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20 Things Simpsons Fans Will Love at Universal Studios Orlando

January 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM | by | ()

The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios in Orlando first opened back in 2008 but only recently (last June), did the Florida theme park unveil Springfield, USA, the fictional hometown of Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and Maggie (and hundreds more.)

We strolled through Springfield a few months ago and snapped 20 Things Simpsons Fans Will Love. They sure beat singing princesses.

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Universal Studios Orlando Will Pour You a Foamy Mug of Duff Beer at Moe's Tavern

September 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM | by | ()

The Simpsons—in ride form—have been a presence at Universal Studios Orlando for quite some time, but just recently the rest of the Simpson gang finished moving into the amusement park.

It might not be as overwhelming in theme when compared to Harry Potter’s place, but Homer, Bart, Marge, and Lisa have some pretty respectable new digs. Familiar music welcomes visitors into their town, and soon enough park-goers run into retail and restaurants all developed with Springfield in mind.

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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Move from 'Portlandia' to Springfield for ‘The Simpsons'

January 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM | by | ()

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will soon find out if they can put a bird on it in Springfield too. The Simpsons has tapped the dynamic duo of IFC’s Portlandia to guest star on an episode, entitled The Day the Earth Stayed Cool, that will air next fall.

Fred and Carrie will voice characters who are part of a “cool” family which moves in next door to The Simpsons from Portland. In the episode Homer will try to be friends with them, but Marge will remain skeptical about being that "cool."

Simpsons executive producer Al Jean said the Portlandia stars are "the best thing to come out of Portland since everything our show took out of Portland," including Portland native and show creator Matt Groening.

[Photo: BomBlog]

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Travel Like Homer in 2009

January 4, 2009 at 11:06 AM | by | ()

Have you ever had a friend who was so coarse and boorish that you cringed whenever he would launch into conversation with a random stranger? And yet despite his complete lack of boundaries - or perhaps because of it - this friend would make meaningful connections with all different types of people? There are lessons to be learned from such people, and they are perfectly encapsulated in the character of Homer Simpson, loyal father, inattentive employee, and world traveler.

That's right, those of us who err too far on the side of timidity to avoid the label of Ugly American (or its regional equivalent) could benefit greatly from the teachings of Master Homer. The friendly people over at Canadian Online Explorer have compiled a list of the top ten Simpsons travel destinations, from China (pictured) to Australia, providing a perfect primer on how to deal with different customs and cultural mores around the world. To share just one pearl of wisdom, the people of central Africa will appreciate your efforts in breaking up any chimp-labor operations that might be going on. Absent that, just relax and don't be so self-conscious. Everybody's cooler when they keep it real like Homer.

[Photo: canoe.ca]

Related Stories:
· Top Simpsons Travel Destinations [Canadian Online Explorer]
· Simpsons Travel Coverage [Jaunted]

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Inside the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

May 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM | by | ()

Yesterday we spent the afternoon bumming around Universal Studios in Hollywood. Our first (and pretty much only) order of business was to check-out the brand-new Simpsons Ride.

You may remember that this ride replaced the Back to the Future ride which we were sad to see go. But have no fear, next to the Simpsons gift store--aka the Kwik-E-Mart--Doc Brown still lives on in his Doc Brown's Fried Chicken Stand.

Then again, Doc Brown is positively dwarfed by Krustyland, the pseudo-amusement park in which the Simpsons Ride takes place.

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The Simpsons Ride Now Open. Sorta.

April 25, 2008 at 2:07 PM | by | ()

We already knew The Simpsons Ride would be green, and now we've gotten a look inside. Set to open on May 15, the ride has been going through previews at Universal Orlando, and reports on what to expect are already leaking out.

The theme park obsessives at Orlando United have a super-detailed rundown of every aspect of the ride, from the lines outside to spoilers. (We won't spill any secrets here.)

We will mention that there's a clever nod to the Back to the Future attraction The Simpsons experience has replaced. "Technical Rehearsals" will continue until the official opening if you absolutely can't wait to ride this thing.

Related Stories:
· The Simpsons Ride Technical Rehearsal [Orlando United]
· Simpsons Ride Spoilers [LAT]
· The Simpsons' Universal Home Goes Green [Jaunted]
· What's Inside the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios? [Jaunted]

[Photo: Orlando United]

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The Simpsons' Universal Home Goes Green

April 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

In last summer's "The Simpsons" movie, an evil EPA head plans to cover up Homer Simpson's eco-unfriendly error by enclosing Springfield in a giant glass dome.

But America's first cartoon family actually cares a lot about the environment, if Universal Studios is to be believed: The new "Simpsons" rides at both Universal Hollywood and Universal Orlando use green technology to save over 600,000 watts of power a day, enough to run your laptop computer around the clock for a year and a half.

Designers of the ride, which is based on the TV show and the movie, used energy-conserving software, more advanced motors and LED lighting to achieve the energy savings. Take that, Russ Cargill!

Related Stories:
· What's Inside the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios? [Jaunted]
· The Simpsons Ride: The Krustiest Place On Earth [Jaunted]
· Green Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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What's Inside the Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios?

April 9, 2008 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

It's kinda hard for us to get excited about the Simpsons Ride opening at Universal Studios on May 17 because to open this ride meant closing down the totally awesome Back to the Future ride.

Still, we should be happy that replacement is something equally iconic. (We just wouldn't go for, say, a Snakes on a Plane experience.)

The LA Times' Daily Travel and Deal blog has some deets on the ride which is housed in the old BTTF ride structure and has the same motion simulator concept.

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The Simpsons Movie Spoilers Map: Still From PDX

August 3, 2007 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Contribute your Simpsons inspired locations by uploading your photo, with address to the Jaunted Flickr Photo Pool, or just send us the information and we will add it to the map.

At the behest of folks who have already seen The Simpsons Movie, we have added a Simpsons Spoilers map.  The map is similar to the Simpsons Movie Map Mashup we put together, which plots the overwhelming geographic evidence that proves the cartoon clan is from Portland Oregon.  However, this new map plots points directly from the movie, which is what makes it a spoiler map.  We can't say it any clearer, you have been warned.

No doubt the movie supports our original thesis -- the Simpsons are from Portland.  If you have seen the movie, or don't care about spoilers, check it out.  As always, Send your evidence here and we will magically turn it into a map point.



Related Stories:
·   The Simpsons Travel [Jaunted]

[Map: egw]

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The Simpsons Movie Map Mash-Up: Seymour Skinner's Butte

July 31, 2007 at 11:39 AM | by | ()

Contribute your Simpsons inspired locations by uploading your photo, with address to the Jaunted Flickr Photo Pool, or just send us the information and we will add it to the map.

We just can't stop thinking about The Simpsons -- guess that over hype marketing machine at Fox is actually working -- and we hardly think we're the only ones, given that the movie made over $70 million this weekend. (According to Homer Simpson, that makes us suckers. So what?)

Our latest additions to the Simpsons Movie Map Mashup? Matt Groening's comic origins and his alma mater, plus Skinner's Butte. Help us add more Simpsons inspired locations to the map. Send your evidence here and we will magically turn it into a map point.


Related Stories:
·   The Simpsons Travel [Jaunted]

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Movie Set Travel: The Simpsons Movie

July 27, 2007 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

Your whole yellow-faced favorite gang is back this week in the long-awaited Simpsons Movie that takes place in a Springfield near you. Homer apparently causes a toxic slip-up at the plant that forces the city to be evacuated - possibly forever! Nah, we doubt that...

All the regular voices are back, including Hank Azaria, Julie Kavner, and Dan Castellaneta. That's Homer, Marge, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Lou, Carl, Cletus...we could go on forever.

As this movie was well, shot on pages of paper, we offer you some fun Springfield-esque things to do in the U S of A.

Where To Stay: Hilton Hotel, Springfield, VA -- Drive just 10 miles south of DC and check the fam into the Springfield, VA Hilton. You can work out at the on-site gym, take advantage of the free shuttle to the nearby Metro stop, or just hang out in the pool. Kids under 18 stay free, but leave your Santa's Little Helper at home, no pets allowed.

Where To Eat: Springfield Grille, Mercer, PA -- Dig into baked brie, stuffed hot peppers, and even Springfield Pasta at this family spot housed in a colonial-looking building. On July 31, they're holding a $55 a person wine dinner with pairings from Greece, Italy, France and Germany. Probably a little upscale for Homer, but perfect for you.

Where To Get Cultured: Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA -- Head to a variety of Springfield's museums - pick from science, fine arts, or history - and check out their summer festivals celebrating the circus for your little Simpsons mini-me's.

Want more? Check out our Simpsons Portland Oregon connection map mash up.

[Photo: midnight]

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Back to the Future Still Present in Osaka

Where: Osaka
July 27, 2007 at 9:21 AM | by | ()

Universal Studios junkies might be looking forward to the new Simpsons ride (unless you've read about how lame it's gonna be) or more likely you're mourning the loss of that long time favorite, the Back to the Future ride.

But never fear, we have a solution. There will be one remaining Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios Japan (USJ to the in crowd) in Osaka. No plans to scrap this have been announced yet, and it was only built in 2001 anyway, so should have a bit of life left with it. So combine your craving for a bit of time travel with your desire for sushi. Problem solved.

Related Stories:
· Final Time Travelers to Board Back to the Future Ride [Ultimate Rollercoaster]
· The Simpsons Ride: The Krustiest Place on Earth [Jaunted]
· Travel Stories in Osaka [Jaunted]

[Photo: Yasashisa]