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D'oh! A ride report for The Simpsons at Universal Orlando

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Published: April 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Well I got up this morning and carried on with my normal daily routine, until I got word that a certain new ride at Universal was in "Techincal Rehearsals."

Twenty minutes later I was at the entrance to the all new The Simpsons Ride, staring up at the awesone front of building, eyes lowering to 55 wait time. Not bad.

I entered the queue amid laughter from the other patient wanna be riders. Flat screen TV's filled the lines, showing carefully selected clips from all Simspsons episodes, relevant to theme park culture and of course, the man himself, Krusty the Clown. I won't spoil too much but look out for a great BTTF sketch (All new for the ride).

The line actually moved quicker than expected and 40 minutes later I was ushered into row 2.

The inside, although completely changed, is still easily recognisable for anyone who rode BTTF. But some great features in there and packed with laughs.

The ride itself is a cross between BTTF for screen size, but with much higher quality. You can tell the animation used for the ride is not the same used for the TV show, but still good.

The screen images, as moving fast, come out the same way Jimmy Neutron does, sometimes it is just a blur...

I won't spoil anything else for you as this a great ride and a great laugh, but I will point out one thing. No character rides in the car as was guessed months back!

Readers' Opinions

From Robert Niles on April 23, 2008 at 4:08 PM
Thanks, Gareth!

TPI's attraction listing page for The Simpsons Ride is now open for ratings and reviews from those who have gotten aboard.

From Dan Rosenberg on April 23, 2008 at 4:49 PM
Great Report Garet but is there anymore info on the ride you can tell us without spoiling too much? For Instance, what are the ride cars themed as?
From Gareth H on April 23, 2008 at 5:00 PM
The cars themesevles are just a re-work of the old BTTF cars, nothing spectacular, but the start of the ride will confuse and amaze, the first time at least.
From Dan Rosenberg on April 23, 2008 at 5:05 PM
Thanks for that. By it will amaze and confuse you in the beginning you mean the queue and preshow, right?
From Gareth H on April 23, 2008 at 5:08 PM
No, the very start of the ride, as the car raises (like it did on BBTF)!!!

Let me know when you get on it and you'll see what I mean!

From Dan Rosenberg on April 23, 2008 at 6:51 PM
I saw the preshow video on youtube and it looks awesome! I'm mad though because I can't get down there until this summer.
From Dan Rosenberg on April 24, 2008 at 12:09 PM
Hey Gareth, I saw the ride video on Youtube and I know what you mean=)
From Kathy Whitaker on April 26, 2008 at 6:03 AM
Rode on Thursday the 24th...was awesome...when decided to go again later tho the line was toooooooooo long..so get there pretty early..they should be running a technical showing right up to the formal Grand Opening in May. Sledge on Orlando United has a perfect scene by scene report that says it all if you are so inclined..

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