Location: Universal Studios Florida
Theme: The Simpsons
Ride Vehicle: Motion Simulator Ride
Duration: 6 Minutes
The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Florida is based on the popular animated television series of the same name. The ride replaces the far superior and beloved Back to the Future: The Ride and operates in quite a similar fashion. It’s basically a simulator roller coaster ride much like 3D The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and, to a much lesser extent (extremely less actually), Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast.
Equipped with unique hydraulics and a state of the art projection system, the ride makes you feel like you’re really part of the action going on in the screen without the use of 3D glasses. The fact that the screen itself is not flat and ‘surrounds’ your simulator vehicle helps immensely, this is one fatal flaw that made Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast disappointing.
You enter a building that looks a lot like the outside of a spook house but is decorated and modeled out of circus tents and carnival structures. Then you watch a pre-show (one that could feel quite a bit long at first) which depicts the Simpsons family boarding a new roller coaster ride which is about to be interrupted by the villainous Krusty the Clown. The Simpsons Ride works on all levels, making use of hydraulics and a non-flat projection screen, as Krusty enacts his trail of revenge, plunging you along with the Simpsons family into hairpin death traps and broken roller coaster tracks. Of course, the ride extends beyond the roller coaster but I won’t spoil the rest for you. You can expect to see 24 characters from The Simpsons television show who all make appearances here.
Overall, The Simpsons Ride makes spectacular use of simulator technology but the one thing that hurts the most is to know that this is where Back to the Future: The Ride used to be. I personally never went on Back to the Future: The Ride and it was one of the things I was looking forward to. Nevertheless, an entertaining addition to the Universal Studios Florida family of rides.