TPR was invited to the Grand Opening of Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood! Springfield brings lot of new dining options to the park including Bumblebee Man's Taco Truck, Cletus' Chicken Shack, Duff Brewery, Krusty Burger, Lard Lad Donuts, Luigi's Moe's Tavern, Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream Parlour and Suds McDuff Hot Dog Stand. Got a chance to sample most of them last night and they're all excellent! Definitely a great addition to the park.
Check out the photos from last night:
We're at Universal for the grand opening of Springfield!
The "yellow carpet" was brought out tonight.
Love the changing marques on the Aztec Theater!
The stage is all set!
The sun sets over Springfield.
The opening ceremony starts!
Universal Studios Hollywood President Larry Kurzweil delivers some opening remarks.
The Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean also delivered a very funny speech. "Please don't look at Hogwarts, it's not finished yet."
Bring on the citizens of Springfield!
Ready to throw the switch and open Springfield!
Luckily the Haz-mat team was on call!
Springfield is officially open!
Let's have some food.
Cletus' Chicken Shack is first up.
Chicken Shack menu
Lots of options.
Gotta try Krusty Burger!
Krusty Burger menu.
Krusty photo credit!
Krusty Burger lobby.
Lots of places to sit.
The Krusty the Clown career room is very cool for Simpsons fans!
Wouldn't be Springfield without Moe's Tavern.
Cool hangout spot!
The Simpsons Ride pulls this whole area together.
Side-Show Bob's on the loose!
Good thing I was there. ;)
Hot Dog house menu.
Lard Lad's donuts.
Who doesn't love a giant doughnut?
Lots of photo ops!
Lots of cool facades Simpsons fans will love!
Wannabe celebrity credit! ;)
This is where I'll be hanging out!
Side-Show Bob trying to escape from Springfield Penitentiary.
Goodnight Springfield! Go check it out!! It's now officially open!
Well this is bad timing... seems like The Simpsons will not be around for much longer..'
As we reported earlier this month, Fox has renewed The Simpsons for another two seasons, though some other outlets were quick to point out that there was supposedly a lone holdout in the voice cast. The International Business Times reported that the holdout was in fact Harry Shearer, who they claim was looking for a bigger piece of the merchandising gold mine. Well, Shearer just tweeted the following semi-cryptic messages that would appear to mean he’s off the show: “from James L. Brooks lawyer: ‘show will go on, Harry will not be part of it, wish him the best’ (1/2)” and “This because I wanted what we’ve always had: the freedom to do other work. Of course, I wish him the very best. (2/2)” If it’s true, it would be a pretty stunning blow to the show’s long-running voice cast, since Shearer provides the voices for Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Skinner, and many, many more.
He wasn't even part of the ride. Losing his characters is definitely a blow, but the Simpsons have so many characters that don't get enough time on the show there is a chance this could be a good thing as the show winds down!
I've only been to USH once several years ago so I don't remember much about the layout of the park or where the Springfield expansion is but for some reason the Hollywood version looks a lot more immersive and impressive than the Florida Version. Looks great, wish I liked the ride a little bit more, but the new area surround it is awesome.
Hilltopper39 wrote:I've only been to USH once several years ago so I don't remember much about the layout of the park or where the Springfield expansion is but for some reason the Hollywood version looks a lot more immersive and impressive than the Florida Version. Looks great, wish I liked the ride a little bit more, but the new area surround it is awesome.
It's footprint is roughly where Doc Browns chicken, Cantina (and it's patio), and the Flinstones Carnival games were. The other side just repurposed Ben & Jerrys and Louie's pizza.
Except for their Halloween Horror Nights, I've never been much of a fan of USH, which I've always thought to be small and lack attractions you'd want to experience more than once a year. But I have to say, this new area looks fantastic! I hope the park can continue to grow and improve in the years to come, and I'm certainly excited for Harry Potter.
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