Universal Studios Hollywood Dedicates its New Simpsons Land
May 12, 2015, 8:02 PM ·
Universal Studios Hollywood this evening celebrated the official opening of the new "Simpsons"-themed Springfield land with a dedication for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
Of course, it all went horribly wrong.
Universal Studios Hollywood President Larry Kurzweil and "The Simpsons" Executive Producer Al Jean threw the switch for the ill-fated firing of the plant, then were joined on the dais by voice actors Yeardley Smith [Lisa Simpson] and Nancy Cartwright [Bart Simpson], far left, and Universal Creative's Mark Woodbury and Jon Corfino, far right.
Universal Studios Hollywood's Springfield creates many of the iconic locations and vistas from the long-running animated television show, next to the park's "The Simpsons Ride." Springfield houses several restaurants, including Krusty Burger, Moe's Tavern, Cletus' Chicken Shack, Bumblebee Man's Tacos, Suds McDuff's Hot Dog Stand, Duff Brewery, Luigi's, Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream Parlour, and Lard Lad Donuts.
Universal Studios Florida opened the original version of Springfield in 2013 as a refurbishment and expansion of its former International Film Festival food court building. However, Universal Studios Hollywood expanded that model, creating a more detailed vista that includes larger versions of Florida's eateries, as well as extra options.
Last month, we previewed the new land and its many new restaurants during a walking tour and one-on-one interview with its creative director, Jon Corfino. Take a look:
We've also been reviewing some of the new restaurants in Universal Studios Hollywood's Springfield during its soft-opening period.