The Simpsons: The Ride

The exact location of the town of Springfield has been kept a secret by producers of FOX’s hit animated series The Simpsons, but soon fans will find it at Universal theme parks. A new ‘mega-attraction’ based on the long-running comedy is set to open at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in spring of 2008.

Universal’s creative team is collaborating with Simpsons creator/exec producer Matt Groening and exec producer James L. Brooks to create a new fantasy amusement park as dreamed up by the show’s cantankerous Krusty the Clown. The show’s original cast will lend their voices to popular Springfield inhabitants as visitors enjoy a special interpretation of thrill rides, dark rides and “live” shows.

“The ride is designed to duplicate the Simpsons home-viewing experience, only at high speed and with lots of screaming,” Groening comments.

“I am particularly thrilled since, like most people, I’m forever looking for a way to cut the line at Universal Theme Parks,” adds Brooks.

With 18 seasons under its belt, The Simpsons is the longest-running sitcom on television and FOX will air its historic 400th episode air this May. A 19th season of the multiple Emmy Award-winning series is currently in production.