THE NEWS BUNDLE: Universal Orlando Announces 'The Simpsons' Springfield Expansion Area To Debut This Summer!

Earlier this month, Universal Orlando officially announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be expanded to include Diagon Alley and various new attraction that will arrive at the park next year. But until then, more construction has been seen around The Simpsons Ride with no clue as to exactly what the hell has been going on.

Now, Universal has revealed that they will be expanding the area around The Simpsons Ride and the Kwik-E-Mart to a full-out mini-Springfield. And before you ask, yes: there will be a Moe's, there will be Duff Beer, there will be an all-new ride, and there will even be a Krusty Burger.

Via press release (for a hi-res look at the concept art for Springfield, click the image above):


ENTER THE WORLD OF SPRINGFIELD LIKE NEVER BEFORE - 
ONLY AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT!


ORLANDO, Fla. (May 23, 2013) - Woo Hoo! Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort this summer.

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.

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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