Description And Comments
Another 3-D film coupled to a motion simulator, The Simpsons Ride is as much a satire of theme parks and as it is a careening high-speed trip through Springfield. The queue area and pre-show video alone are worth the wait in line, and include send-ups of virtually every classic Disney’s attraction from it’s a small world (in the Simpsons version the soundtrack goes “Don’t fear for me, just fear for you”), Haunted Mansion (here as the “Haunted Condo,” with “999 unhappy teen employees”) and Hall of Presidents (redone as “Hall of the Secretaries of the Interior” – wait time 0 minutes). Not even ride safety videos are spared; The Simpsons’ version is narrated by a high school student who intones “We’re required to take an extensive training course and not wear facial hair.”
The ride vehicles hold 8 guests in two rows of four. Each vehicle has its own video screen, similar to DHS's Star Tours but much wider. The film and ride follow the Simpsons family's visit to Krustyland, which goes awry when Sideshow Bob takes over and tries to kill everyone. While there are dozens of dips, turns climbs and drops during the six-minute ride experience, there are probably hundreds of one-liners and visual puns. There will be jokes and visuals that you'll get but will fly over your children's heads—and most assuredly vice versa. We rode twice just to see more of them.
As far as motion simulators go, The Simpsons Ride isn't as sickness-inducing as many. The wider screen seems to help, as this mom from Huntington, New York said:
I'm not a fan of wild motion simulators, but I was fine on this ride. The field of vision makes it very engrossing, like Soarin'. However, our family still rates Star Tours higher than The Simpsons Ride, as participating in the Star Tours simulation was most like actually being a character in the original Star Wars movie!
- This attraction participates in Universal Express.
If you arrive at park opening, see The Simpsons Ride after riding Transformers, Despicable Me, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and Revenge of the Mummy. Though not as rough and jerky as some simulators, skip it if you're an expectant mom or prone to motion sickness. Some parents may find the humor a little too coarse for their younger children.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for The Simpsons Ride when you visit on a day with a given Universal Studios Florida Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see The Simpsons Ride Wait Times.
- We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
- This attraction may be frightening for children.
- This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 40 inches.
Must be 40" tall to ride; not recommended for pregnant women or people prone to motion sickness.
- Physical Considerations
- Video Captioning Available
- Assistive Listening Devices Available
- Must Transfer From Wheelchair/ECV
- No Service Animals
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
Don't tell Disney's legal department, but the setting that Homer and Marge float through as they experience "Captain Dinosaur's Pirate Rip-Off" ride is an exact replica of the "we take the town" sequence in Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom. The only difference is that you travel backwards through these well-known scenes, moving from the auction scene back to the Wicked Wench instead of the other way around.
Other Attractions in Springfield, U.S.A.
Touring Plans with The Simpsons Ride
- Universal Studios One-Day Plan for Adults
- Universal Studios One-Day Plan for Parents with Children 40
|Wait per 100 people ahead||5 minutes|
When to go
During the first hour the park is open
|Opening Date||May 15, 2008|
|Scope and scale||Super Headliner|
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