All New Thrilltacular Upsy-Downsy Spins-Aroundsy Teen-Operated Thrill Ride

6 May

“Simpson’s did it!” – Dougie as General Disarray (South Park)

Universal Studios Orlando is in “soft opening” for its newest attraction “The Simpson’s Ride” and I got to ride it a few times this past week. It officially opens on the 15th, but has been up and running for the past couple of weeks. The ride takes the place of the old Back to the Future ride, which was a great ride in its hay day, but had become a very rough and battered version of itself. The new ride is very similar to the old one, the buildings have basically just been repainted/re-themed and new technology added here and there to update the old classic. I think they did an awesome job of re-theming and as a huge fan of The Simpsons I think it is awesome! There even is a Kwik-E-Mart next door selling Duff Beer Energy Drink.

 

Yes, you enter through Krusty’s mouth!

 

WARNING: Some Spoilers may be contained below.

So if you have ever ridden BttF, then you know its one of those simulator rides with a HUGE screen surrounding you. In the ride you are about to ride the “All New Thrilltacular Upsy-Downsy Spins-Aroundsy Teen-Operated Thrill Ride” at Krustyland when escaped mad man Side Show Bob shows up to take down Krusty, and kill the Simpsons! ::GASP::

The ride is really “upsy downsy” as you fly/float/ride through the world of theme parks including a short ride on “Captain Dinasaur’s Pirate Rip Off” (a very good digital rip off of a certain popular Pirate ride in another park, only with Dinosaurs) and a ride on the back of a large killer whale!

The ride took shots at not only the other theme parks, but also at Universal as you crash through a “SEND UNIVERSAL MONEY” billboard in the middle of Springfield. These kinds of small jabs is why I love The Simpsons and this ride. But there is more to love then just what takes place on the ride, and since I don’t want to spoil the whole thing for you, I will concentrate on the other stuff.

The re-theming includes brand new HUGE plasma monitors throughout the cue line showing “Krustyland Favorites” and new informational/safety videos from the owner (Krusty) and chief of security (Chief Wiggam). The new videos are drawn in 16×9 format to fit the wide-screen monitors beautifully, but of course the old Simpson’s clips are in standard 4×3. So did the designers take the opt out by stretching the old clips? Or did they black bar the screen? NEITHER! I was thrilled to see they decided to frame the 4×3 picture (keeping intact its original screen ratio) with what looked to be the Simpson’s own TV! Very creative and a small detail that I immediately noticed and appreciated!

The Krustyland Favorites clips included the great Bort license plates and the Duffland “It’s a Small World” ripoff with small children from around the world drinking Duff Beer! I also enjoyed the clip of Surly (one of the 7 beers) “Surly only looks out for one person…SURLY!” and other CLASSIC Simpsons clips.

The new clips were great as usual and included a very nice nod to BttF. Professor Frink arrives at Krustyland and is distraught when he finds his beautiful Institute of Future Technology is gone so he goes “Back to the Future! And by future I mean past” only to accidentally cause the end of the IFT leading to Krustyland!

 There are a lot of elements within the ride and outside of it that make it a great experience, but you’ll just have to go for yourself!! I said go! I’m waiting!

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