Well it seems like one of my birthday cake wishes has come true. Universal Studios are developing a Simpsons theme park! Of course there is some sad news and that is that the park is not going to be built outside my front door. Instead the Universal Studios marketing machine has just guaranteed my purchase of a flight to Florida, which is where this wonderland will be situated.
The above image is official concept art from the park and comes along with the following press release:
“ORLANDO, Fla. (May 23, 2013) – Woo Hoo! Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer.
The expansive, new area within Universal Studios will be anchored by the mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, and will allow guests to enter the world of The Simpsons like never before. It will be the only place in the world where guests can walk the streets of Springfield. It will include a brand-new outdoor attraction, places and foods pulled right from the show.
And yes – there will be Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando.
For the first time ever – anywhere – fans will be able to walk down Fast Food Boulevard and visit the places that helped Springfield stake its claim as “Shelbyville by the Sea.” They will be able to grab a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, snatch the catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman, get a slice at Luigi’s Pizza, go nuts for donuts at Lard Lad, enjoy a “Taco Fresho” with Bumblebee Man and imbibe at Moe’s Tavern.
The new attraction – called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl – will take “foolish humans” on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit.”
God bless capitalism!
Oh and before I forget, what Simpsons article would be complete without a classic clip? None, so here ya go.