Join the Simpsons in another fun, immersive journey as you wander through the captivating world of Krusty the Clown.
The Simpsons take a vacation to Krustyland where they’re given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Krusty the Clown’s newest thrill-tacular ride. But Sideshow Bob – Krusty’s former partner and now archrival of both Krusty and the Simpsons – aims to seek revenge by sabotaging Krusty’s newest creation in an effort to kill the family. Will he succeed?
Duration: 5 minutes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, ask for assistance. You will be required to board the ride’s seating.
Flash Photography and Video Taping Policy: Permitted, but only in the queues. There is absolutely no photography or video taping during the actual ride.
Height Restriction: 40″.
Child Switch: Yes. Child Switch allows your party to experience the Simpsons while you wait behind with your child. When your party is finished, you’ll reverse roles – you ride, your party waits.
Child Friendliness: Mostly child friendly, with some exceptions. See the intensity meter below for more information.
With the height requirement in mind, the Simpsons Ride is everything you’d expect after watching the television show in terms of content and language. With regards to everything else, the ride is mostly child friendly. Do note that the ride building is somewhat dark, and the actual ride simulates high heights, water effects and fire. Again, all fake, but keep that in mind.
In all, your child shouldn’t have a problem, but we’d rate this a very strong 6 on the intensity meter.
Seating: There are 8 seats per vehicle. Count your party before entering the queue to speed up your wait time.
Seating: You and your party will be given a number that corresponds with a line in the preshow (carnival midway) room. Again, ensure that 8 people are in your line.
Seating: Tall people should sit in the front of the ride vehicle for a more comfortable ride.
Personal Belongings: Belongings should be placed against the wall in the ride’s vehicle room.
Queue: The queue’s a mess. There are three main portions: extended queue, preshow and pre-boarding briefing with three complete floors. In other words, expect a bunch of standing and ensure your party always remains together.
Photography and Video Taping: During the ride, employees have a complete view of guests using infrared cameras. Photographers beware!
Like we mentioned above, the ride features 8 people per vehicle – with 4 in the front and 4 in the back. If you have large belongings, place them against the side of the walls in the ride’s vehicle room.
We’d also like to note that there are multiple ride vehicles during a ride. Though it may feel like that your party is alone, you’re actually experiencing the same ride with hundreds of other people.
Oh boy, the Simpsons. Let me start off with the good:
So, first’s things first: the Simpsons Ride is absolutely an enjoyable ride. It’s decently themed, relatively fun for the whole family and it’s a fun experience combined with the biting humor you’ve come to expect from the television cartoon. The ride itself uses two very large curved IMAX screens that create the feeling of being fully immersed in the world of the Simpsons. Simply put, it’s a remarkable experience.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend missing it, because the Simpsons has become one of Universal’s flagship rides, and despite what else I’ve got to say, I will admit that I usually get a kick out of ride as a whole.
That being said, I see this attraction as a missed opportunity on so many levels. To give a bit of backstory, the ride was built entirely on the foundation of its predecessor, Back to the Future: The Ride – and when I say foundation, I literally mean it is as if they’ve simply changed the ride’s film. Granted, they did a bit more than that, but let me explain:
First off, it’s the Simpsons. We’re talking over twenty years of potential. Quite frankly, the Simpsons franchise has the material to carry an entire theme park, let alone a single ride. So when fans go through the queue for the first time, they can feel justifiably disappointed. Besides a few posters and monitors littering the ceiling, there’s not much in the way of theming throughout the ride.
Worst of all (and perhaps my biggest beef with the ride as a whole), the attraction was undeniably done on the cheap. Chipped paint, rehashed ride system, and the same disastrous queuing system as Back to the Future undermines the entire experience.
But again, I need to reiterate that in the end, the ride is enjoyable and that’s what truly matters. Honestly, I doubt most guests will notice the flaws that I’ve mentioned above, but most adamant theme park fans will probably understand my point of view.
“A fun and witty experience. It’s a decent ride.”