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Friday, 20 March, 2009 0:09 AM

New Simpsons Ride offers fun for all at Universal Studios Hollywood

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The entrance to the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- The new Simpsons Ride is open at Universal Studios Hollywood. The simulator ride is based on the popular animated television series. It lasts six minutes long and is sure to put a smile on your face, young or old. It is not a roller coaster -- rather it is a ride that is a contained within a room. However, there is a roller coaster part in the simulation.

As you enter the ride, you will go into a room with elevator doors. Krusty the Clown appears on a screen to give you safety information. Then, you will get on a large ride car with two rows of seats, capable of holding four passengers per row.

The ride lifts you up into the animated world of Springfield. Ride cars will go up and down, turn left and right and shake you. It appears as if you are flying over the town. There is a roller coaster portion of the ride -- but its only on screen as your ride car does not go down a actual coaster.

At the end of the ride, Krusty the Clown appears on the screen with a camera. He takes your picture and then it is available for you after exiting the ride. The photo can be printed for $15 at the kiosk. With purchase of a photo, you can e-mail it to yourself or someone else free of charge.

A Kwik-E-Mart gift shop is located near the entrance to the ride. It sells t-shirts, hats, drink cups and even items such as Duff energy drinks and oversized ediblee donuts.

The Simpsons Ride opened at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 19, 2008. The ride is the most popular attraction at the resort. The one-millionth passenger milestone was reached on July 14, 2008 at Universal Studios Orlando.

Other recent additions to the Hollywood theme park include The Universal Experience, a museum of Universal Pictures memorabilia. Many items are on display inside this mini-museum including an Oscar award, a motorcycle from Leatherheads, costumes from recent motion pictures Milk and Frost/Nixon. It is located in the lower lot of the themepark.

Opening later this year is "Creature From the Black Lagoon- The Musical". It will be a live performance show and will replace "Fear Factor Live". The musical will take place in the upper lot of the themepark.

In 2011, a Transformers ride will open in the lower lot. It will replace the Backdraft and the Special Effects Stages attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The backlot at Universal Studios caught on fire on June 1, 2008. The fire destroyed thousands of copies of film and television footage. It is expected to cost $50 million to replace what was damaged. The popular Studio Tour is still being offered and you can see the rebuilding process as it takes place.

Be sure to visit Universal Studios Hollywood on your next vacation or business trip.

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PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A Kwik-E-Mart gift shop is located outside the entrance to the Simpsons Ride.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The entrance to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Universal backlot is being reconstructed after a fire on June 1, 2008.

 

 

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