The Simpsons Ride in Universal Studios Florida
3-D thrill ride
The Simpsons Ride is located in Springfield U.S.A. in Universal Studios Florida (USF). Look for it across from Kang and Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl.
The Simpsons Ride Description
The Simpsons Ride is the flagship attraction for the Springfield U.S.A. area in Universal Studios Florida (USF). The ride is based on the ever-popular television show The Simpsons. The premise of the ride is a visit to the Krustyland theme park with the main characters of The Simpsons: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. You enter the ride's queue by walking into the mouth of a gigantic Krusty the Clown head. The queue features Krustyland posters and Krusty-related clips from the TV show as well as a few animated clips designed specifically for the attraction.
The queue morphs into a pre-show when you enter Krusty's Carnival Midway. This is where Krusty comes on screen to announce that he is choosing riders for his Thrilltacular: Upsy-Downsy Spins-Aroundsy Teen-Operated Thrillride. You're ushered off to a second room for a second pre-show that includes video-based clips of the Simpsons family.
Riders are then seated in Krusty-shaped ride vehicles that face an 80-foot IMAX dome. Each ride vehicle seats eight people. HD images are projected onto the dome's surface with custom-made Sony projectors, and the ride vehicles move in sync with the action, simulating the motions of a roller coaster among other things. The movements get pretty wild when Sideshow Bob takes control of the ride and flips the switch from thrill to kill. You and the rest of the Simpson family end up twisting, turning, soaring, and crashing through various areas of Krustyland, including Happy Little Elves in Panda Land, Captain Dinosaur's Pirate Rip-Off, and Krusty's Wet and Smoky Stunt Show. Smoke, mist, and other special effects add to the experience.
The Simpsons Ride exit is located next door to the Kwik-E-Mart, which sells Simpsons-themed merchandise, including toys, apparel, books, and other souvenirs.
The Simpsons Ride History
Universal Creative and the creators and producers of The Simpsons TV show (James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean) collaborated for two years to create The Simpsons Ride. It officially opened with a ceremony in May of 2008. The ride replaced Back to the Future: The Ride, which opened in May of 1991 and closed in March of 2007. The Simpsons Ride is located in the Springfield U.S.A. section of Universal Studios Florida. This section was expanded in 2013 to incorporate a new ride (Kang and Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl), restaurants, and carnival-like midway games.
Express Passes are accepted on The Simpsons Ride.
Single Rider Line
There is not a single rider line for The Simpsons Ride.
Guests must meet the 40 inch height requirement to experience The Simpsons Ride. Supervision is required for guests under 48 inches.
Guests must transfer from a wheelchair or electric conveyance vehicle (ECV) to the ride vehicle seats of The Simpsons Ride. Closed captioning and assistive listening are available. Obtain closed captioning transmitters and assistive listening headsets at a Guest Services location in the park.
UO Fan Guide Ride Tips
- The screen and the motion of this attraction can cause motion sickness in some people. Take proper precautions if you are prone to motion sickness.
- The best seats are in the center of the row. The images can be a little distorted if you sit on the row ends.
UO Fan Guide Mini Review of The Simpsons Ride
The Simpsons Ride is a must-do for Simpsons fans. If you like the television show, you will almost certainly enjoy the ride. You hear the voices of almost 30 regular characters performed by the original stars of The Simpsons TV show and get a good dose of theme park related humor. The ride jokingly takes swipes at everyone from Universal and Disney to Sea World. There are also a lot of sight gags that will appeal to most people with a funny bone.
Universal calls The Simpsons Ride a "thrill" ride, but the ride vehicle doesn't go down a track or flip you upside down like some thrill rides. It is more exciting than rides like Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, but the motion simulation is pretty tame and smooth. In our opinion, it is okay to take most children on this ride (they won't get too scared), but if you think the humor of the Simpsons TV show is too "adult" for your children, then you'll probably feel the same way about the humor in the short movie shown with this ride.
The Simpsons Ride Image Gallery
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