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The Simpsons Ride
Website: Universal Studios Florida Homepage
Ride Type: Interactive Movie
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.5000
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 9
Last Review: 2/17/2011 1:27:00 AM
In User Top 10: 2 times.
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4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DeathBurger on 2/17/2011 1:27:00 AM
The on ride experience is hysterical! You'll definitely be laughing while riding. Sadly, they kind of cheaped out and just reskined the simulators in the room from the old Back to the Future ride. Overall, its still fun and is a must do for guests.

1 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up EcakCake on 12/23/2010 11:31:00 AM
BOOOOO!!!! I didn't even go on it out of respect for Back to the Future.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoasterCrazy111 on 7/3/2010 2:28:00 AM
Awesome ride, this is a smooth ride. But for those who get sick when they look like there moving but arn't defintaly don't ride this ride. It even got me a little dizzy. The line gets very long very quickly, personally I only waited 20 minuets to get on. When I walked past it the line got up to 40-50 minuets long. Get here as soon as you ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket! It has a very fun quene. Its a show about the simpsons and the plot of the ride. It tells you about sideshow bob and what his plot is. I would ride it a 9/10 just because it makes you a little dizzy and the line length is a little bit long. This ride is not worth the hour or hour in a half wait. Things you wouldn't want to do before riding this ride is eat, drink, or if you all all ready feeling a bit sick.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ncvegas21 on 8/21/2009 12:31:00 AM
What a fun ride. The simulator is extremely smooth, obvious to see that the simulators have received much improvement after back to the future was taken away. The story is great and the ride is just a generally good time. Don't miss this one if you're in the park.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up praxis on 7/4/2009 1:26:00 PM
Greetings, theme park poindexters. It is I, special guest reviewer Homer J. Simpson. I realize that my family's ride replaces a much beloved one based on a movie starring Michael J. Fox --- it was the one where he was from the future, and he had to get back... I think it was Teen Wolf. Anyhow, the theming around this ride is heavy and entertaining. Why, nearby you can even get yourself a squishee. Mmmmm, squishees.... And it seems that all of Springfield has turned out in various light-hearted gags. If I knew anything about Judaism - and I don't - I would have laughed hard at the ad for Krusty's Funteractive Lithuanian Shtetl. It's enough to make you realize that you don't need to waste money on the overpriced DVD's those weasels at Fox keep peddling. There's even a cameo by some characters from The Mummy's Revenge... D'oh! Those are just my sisters-in-law. Then, after 4 hours ofwaiting in the Florida sun, sweating like Flanders at a Public Enemy concert, there's an actual ride. Someone is out to ruin the Simpsons' vacation - and it's not even me or the boy this time, but elitist funnyman Sideshow Bob. And they say I've got anger management issues. In 3-d animation sorta like a video game, rather than the tv show (so you know it's gotta be good if computers were involved!), you're off on a tour of Krustyland. The motion simulation is unbelievably cool! And it's not just the 34,000 blows to the head I've taken, or the 23 Duff beers I downed before writing this review, talking. Brainiacs like Lisa assure me that the movement is, lessee, I wrote down what she said... 'full of motion, perfectly synchorized with the video, detail-rich, and does a stunningly good job of making you feel like you're going downhill or even through corkscrew loops. Truly amazing!' Wow, my little girl sure is smart. I'm glad I wisely invested money for her college education with that nice Mr. Madoff. Fortunately, through ingenious plans and brave actions by myself, the Simpson manage to defeat Bob, and then I get to score with Maude Flanders. The Simpsons Ride is the best simulator in the world. You disagree? Why you little ---!!!!!!

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 12/16/2008 7:05:00 PM
Let me start off by saying that I unfortunately never got to ride Back to the Future, the ride that this one replaced. However, while many are certainly saddened by the attraction’s closure, supposedly the ride was getting very dated. Well, say good buy to the good ole Delorians and hello to Krustyland with Universal’s newest attraction- the Simpsons Ride.

Having never watched the Simspons once, I really wasn’t coming on expecting much, especially since most of the motion simulators I’ve been on have been pretty lackluster. However, the attraction started off on a positive note for me with the ride’s cartoonish exterior. While the ride’s entrance definitely is corny, it definitely does stand out with its vibrant colors and Krusty’s imposing head.

Prior to visiting Universal, I had heard many reports of this attraction garnering 60-90 minute waits since it was the newest attraction, but thankfully I think I was visiting the park on an off-day, as this only had a 20-25 minute wait each time I rode it. Really the experience begins in the very well themed queue, which replays various Simpsons clips much to my delight. In fact, I bet many Simpsons fans wouldn’t mind enduring a really long wait since I never saw any clips repeat during my wait, so there must be a ton that they use.

Eventually, I made my way to the top level of the building, the location of the ride’s really long and hysterical pre-show where the ride’s plot is established- Slideshow Bob has escaped jail and is determined to extract his revenge on Krusty and the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Krusty has debuted his newest, adrenaline-pumping attraction at his beloved park- Krustyland. Despite the pre-show’s incredibly long length, the overall quality and humor in it made it better than even some of Universal’s attractions! After the great pre-show, it’s time to board. Of the two rows, I definitely like the front better simply because of the unobstructed view, but other than that wherever I sat doesn’t really effect my ride. Also, the seats are comfortable and roomy, which is always a plus.

Once the ride begins, it’s apparent that this wasn’t going to be just a normal motion simulator. Forced to ride Krusty’s modified coaster at the mercy of Slideshow Bob, the attraction is an intense, action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end that flawlessly intertwined thrills with many parts that had me dying laughing. One thing I definitely have to praise the park on is how smooth and perfectly executed the motions were. At all times they were flawlessly synched to the film, and heck, they were even capable of producing better sensations than some roller coasters, especially during the roller coaster segment, which has some incredibly realistic drops and sensations, and my personal favorite, the incredibly convincing barrel roll performed.

Really there wasn’t a dull moment at all during the attraction, as it’s a rip-rocking joyride through Krustyland and Springfield, encountering surprise after surprise. I could describe every scene in detail, but I don’t want to spoil the pure genius of this attraction for anyone. Also, all of the CGI utilized during the attraction was crisp and vibrant, and the audio was flawless throughout. Not only that, but the Simpsons Ride was very long and definitely a satisfying ride experience that flawlessly combines thrills with comedy. Lastly, the audio was crisp and clear, a fact that I generally take for granted, but that is until I ride an attraction where I can’t understand what the heck is going on.

It’s official, I have a new favorite motion simulator, and I have a feeling that this one will almost never be beaten! I just can’t help but praise Universal for how well executed this attraction is, with the hysterical adult humor combined with an action-packed thrill ride from start to finish. The whole film is just ingenious and perfectly executed, and definitely a worthy attraction in Universal’s impressive arsenal of attractions. While I preferred the Mummy and Men in Black slightly better, the Simpsons Ride is an incredible experience from start to finish that is even far superior to many of the roller coasters I have ever been on! Yeah, it’s that good!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Pete C on 9/5/2008 6:19:00 PM
Solid 8 right here. This is a great way to freshen up a ride using the same technology and still pack people back in the queue. The ride film is just wild...a totally crazy, out of control romp from start to finish. The parts where you corkscrew upside down are very convincing and I was smiling the whole time.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up James N. on 5/21/2008 10:30:00 AM
I was at Universal yesterday and got a chance to try this out. It was quite funny and entertaining and the simulator effects were good. The ride queue and pre-shows were entertaining as well.
My one quirk with the ride itself is that I think the Simpsons characters in the ride shouldve been animated traditionally instead of in CGI (ala the Nickelodeon ride). Sure, its more expensive but it wouldve worked better.
Our ride attendant was also very rude and extremely short with us. There is no reason to be that rude to us especially at a theme park. That kind of ruined the experience a bit.
Other then those two factors, the ride was fun and entertaining.
Is it worth waiting over an hour for? No. Its not. The ride is too short for that. Will the kids like it? If they are Simpsons fans then definitely. Even if they are not, its a fun ride for all ages.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up erinys on 5/6/2008 9:36:00 AM
Rode this a couple times since it was fun, although it was during Technical Rehearsals and not all of the effects may have been working. The building is extensively themed. In addition to the giant Krusty head you walk into to get on the ride, there are numerous televisions throughout the queue, showing clips from the show (many relating to amusement parks) along with a few new clips related to the ride. The queues are set up to eventually run an Express Pass queue, but at this time they were only doing the standard one. The ride is built on 3 levels, with multiple simulator rooms on each level. Never made it to the 3rd level, so there may be slight differences in theming there, but on the first two levels once you get inside the pre-ride staging area, in which you are divided into about 8 lines, there are more monitors showing different Simpsons characters in different settings or park booths, each talking in turns in a way that is appropriate to them and their type of humor - I mostly remember Apu, Marges sisters, and Hans Moleman. Maybe Moe. Inside the ride chamber, the cars hold 8 people, 4 in the front and 4 in the back. Hope that you get directed to an odd number in the holding station so you get in the front row - second row isnt awful, just not as good. Throughout the building and ride there are lots of mocking references to existing famous rides and theme parks. The motion on the ride itself is excellent, falling straight down a couple times really felt like falling down. There are simulations of riding a coaster, floating in water, being dragged around a Shamu tank, and falling straight into hell (but no heat with it - that was disappointing). For all the time you are in water, there should have been more water effects, but perhaps perfecting that is part of technical rehearsals. The one portion that uses smell and water worked every time. Some characters, notably Mr. Burns, were missing. Overall, it was fun and made people laugh. Hard to decide between a 7 and an 8, but since 7 is practically a mediocre rating on the site, rounding up to an 8.

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