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.