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The Simpsons at Universal: Don't get too excited just yet!

2007-04-26

By Gareth H: News I received from an attendee at the "Behind Closed Doors" at the Orlando Tourist Board Meeting, held at the Orange County Convention Center, on Tuesday, April 24th.:

Aparrently, Universal Studios have admitted that the New Simpsons Ride will be a very cheap re-fit of the Back to the Future Ride, incorporating existing fittings, especially the cars.

The overhaul and relaunch of the ride is to be as cheap as possible due to NBC's Minimal Spend approach.

This would be similar to the Jimmy Neutron Ride, which replaced Hanna Barbera a few years back!

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on April 26, 2007 at 1:50 PM
See, thats why this doesn't make any sense!

Spend some money on this ride and keep it the way it is! I can understand if this was a very unpopular and stupid ride, but it was still a crowd favorite with little complaints. Look at the other rides in the Orlando area gone...


Alien Encounter (only had a cult following, huge complaints)

Alfred Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote (extremly outdated)-Loved both of them, but I might be in the minority

Timekeeper (didn't bring in the lines)

Take Flight (always walked right onto this one)

compare that with BBTF

15-30 minute wait at least!

I also think our informed opinions of attractions are differnt than the general public. I think thats why so many of us liked attractions like Alien Encounter, Cranium Command, etc

From Iris Hernandez on April 26, 2007 at 8:53 PM
OMG.....I am not at all surprised. Oh they are going to get some serious crap for this. I feel it coming. There is a storm brewing and Universal is in for a hurtin'. It just amazes me that they wont even put in brand new more simpson looking vehicles. Cheap, Cheap, Cheap. I will never think of Universal Studios the same. To take out something so classic and they dont even have the dignity to put something worthy there. Sad....just sad.

:-( :-0 :'(

From Gareth H on April 27, 2007 at 12:23 AM
It would seem that the concept from BTTF is being re-used, obviously the building will stay the same, it will just be redecorated and Simpson themed.
The cars will be adjusted and made to look like something that fits in with the crusty the clown theme, or maybe Homers beat up ride.

The reason I hated BTTF was becasue of the cars, they were ill designed, not taking into account peoples various shapes and sizes. How many people do you know that have complained about suffering motion sickness once the ride ended???

Fingers crossed they at least make the cheap alterations un noticable to the general public.

Does anyone know if they have full rights? Can they add charectors to the park? That would be a good addition!

From Eric Malone on April 27, 2007 at 4:52 AM
Sad. Not only are they changing it into something lack luster, they're not even plunking down the proper cash to develop the ride to its potential. What, are they just going to repaint the building?

For shame.

From matt mornan on April 27, 2007 at 12:15 PM
How disappointing. When i read this, ". They’ll experience a side of Springfield previously unexplored as they enjoy the new ride’s interpretation of thrill rides, dark rides and “live” shows that make up a new fantasy amusement park dreamed up by the show’s cantankerous Krusty the Clown." I was thinking Spiderman meets T2... it appears we won't be so lucky.
From Diana Weiss on April 27, 2007 at 1:50 PM
That is sad and disappointing. My family loved the BTTF ride as well as the movies. We can't stand the Simpsons and what they represent. The worse part of the ride before was that it was so bumpy in the back row. I am afraid that they won't fix the problem. I will be sure to stay clear of that one and just go to the MIB ride. Come on Universal!
From Phillip Florendo on April 27, 2007 at 2:43 PM
Obviously the best thing to do right now is to jump to conclusions and hate the ride before they even start working on it.
From Erik Yates on April 27, 2007 at 3:02 PM
I've been hearing different from people that work there. Yeah, its going to use the IMAX technology, but the ride vehicles are going to be a bit different, and they were even talking 3D...glasses and all.
Its one of those, dont believe it til you see it things.
From Anthony Murphy on April 28, 2007 at 8:30 AM
Well when you take out an attraction that was a BIG part of your park, people are going to be upset!
From Erik Yates on April 28, 2007 at 1:08 PM
Question...last time you went to Universal Anthony? BTTF, when both sides were open, only had on average about 15 minutes. It wasnt as popular as people would have you believe. There was a public outcry when it announced that it would close, but there was an equal amount of joy. The ride was tired, unkept and old. It was very unenjoyable. Jaws, while it did suffer the same was still very enjoyable....hence the HUGE public outcry when there were only rumors that it would go down permanently. As long as the new ride has a bit of new stuff that doesnt make you sick...it will get pretty good reviews, and will have a decent sized line. Even though Shrek and Jimmy are not great attractions compared to what was there...they still have substantial waiting times all the time.
There will be Simpsons costumed characters starting the end of this year....from what I've been told.
From Anthony Murphy on April 29, 2007 at 9:55 AM
Ummmm when I was there last year, it was a packed ride. No kidding, that day we did both parks and this, besides Spiderman, had the longest line. This is not a joke, I am totally serious.

Secondly, In my opinion, Jaws doesn't even hold a candle to BTTF's greatness. Yeah, it was old, it needed a little fixing up, but not totally taken out.

And now there is news that they are Putting the Simpson with the same idea? Is Universal Crazy? This just goes to prove that Universal does not pay attention to anything. This is going to be their "Stitch's Great Escape" If Universal wants to be awesome, it needs to WAKE UP!

From Anthony J on April 29, 2007 at 1:48 PM
We have no idea how it's going to turn out so please.. no comparisons to Stitch's Great Escape just yet.

Yes, Back To The Future is dear to some of our hearts but Simpsons are HUGE. They're STILL an international success and the longest running sitcom on television. I don't care what your personal opinion on it is but it still makes for an attraction at Universal, my favorite theme park.

Back To The Future made most people I know nauseous and the only reason I would put myself through it (when I decided not to skip it) was purely for my love of BTTF. I hope The Simpsons will utilize new simulator technology that will make for a much smoother ride experience.

The concept for the ride sounds awesome. You have to wait until Spring to comment on the execution.

From Franki Brock on April 29, 2007 at 3:37 PM
anthony j could not have said it better!
From Deidre Dennis on April 29, 2007 at 8:10 PM
Ditto to Franki, Anthony J and Phillip. I, am wondering why people are so in love with BTTF. Not that it's a bad ride but I rode it twice at both parks and it made me extremely nauseous. Personally I see nothing wrong with change and if this new Simpsons ride is smoother, then I'm all for it.
From David Renteria on April 30, 2007 at 7:27 AM
Theme parks are cash cows. But you get out of them what you put in. If NBC keeps doing things on the cheap, they'll keep getting cheap revenues back.
From Gareth H on April 30, 2007 at 1:46 PM
I spoke to another insider today. Confirmed the Flume I'd already posted right here!

Apparently, they could hava made this into another indoor coaster, as was suggested internally. The BTTF building is 3 floored (2 Floors below what you see, not the levels inside) so space isn't an issue, the cost of removing the 2 floor and reinforcing the walls was...

Also it appears that the voices of the Springfield residents may not all be provided by the original actors.

If you take into account the cost of hiring the "Vouice Artists" for each Episode of the Simpsons (Stupid money) there would be no way Universal would pay that much, so they will be using sound-a-likes whereever possible!

Maybe ERIK could start something on that radio thing he does (plug plug plug) and get you guys to call in and leave your best simpson voice!

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