When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, they also acquired the rights to The Simpsons. Which leaves the future of Springfield at Universal Studios a little uncertain. So, I decided it was high time to give Springfield its moment to shine here on the blog, because, honestly, the theming is pretty good, and gives a decent illusion that you’re in the town of Springfield, complete with a Kwik-E-Mart, Moe’s Tavern, and Krusty Burger. For our visit, I applied the rules of Disneybounding to my visit, and bounded as one of my favorite Simpsons characters, Snake Jailbird, who can be seen at Universal attempting to escape the Springfield Police Station.
Personally, I don’t think Disney wants The Simpsons in their parks. Even though they have incorporated Marvel into the parks, I think Disney would rather Universal just pay them for the rights to use The Simpsons, and make money that way. But I guess there is always the possibility there might be a fully realized Krustyland sometime in the future.
I feel like this is a good time to admit that I hadn’t watched a single episode of The Simpsons until after I met Pat. It was one of the few things he watched that I had not. Previously, I had thought it a rather low-brow show full of crude humor. While that is true on some levels, I think it also has a lot of intelligent humor, and I simply adore Lisa. Additionally, Simpsons creator Matt Groening is from Portland, and the city influenced the show in many ways, most notably the naming of some characters. Many character names come from real streets (and therefore real people) in Portland, including neighbor Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Mayor Quimby, and Sideshow Bob Terwilliger. The ice cream shop Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor is also influenced by Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, which started in Portland.
Take a spin around Springfield, indulge in a Ribwich at Krusty Burger and more at Universal Studios, Hollywood.