For every Simpsons fan who’s ever dreamt of tasting a Lard Lad donut, chugging a pint of Duff, or sitting down to a family meal at Krusty Burger comes a vacation destination most cromulent: Springfield!
Universal has announced that a new Simpsons theme park is currently under construction at its Orlando, Fla., resort.
According to a press release, visitors will be rubbing elbows with Sideshow Bob, Bumblebee Man, and a host of other characters from the long-running animated series by this summer.
"It has been an honour to bring the world of the Simpsons to life in such a letter-perfect way,” said Denise Sirkot of Gracie Films, which produces The Simpsons, in a Universal release. “Truly this is the Krustyest place on earth."
While built around an existing Simpsons Ride, the area is being touted as an entirely new theme park.
Springfield U.S.A. will be unlike any other Simpsons shrine before it with a full-scale Kwik-E-Mart, The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, Cletus’ chicken shack and other such iconic town locales shown in the company's spec video above, and the construction update below.
“Foolish humans” will be able to take a spin on a space-themed Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n Hurl ride, pose with a statue of Jebediah Springfield in the town square, or simply walk the streets of Springfield.
But for those with an appetite like Homer Simpson's, the main draw is culinary.
"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',” wrote Universal in its realease.
Among the Springfieldian delights they list as available is:
· A Krusty-certified meat sandwich at Krusty Burger.
· The Catch of the day at the Frying Dutchman.
· A slice of pie at Luigi’s Pizza.
· Donuts at Lard Lad.
· A “Taco Fresho” with Bumblebee Man.
And, of course, Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando at the theme park's Duff Brewery and served at Moe’s Tavern.
“This will be a must-see experience for Simpsons fans all over the world,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative said in the release. “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.”
And he's far from the only one excited.
- Some fans had specific demands for what they'd like to see in the park. There is a definite demand for replicas of the infamous BORT license plates featured in Season 6, Episode 4 when the Simpsons go to Itchy & Scratchy land.