calls from Bart Simpson.

Outside the culinary section, kids have a chance to jump on the spinning saucers of the new Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl ride. As Universal describes it, aliens Kang and Kodos invite “foolish humans” on an “intergalactic spin designed to send your lunch into orbit.”

But please, for your fellow Simpsons fans’ sakes, don’t actually indulge in the Duff Beer and then hit the rides. We hope that “Twirl ‘n’ Hurl” thing isn’t intended to be taken literally.

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30 comments
PhilSilvers
PhilSilvers

Unpublished Simpson factoid: The Comic Book Guy (Aka Jeff Albertson) was really a spoof of an editor from KABC-TV that worked on a behind the scenes Simpsons documentary in 1990. A few months after receiving an Emmy nomination for this TV documentary, the comic book guy character was then created. This Si-Fi trivia, overweight, pony tail Editor not only had the same look, but had all the same traits & same habits as well. He even had a video room with tapes stacked to the ceiling so you couldn’t see the walls. …Don’t know why the producers have never acknowledged this verifiable trivia.

Now if anyone can name the Editor, you’ll win my vote! ...any guesses???

PhilSilvers
PhilSilvers

Unpublished Simpson factoid:The Comic Book Guy (Aka Jeff Albertson)was really a spoof of an editor from KABC- TV that worked on a behind the scenes Simpsons documentary in 1990. A few months after receiving an Emmy nomination for this TV documentary, the comic book guy character was then created. This Si-Fi trivia, overweight, pony tail Editor not only had the same look, but had all the same traits & same habits as well. He even had a video room with tapes stacked to the ceiling so you couldn’t see the walls. …Don’t know why the producers have never acknowledged this verifiable trivia.

Now if anyone can name the Editor, you’ll win my vote! ...any guesses???

TheAndyLogan
TheAndyLogan

@AJFPRESTON Excellent! Sounds like a wonderfully cromulent place. I assume we're going by monorail...

oboeman
oboeman

Why is there no credit to Inside the Magic?  You used their video and I am sure they appreciate that, but not even a caption with a link?  Would seem like the right thing to do.

JammingWithEdward
JammingWithEdward

Real Simpsons fans would know that "Springfield" is based on real places in Springfield, OR and Portland, OR.

Saint_Rian
Saint_Rian

@TIME that was one of my top favorite TV shows growing up.

W4JTP
W4JTP

@tdnewcomb Long, long time ago, I wrote about a planned Garfield (cat, not president) theme park in Indiana. Never got off the ground.