DanaWalk: Springfield Revisited
I revisited Springfield to see the almost completed other side of the street, and I say almost completed because we were still waiting for Kang and Kodos’ Twirl ‘N’ Hurl ride to open when I was there.
Across from Kwik-E-Mart, Moe’s Tavern, and Krusty Burger you can now find Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, Lard Lad Donuts, Duff Gardens, and plenty of Springfield’s finest to take a photo with.
Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is probably my favorite because of the food truck craze that is going on right now. The tacos sound amazing and the next time I go to Springfield, I will either try the Chicken taco or the Carne Asada taco. Anything with guacamole is a must for me!
Chief Wiggum is hanging out by Lard Lad Donuts, as usual, with his police car that he’s run into a fire hydrant. The fire hydrant is also a small water feature for kids to play in on a hot day. It was not working when I was there, but it was up and running the next day.
Next to the Chief, and before you get to Duff Gardens, is the statue of Jebediah Springfield. If you visit him, make sure to notice the real grass that surrounds him. I loved that they used real grass instead of the fake grass that resides over by Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Some of you might not know, but I am a Kentucky girl and I miss my bluegrass and this was pretty close to it!
For all of you Simpson fans, the plaque on the back of the Jebediah statue reads, “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
Duff Gardens is an open-air bar that serves up three different Duff beers, the Flaming Moe, Squishees, as well as fountain beverages and bottled water. They have a few small food items such as a fruit cup or nuts that you can purchase here as well.
Out in front of Duff’s are the Seven Duffs, which forgive me, I had to look up because I am not too familiar with the whole Simpsons series. I found out that their names are Tipsy, Queasy, Surly, Sleazy, Edgy, Dizzy, and Remorseful. They are a parody on Disney’s the Seven Dwarfs in that they are complete opposites.
On the side of Duff’s where the “brewery” is, is a Duff gift shop with Duffman hanging out right beside it for you to snap some photos with.
The whole place is colorful and fantastic, but I personally feel like the focus is on too much of the food aspect of the Simpsons. I realized this last trip to Springfield, that I want something more than just food, like a walk-through Simpson house. Would that not be cool?
One last thing I noticed…Barney is back! His beer stein is back to looking like he only has a drop of beer left in it and it’s great. Glad to have him back where he belongs in Moe’s.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D is set to have it’s grand opening on June 20, 2013, but the attraction is currently in technical rehearsals right now meaning that it will not be scheduled to open and can be closed at any time.
The N.E.S.T. building is impressive, especially now that Optimus Prime adorns the entrance rooftop above the attraction entrance.
The wait when I got to the attraction was 90 minutes, and the single rider line was being used sparingly. On our ride we were directed to use the Express Pass queue line.
Right before it’s your time to protect the AllSpark, N.E.S.T. agents are debriefing guests about their ride vehicle, EVAC.
Once you’re inside of EVAC, the ride vehicle, you know that this is going to be a really great attraction.
The attraction is very similar in feel to The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, because it uses the same ride vehicle and 3D glasses technology.
The graphics are well done and feel very real, like you are actually a part of the battle.
The story line and ride sequence of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D are fun and intense!
Here is a closer look at EVAC, the newest transformer, is protecting the AllSpark from Megatron, so you are always being chased by him and the Decepticons. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and other autobots help out you and EVAC along the way to help defeat the Decepticons.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride–3D was really entertaining, and I cannot wait to ride it again! But since it is a new attraction, you will want to be prepared for a long wait especially if you are visiting before it officially opens.
Universal Orlando recently debuted Fast Food Boulevard in Springfield, where the Simpson ride is located, in Universal Studios Florida. There is still more of Springfield to be completed later this summer, but be sure to check out this new area! It is a must-see for any Simpsons fan!
Colorful murals cover the walls in the main eating area of Fast Food Boulevard.
Within Fast Food Boulevard, you can find Krusty Burger, The Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, and more. It is set up like a food court, and you can move about to decide what you would like to eat. A queue line and menus are available and will be in use during busier times.
The Krusty Burger comes with a 6 oz burger, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese sauce all served on a specialty bun. It comes with ‘kurly’ fries and a pickle spear. You can also substitute fresh fruit or apple sauce for the fries for a slightly healthier option.
The ‘World Famous Lard Lad Donut’ can feed a group of friends. It is so good!
In addition to the outside entrance, you find that Moe’s Tavern also has an entrance off of the food court area. They have televisions playing a loop of scenes from The Simpsons that take place at Moe’s.
The best table in the room to sit at has to be the pool table!
You can even purchase a flaming Moe or Duff Beer , available in 3 varieties, in the food court, but it feels more authentic to order them in Moe’s Tavern!
The Flaming Moe is non-alcoholic, and is a must buy just to watch it smoke and bubble! It tastes similar to carbonated Orange Tang. Oh, and only Moe knows what makes it ‘flaming’.
I hope that you enjoyed this look at Fast Food Boulevard in Springfield, and we can’t wait for the rest of this area to open at Universal Studios Florida!
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