If I ever really and truly needed an excuse to visit Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, then this would be the news that makes the decision for me. Yeah, yeah, Disney World and Harry Potter, blah, blah, blah, but this news appeals to the sarcastic little girl who used to watch The Simpsons religiously through middle and high school and continues to quote the show regardless of whether or not you’ve seen an episode. In fact, if you haven’t seen The Simpsons, we may have to question our friendship, dear reader.
Yes, the longest running animated series is getting its own theme park! According to their press release, Universal Studios will be devoting an expansive portion of its park to bringing The Simpsons’ hometown of Springfield to life! And when I say “to life” I mean you’ll be able to walk the streets of Springfield, USA. The proposed Fast Food Boulevard will allow park-goers and Simpsons mega-fans to enjoy donuts at Lard Lad, get a Krusty Burger, and drink actual Duff Beer – brewed exclusively for the park – at Moe’s Tavern! The already popular Simpsons Ride will anchor the park with the addition of Kang and Kodos’ Twirl and Hurl and a number of other outdoor attractions featuring the many landmarks and residents of Springfield. Just knowing that there will be a life-size replica of Jebediah Springfield’s statue makes the Simpsons fan in me SQUEE!! in delight!
What more could I hope for?
Here’s some ideas:
- A game of rakes with Sideshow Bob
- Please have the tire fire!
- Pins with the town motto: A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man
- Some Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, Malibu Stacy, Krusty brand…whatever!
- Could I even hope for the monorail?
- The Kwik-E-Mart and The Android’s Dungeon
- There has to be a way to include Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, even if it’s just using recycled dialogue
- A jazz session with Lisa and Bleeding Gums Murphy
- Can I get a Flaming Moe as well? The secret ingredient is either love or children’s cough syrup
- The smallest of tributes to Frank “Grimey” Grimes
- And, of course, a parade of mechanical Itchys and Scratchys
Just to name a few things. Considering the show has been on the air for a quarter of a century come next year, there’s a rich history and tons of material to reference in order to bring the show to life for new and old fans alike.
Like I said, I’m already getting my ticket to Orlando because I’m sure nothing could possib-lie go wrong!