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 replaced Back to the Future: The Ride in 2008, and uses the same motion-base seats in front of 80-foot IMAX screens as its predecessor. You're visiting "Krustyland," lining up for a ride on "Krusty's Thrilltacular Teen-Operated Roller Coaster." But then, Sideshow Bob appears, and — say it with me now — it all goes terribly wrong.
As Sideshow Bob tries to kill you during your wild ride through Krustyland and Springfield, look for the many references to various Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld attractions thrown into the ride film. If you watch carefully, you might even notice a cameo from Back to the Future's Doc Brown. The ride also features 29 regular characters from The Simpsons, voiced by the original artists, including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Kelsey Grammer.
In 2013, Universal rethemed the area around The Simpsons Ride as Springfield USA, adding a second Simpsons-themed ride to the land, as well as several counter-service restaurants, serving food and drinks featured in the animated TV series.
While I still miss BTTF, this is a worthy successor and a good simulator ride. Biggest gripe is that the theming mostly relies on the video clips, but it works with the show's sense of humor. - Christopher Sturniolo
I was a HUGE fan of Back to the Future, but this ride has more than made up for the tragic loss. The queue and preshow are hilarious. The ride itself is a blast, and once the projection system is updated, it should be on par with other rides at the resort. The motion can be a bait much for some people, and the hydraulics system needs some oil or something because it makes creaking sounds as you lift off the ground. - Quentin Scruggs
Probably the best ride ever. Only complaint is the video quality and how some of the cars are rougher than other ones. I expect an challenge from Escape from Gringots. 10/10 - Jaiden Cohen
One of my favorite rides in the country. As a Simpsons fan this ride is filled with references to the show, but even if you haven't seen an episode of the show, this ride has a lot to offer. The ride story is fun to be a part of and this simulator ride is just awesome. The visuals are not as bright and crisp as other newer attractions but a new projection system is on the way and that will further improve this attraction. It's a must see. - Manny Barron
I love the off color humor of this ride. Going to a theme park with the Simpsons is certainly an adventure... one I am willing to take again and again! - Michelle Morgan
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
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