The Simpsons’ best lines will be flowing from the lips of Orlando visitors like so much Duff at an Isotopes game when they check out Springfield, Universal Studios Florida’s newest themed area and an instant draw for the TV show’s millions of worldwide fans.
Hey, hey, kids! Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob are Universal's newest meet-and-greet characters — Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
Familiar faces – Sideshow Bob, Bumblebee Man, Chief Wiggum and more – stud the main drag in both statue and costumed-character form for phenomenal photo-ops. Beloved places – Moe’s Tavern, Krusty Burger, Lard Lad Donuts (including its iconic figure) – beckon park-goers to partake in all of Homer’s favorite fattening goodies from the show.
In addition to the longtime Universal favorite Simpsons Ride, an all-new outdoor attraction – Kang & Kodos’ Twirl 'n' Hurl ride (at least, that’s what they want you to think…) is open and spinning up a space storm as it edges the infamous alien duo ever closer toward world domination.
Citizens Kang and Kodos are the stars of the Twirl 'n' Hurl, Springfield's outdoor ride — Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
Can’t get enough of that wonderful Duff? The new brewery is open as well, wetting whistles with beer brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando Resort in a lovely open-air setting.
The brick facade of the Duff Brewery stands out against Universal's expansive Springfield recreation — Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort
Springfield is equal parts theme park whimsy and Simpsons-nerd nostalgia; celebrating – downright geekily in places (a very sincere compliment) – TV’s longest running show with humor and aplomb. Topiaries of the Seven Duffs, the statue of city founder Jebediah Springfield, and the Love Tester all compete with Fast Food Blvd. venues,The Frying Dutchman and Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror, for which detail will garner the most delighted smiles.
Be sure to pop into Moe’s Tavern for a round of Flaming Moes. Though, please note: neither alcohol nor cough syrup are among its secret ingredients.