Let's talk about what visitors will find in Universal Studios Hollywood's version of Springfield
Universal Studios Hollywood today confirmed that its version of Springfield will open in spring 2015, surrounding The Simpsons Ride on the Upper Lot of the park.
We've been watching the demolition around the area for several months now. But Universal's offered its first "teaser art" promoting what it will offer in this new themed land.
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In its press release, Universal Studios Hollywood announced, "'Springfield' is being designed to make guests feel as if they are being propelled through their television sets into the accurately depicted city, complete with signature eateries from Krusty Burger to Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor to iconic watering holes like Moe’s Tavern and Duff’s Brewery."
In the full-res teaser art, not only do we see Krusty Burger and Moe's, we also find a Barney's Bowlarama Coffee Shop, Cletus' Chicken Shack, and Lard Lad Donuts, as well as Krustylu Studios, the Elementary School, General Hospital, Penitentiary, Mr. Burns' House, the Springfield sign, Nuclear Power Plant, and the Police Station.
Obviously, some of these elements will be simple facades, but Cletus' and Lard Lad are dining options in the Orlando version of Springfield. And the Hollywood teaser art does not include Luigi's or the Duff Brewery, which also exist in the Florida version and were promised in the press release.
What do you think of the teaser art, and what are you hoping for from Springfield when it opens next year?
5 articles in 24 hours? You must have a good payday coming Robert. ;-)
Does USH just have the one re-themed Back to the Future attraction propping up all these shops/restaurants/merchandise locations or will they add a gussied up carnival spinner as well, like Orlando?
The Springfield ice cream shop will be Hollywood's analogue to the Florean Fortescue shop in Diagon Alley in Florida, I suspect.
James: Don't cut on Kang & Kodos until you get to ride it. I don't like spinners generally but this one is a blast. It's funny as all heck and the constant ranting of the aliens adds a lot to the ambiance of that end of Springfield. I assure you, you'll love it. It's worth it's tiny footprint.
Simpsons are not appealing to me, but the Minions are. Why are they so yellow? Must be all the foreign tour groups.
James R., Rob is right about Kang and Kodos. It's silly but funny at the same time... and a great homage to my favorite Simpsons characters :-). Give it a chance!
Anon, I shared this on Twitter a few weeks ago, but My Grand Unified Theory of Universal is that the Minions are the irradiated mutants who were born near the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
I had no idea there was that much space available near the Simpsons attraction. As long as there's a Moe's, I'm happy!
I didn't cut on it at all. It
Universal Orlando will always be much better than Universal Hollywood simply because they have a lot more space and I suspect everything costs more in California than in Florida.
^For locals, USH is definitely an improving park, finally getting the attention it needs (and deserves). For visitors to SoCal who generally go to Orlando instead (like me) there is still little reason to travel beyond Disney, Knotts, and Magic Mountain during a vacation.
James: I agree with you on that point. If I was flying cross country to La La Land, I probably wouldn't visit Universal. Basically all the same attractions as Orlando except for the tram tour. And with the exception of the great view from the park, it appears to be kind of a disjointed hodge podge of attractions. But I'm sure the expansion will be a great boon for attendance. There's a huge population in southern Cal....I'd only visit Disney though. Knotts & Magic Mountain hold zero interest for me.
I'm very happy to see these many recent improvements and additions to USH. As a SoCal resident, I've always ranked this park 4th on the list of the local parks.
Rob, Knotts has the Timber Mt Log Ride and the Calico Mine Ride... both worthy of your theme park dollars. And Magic Mountain is the Coaster Capital of the World. While Disneyland Resort stands head and shoulders above the crowded SoCal fray, Knotts and MM at least offer some intriguing options for visitors who normally vacation on the Atlantic/Gulf coast. USH is just more (really, less) of the same (except for the Tram Tour, and maybe Waterworld).
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