The Simpsons Ride: The Krustiest Place On Earth
A Simpsons theme park conjures up so many possibilities. Herschel Schmoikel Krustofski's version of a theme park, some sort of Mr. Burns inspired nuclear power plant ride, an "Escape Side Show Bob" ride perhaps.
Thus when Universal announced a Simpsons inspired ride was set to open at its two parks in Orlando and Hollywood, California, in the spring of 2008, we thought, how perfectly cromulent.
However, while Universal Studios is indeed replacing "Back to the Future: The Ride" with a Simpsons ride, the company is not exactly thinking big:
According to Theme Park Insider:
Apparently, Universal Studios have admitted that the New Simpsons Ride will be a very cheap re-fit of the Back to the Future Ride, incorporating existing fittings, especially the cars.
The overhaul and relaunch of the ride is to be as cheap as possible due to NBC's Minimal Spend approach.
Also it appears that the voices of the Springfield residents may not all be provided by the original actors.
If you take into account the cost of hiring the "Voice Artists" for each episode of the Simpsons (stupid money) there would be no way Universal would pay that much, so they will be using sound-a-likes wherever possible!
Are you kidding? You get a cash cow like "The Simpsons Theme Park" dropped in your lap and you decide to play "blow 'n go"?
Matt Groening is reportedly involved so let's hold out hope NBC rethinks their approach. After all, Theme Park Insiders did all the brainstorming sessions for them years ago, all the executives have to do is steal one of those ideas and run with it.