While the makers of “The Simpsons” have never revealed what state the city of Springfield is located in, the town has come to Universal Studios Hollywood. Opening at the theme park on Wednesday, May 13, is a live-action replica of Homer and Marge’s hometown, complete with locations made famous on the show, including Moe’s Tavern, Duff Brewery and Krusty Burger. The area is located next to “The Simpsons Ride.”
Tuesday night, Universal Studios hosted “A Taste of Springfield,” introducing the immersive attraction to guests and journalists. The evening kicked off with the dedication of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, which — in true “Simpsons” form — went awry, with a “meltdown” that included an impressive fireworks display.
On hand for the event were “Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean and voice actors Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Joe Mantegna (Fat Tony). At one point, Cartwright was even seen in line for the “The Simpsons Ride.”
But the real stars of the evening were the Simpsons themselves, as the characters of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Krusty and Sideshow Bob roamed the neighborhood and gamely posed for photos with attendees.
Also a hit was the cuisine, including desserts from Lard Lad Donuts in flavors like maple bacon and s’mores. Drinks served at Moe’s Tavern included Duff Beer and the infamous Flaming Moe, which used dry ice to simulate a smoking effect. Krusty Burger offers not only hamburgers, but foot-long hot dogs and Homer’s favorite addiction, the Ribwich. There is also a replica of Luigi’s Italian restaurant offering pizza and pasta and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlour.
Fans of the show, which has been on the air for 26 seasons, are sure to appreciate all the in-jokes, from the Seven Duffs (including Surly and Remorseful) that line the Duff Brewery to the Aztec Theatre marquee listing Troy McClure movies.