The Simpsons Ride
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The Simpsons Ride is a simulator ride featured at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood theme parks. The ride officially opened in Florida on May 15, 2008 and in Hollywood four days later. It uses computer animated 3D animation by Blur Studio and Reel FX and 2D animation by Film Roman. The ride is 6 minutes long and about 24 characters make an appearance.
The Simpson ride involves a simulator ride similar to Back to the Future: The Ride. It uses 80 foot screens to give the rider a virtual-reality trip through a theme park called "Krustyland" and Springfield.
Queue Area and Pre-Show
Visitors walk through a large Krusty head into the queue area. HD television screens Krusty's history. In the Midway, riders line up in rows. Krusty appears on a TV screen to pick the first riders to ride his "Thrilltacular: Upsy-Downsy Spins-Aroundsy Teen-Operated Thrillride". Sideshow Bob then appears in a Scratchy costume and steps on Homer's foot. The riders then watch a safety video from Itchy and Scratchy under the name "Safety First".
Once the guests are seated, the Squeaky-Voiced Teen tells riders not to scream, so he can study for a Math test. He begins, but the ride doesn't start. Finally, Sideshow Bob cuts off his signal, and starts the ride with the Simpsons in front. Bob is mounted on a crane, and attempts to kill the family with a wrecking ball. Instead of the car being destroyed (the guests always follow from behind), the family is blown off the tracks, and into numerous rides including parodies of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean and Sea World's Shamu Stadium. Sideshow Bob is hiding in each one of them. Bob is then captured by a giant Maggie (who walked into the forbidden room in the beginning of the ride) who accidentally knocks the riders into "hell" but they are rescued by Prof. Frink who then takes them to Springfield where Bob tells Maggie to destroy Springfield so she can get her pacifier back. The guests fly in their car through Springfield and encounter Maggie again, who gets the pacifier back, but Sideshow Bob pulls it away again, and shortly uses the guest's car, until Lisa tells her to spit it out which she does. The guests follow the Simpsons back home to the famous couch in a recreation of the famous opening, but are captured by Kang and Kodos, who turn the couch into a "Death Drop" ride and tell them they must end their ride near the gift shop. As the couch falls out from the sky, they pass various other characters and Marge tells the riders to smile for the on-ride photo. They land on Sideshow Bob and think it's over until giant Maggie shows up and knocks over the giant Krusty head on to them.
In preparation for the renovation, the Florida version of "Back to the Future" closed on March 30, 2007, while the Hollywood version closed on September 3, 2007.
All the actors from the show reprise their roles, with the exception of Harry Shearer, who refused to participate in the project.
All character were voiced by their regular voice actors while Jim Dooley did the music.
- Bevil, Dewayne. "Simpsons' Kwik-E-Mart gets the Universal seal of Apu-val." The Orlando Centinel. October 26, 2007.