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The Simpsons Ride Review – Universal Studios Hollywood

The Simpsons is a real American institution, which is odd really as it many pokes fun at the American way of life. But it has remained popular through the ages and its relevance remains as generations grew up and new ones took their place. While its popularity has waned dramatically it still holds a huge place in the hearts of millions, probably billions of people. So the Addition of a Springfield Area in Universal Studios Hollywood (/and Florida) was always going to be a big draw.

The Simpsons Ride Review

The Showpiece of this area is the Simpsons Ride and 3D motion Simulator taking you in Krustyland’s Ill-fated new Roller coaster and Journey through Springfield with the Simpsons along for the ride. But Family rides have a habit of being a bit dull and unimaginative, so is the Simpsons ride any good, and is it worth the queue? The Simpsons Ride Review Article lets you know everything you need to know about the ride.

  • Location – Springfield, Upper Lot, Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Type – 3D Motion Simulator
  • Duration – 4 Mins 30 Secs
  • Height Restriction – 40 in (102 cm)
  • Average Queue time – 20 mins – 60 Mins
  • Single Rider – No
  • Additional Info – Genuinely Funny
The Simpsons Ride Review
  • Exhilaration
  • Fun
  • Smoothness and Comfort
  • Uniqueness and Theming
  • Value For Time

What is the Simpsons Ride

The Ride System uses a Large I-max Dome Screen that surrounds the Riders making you believe you are “in” the cartoon. The Ride Cars remain stationary throughout but tilt and move around to simulate movement as you move through the video.

It’s a modern and high-tech experience that really is pretty unexpected in a “kids” ride. The motion is convincing and despite the fact it’s a cartoon you do genuinely feel along for the ride. It’s typical Simpsons fare and very funny as the ride breaks free of its original setting and heads out into Springfield.


The Simpson Ride is located in Universals Lovingly created Springfield area. This is one of our favorite areas of the park and is filled with cool locations, Characters, and sets from the cartoon. It’s one of the very few places you can go to get a Krusty Burger, a Squshie, and even a REAL duff Beer from Moes! And when we say real we kind of mean it, this isn’t a Bud with a Duff label on it but actually, a special beer commissioned by Universal. Which is a great touch.

We really do like the Springfield zone and the icing on the cake is the Ride itself so let’s take a look.

Ride Experience

The Ride is billed as a Family Ride and has the same broad appeal as the TV show. The Humor working for kids and adults alike. Naturally, fans of the show will find the ride funnier than non-fans but the thrill element can be enjoyed by anyone.


The Queue is normally fairly short in comparison to other rides and it has a good throughput. It is also well themed and the laughs start here as multiple screens poke fun at the theme park industry. While Disney gets the brunt of the stick Universal is not afraid to turn the guns on itself too.

The Queue runs through multiple stages all themed around a Midway style carnival with stands run by Springfield regulars. Here the Story is set as the riders try out the NEW crusty roller coaster which is then taken over by Sideshow Bob in an attempt to bump off your coaster mates, the Simpsons.


Simpsons Ride Film
Courtesy of Universal Studios

Once on the 8 Person Ride Vehicle, you are lifted up into the IMAX Dome, and the Ride Begins with you riding the most preposterous roller coaster imaginable.

The 360 Screen is really cool and fully immerse you into the cartoon world. The drops and sensations of the coaster feel real despite the very obvious disconnect from the real world. It is quite amazing how easily you can trick the primitive parts of your brain while the more modern realize it’s all fake.

After a short while, events escalate and the ride takes a turn as Side Show Bob intervenes and you leave the coaster and Krustyland before taking a journey through Springfield encountering regular characters and locations and even a giant radioactive Maggie.

Additional effects such as smoke wind and water all add to the attractions as the thrills and humor persist throughout. The Ride section lasts approximately 4:30 which is really good value in terms of ride time.


The Ride is a real success. It is genuinely funny but the high-tech nature is far more than you would expect from a family ride which are normally pretty basic. This is probably because of the huge range of age appeal the Simpsons brand draws. While the show may be a shadow of its former glory the ride is still a really fun and exciting experience that should not be missed.

Have Your Say

Let us know what you think of the Simpsons Ride? Did you enjoy the experience? Did you get the humor? Or were you bored and confused for 4:30 Min? Whatever you have to say about the Ride let us know below? Got any Questions Again Just drop us a Comment.

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