Tuesday night a block party was held to officially open Springfield U.S.A. at Universal Studios Hollywood. That’s right, America’s most yellow family now has a full land where fans can explore the sights, sounds, and foods of T.V’s longest running sitcom. Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood features the many iconic landmarks made famous throughout the series’ mind boggling 26 seasons, including Springfield Elementary School, Comic Book Guy’s Android’s Dungeon, the cooling towers of Mr. Burns’ Nuclear Power Plant, the Springfield Police Station, the Aztec Theater and, of course, the Kwik-E-Mart. While the area has been soft opening in phases since mid-April, May 12th was chosen as the official opening and is also the birthday of Homer Jay Simpson.
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Special guests to the after hours party included Al Jean, the Executive Producer of The Simpsons, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of “Bart,” Yeardley Smith, the voice of “Lisa” and Joe Mantegna, the voice of “Fat Tony,”. “The Simpsons Ride has been an all-time favorite since it opened at our theme park,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “As Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates its 50 year milestone celebration, the introduction of Springfield underscores the extensive transformation underway to engage guests in dynamic and relevant, immersive entertainment.”
First came the ride, then the land followed. The all-new Springfield eateries allow guests to chomp down on a “Genuine Clown-Endorsed Meal” at Krusty Burger, grab a slice that’s “a-nice” at Luigi’s Pizza, enjoy a “Taco Fresho” at Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, or a platter of Chicken Thumbs at Cletus’ Chicken Shack.
The food. WOW. It’s all really good. Almost too good.
Upstairs, above Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, and Cletus’ Chicken Shack, is an interconnected, expansive dining area. themed to each of the eateries.
This is a great tip folks. Next time you are visiting Universal in the heat of summer, remember the huge upstairs air conditioned seating area in Springfield!
If we did have one complaint, it’s that there really aren’t many healthy options anywhere to be seen aside from what you can buy at the taco truck. Even the “Thrilled to be Grilled” Chickin Sandwich at Cletus’ Chicken Shack was slathered in thousand island dressing. It’s understandable how Springfield earned the distinction of being named “The Fattest Town” by the Duff Book of World Records.
The Springfield experience also features Moe’s Tavern, a Duff Brewery and a Duff Beer Garden, where guests can savor an authentic Duff Beer.
New strolling characters, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob, also make their debut at Springfield, entertaining and interacting with guests, and, in the case of Sideshow Bob, keeping a vengeful eye out for Bart, alongside existing favorites Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie Simpson.
“This is a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. “In spectacular fashion, guests can now enter an animated world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”
“I might actually had been excited about the new Simpsons attractions even if we hadn’t put our blood into making it great with our fragile egos waiting for the outcome,” said James L. Brooks, Executive Producer, The Simpsons.
“The Springfield launch at Universal Orlando exceeded all of our expectations with Simpsons fans young and old traveling from around the globe to experience the immersive land. We’re so excited to now bring the world of Springfield to Universal Studios Hollywood,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.
If you are a Simpson’s Fan, you simply must go check it out. You will feel as if you jumped, head-long, into your television and landed in the heart of Springfield U.S.A. As we said before, Universal Studios Hollywood has really upped their game in the quality of theme and the food offerings here. They pretty much have everything you could possibly want to eat from burgers to pasta to chicken and waffles. Then of course there is Lard Lad donuts and Phineas Q. Butterfat ice cream. Hurry and get out there. You’ll be embiggened if you do!