The Simpsons Ride reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for The Simpsons Ride, a simulator ride in Springfield at Universal Studios Florida. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
The Simpsons Ride involves a simulator ride similar to Back to the Future: The Ride. It uses 80-foot IMAX screens to give the rider a virtual-reality trip through a cartoon theme park called Krustyland, built by Springfield's leading TV personality, Krusty the Clown. Guests will take a wild tour of Krustyland with the Simpsons Family while on Krusty's Thrilltacular Teen-Operated ride roller coaster in order to save the Simpsons from Sideshow Bob.
To the enter the queue, guests must walk through a giant Krusty head. In the queue, guests wait under various circus tents themed to carnival stalls and are shown various advertisements for the attractions at Krustyland. Once guests enter the pre-show room, they are introduced to the rides at the park by Krusty himself, before being ushered into the pre-flight boarding room themed to a small circus booth, where they are picked alongside the Simpson Family to be the first to ride the most extreme ride at the park. Guests then watch a safety video starring Itchy and Scratchy of The Itchy and Scratchy Show.
Shortly after boarding Krusty-themed dark ride cars, guests are lifted 10 feet into the air rather than going through the dark ride doors in front of them, and take place in a wild chase through all of Krustyland and its attractions, and eventually part of Springfield. The ride features 29 regular characters from The Simpsons and features the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Pamela Hayden, Russi Taylor and Kelsey Grammer. In an homage to the Back to the Future ride that it replaced, The Simpsons Ride features a brief animated cameo from Doc Brown.
It's not the old Back to the Future ride, but it certainly surpasses the old ride in smoothness. It's still a fun ride, don't get me wrong, and the ride is a far smoother experience than Back to the Future used to be (BTTF was WAY jerkier and rougher than Simpsons is). Definitely worth visiting once or twice, since the lines can get a bit long, and it takes forever for people to get on and off the ride. - Eric Malone
I really enjoy this attraction. The pre-show and ride are great. The overall theme is just what the doctor ordered. The young man who was directing us to our ride looking very similar to the cartoon character in the rides safety video! - David Bradley
The motion of this ride is to jerky for me. - O T
I actually enjoyed the queue for this one more than the actual ride. While the ride is herky jerky and a bit chaotic, the line is funny, well thought out and enjoyable. The smell of baby powder was cool though. - Jeff Moon
9/10 - Outstanding. I was afraid that the attraction wouldn't live up to the classic Simpsons episodes, but I'm happy to say that it is hilarious, thrilling, and visually invigorating. In my opinion, it is a superior replacement to Back to the Future in every respect. - Joshua Counsil
Both The pre show and the queue area is packed with great jokes, and the ride itself balances that humor with exhilaration admirably. For a Simpsons fan like myself, this isn't to be missed. 9/10 - Mark Doherty
One of the best simulator rides I ever been and my favorite attraction in USF, the pre-show is also hilarious, not 3d but who cares, is so good! - David Shaul
What a fun ride! It's hilarious and just a whole lot of fun! One of my favorite rides at Universal Studios Florida. - Bryce McGibeny
A very fun ride, but after riding it a bunch of times, the novelty starts to wear off. A cool thing would be if there was a Treehouse of Horror overlay during September and October. 9/10 - Dominick D
This is one of my favorite rides at Universal Studios. The queue line is a lot of fun, and the ride always makes me laugh. I didn't think I would like this ride that much when I first experienced it, thinking it would be a poor replacement to Back to the Future, but I was pleasantly surprised. My only gripe about the ride is this: I like doing this ride a lot, and that means watching the pre show a lot, which can get boring and long after a few times. In my opinion, though, the ride is worth it even though you have to watch the pre show over and over again. - Jake Mappes
A great ride that has grown on me over time. By far one of the most entertaining queues and preshows out there, the Simpsons really does a terrific job of bringing you into the show's world. - Sean Huckel
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