This past Sunday night, “The Simpsons” kicked off their 25th season on Fox (with a “Homeland”-themed episode), but that’s not the only thing “The Simpsons” celebrated this month. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Moe’s Tavern or the Kwik-E-Mart, you now can at Universal Studios Orlando’s Springfield USA park. The full Springfield experience officially opened in August, but is just now really taking off and has become quite a hit.
Park designers and the show’s creators worked closely together to craft the real-life Springfield, careful to include precise details from the show, including: the faint smell of doughnuts; the Simpsons iconic family sofa (where you can create your own couch gag); and even a snarky Krusty the Clown you can meet. But faux Springfield’s crowning achievement has to be its wide variety of food. For the health conscious, there’s Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror, which offers hummus and greens (similar to what Lisa Simpson would actually eat), an actual Krusty Burger, Bumblebee Man’s Tacos (which is not actually featured on the show but is a welcome addition), and, of course, Lard Lad Doughnuts, which serves... doughnuts. (Mmmmmm... doughnuuuuts... *drool*)
The park’s newest addition wouldn’t be complete without one key component of “The Simpsons” -- beer! Duff, Duff light, and Duff Dry are all brewed locally and are served at two locations in the park: Moe’s Tavern and Duff Gardens. Moe’s even offers the infamous Flaming Moe, although in this case, it’s a non-alcoholic beverage... but it’s still lit on fire!
There is no word yet on whether or not “Springfield” will come to Universal Studios Hollywood, although the park has set to work on a “mystery project”. In the meantime, Universal Studios Orlando will soon welcome another addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The second portion will be in Universal Studios Orlando (the first portion is located within Islands of Adventure) and will focus on Diagon Alley. There will even be a replica of the Hogwarts Express which will shuttle guests between the two parks.
As a huge “Simpsons” geek, I want to board a plane as soon as possible to visit. Will you be planning a trip to visit Springfield too?