The Simpsons’ Springfield Comes to Life at Universal Orlando Resort Summer 2013

I can hear the chorus singing now and the clouds forming the words… The Simpsons… Today, Universal Orlando Resort officially announced an expansion of The Simpsons area of Universal Studios Florida to a full-blown land of Springfield.  The development of The Simpsons’ Springfield was not totally unexpected as you could see buildings and facades for weeks, but no one knew what the land would include.  Turns out, there will be a restaurant serving Krusty Burgers, Moe’s Tavern serving Duff Beer, and a new ride, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl.  [No, I didn’t make that up.  It is The Simpsons afterall.]  The new area will open this summer, and one wonders if it will be open in time for The Transformers: The Ride – 3D debut on June 20th.  Continue reading for more details and images from Universal Orlando’s press release.

The Simpsons' Springfield at Universal Orlando Resort

© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

From Universal Orlando Resort

Woo Hoo! Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort launching this summer.

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Orlando Resort

© 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.


The expansive, new area within Universal Studios will be anchored by the mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, and will allow guests to enter the world of The Simpsons like never before.  It will be the only place in the world where guests can walk the streets of Springfield.  It will include a brand-new outdoor attraction, places and foods pulled right from the show and two new Simpsons characters who will make their debut with the new area – Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.

And yes – there will be Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando.

For the first time ever – anywhere – fans will be able to walk down Fast Food Boulevard and visit the places that helped Springfield stake its claim as “Shelbyville by the Sea.”  They will be able to grab a Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger, snatch the catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman, get a slice at Luigi’s Pizza, go nuts for donuts at Lard Lad, enjoy a “Taco Fresho” with Bumblebee Man and imbibe at Moe’s Tavern.

Springfield Comes to Universal Orlando this Summer

Springfield Comes to Universal Orlando this Summer © 2013 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.


The new attraction – called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl – will take “foolish humans” on an intergalactic spin designed to send them into orbit.

“This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative.  “For the first time ever, they’re going to be able to enter a world that they’ve only seen on television – and we’re really excited to bring that world to life.”

“This new expansion will broaden and deepen the already incredible experience at Universal, by bringing to life the iconic landmarks of Springfield that fans have grown to love,” said Jeffrey Godsick, President, Fox Consumer Products.  “Fans will literally be able to live and breathe Springfield as they visit the statue of Jebediah, enjoy a Krusty Burger, and have a seat at Moe’s Tavern, which are just a few of the great experiences awaiting at Universal.”

“It has been an honor to bring the world of the Simpsons to life in such a letter-perfect way,” said Denise Sirkot, President, Worldwide Brand, Gracie Films.  “Truly this is the Krustyest place on earth.”

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.