Restrictions and access
40 inches; has Express Pass access.
Two sentence insider summary
Join the Simpsons family as they go on their own theme park adventure to Krustyland. This motion simulator ride is chalked full of characters straight from the show and generous portions of Simpsons humor–enough to make re-rides very entertaining.
2 out of 5. Straightforward simulator ride.
Even though this attraction is only about a year old (it replaced Back to the Future), it typically doesn’t get lines longer than 30 minutes, and often has lines no longer than 10 minutes due to its large capacity.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
This attraction may be based on an animated show, but if you have seen the Simpsons on FOX, then you know their humor and story themes are adult-oriented. Expect the same on this ride.
OI fun fact
In homage to the Back To The Future Ride, which The Simpsons Ride replaced, Comic Book Guy is wearing Marty’s futuristic jacket from Back to the Future Part II. Creator Matt Groening can also be seen in a portrait on display in the queue sequence.
The Simpsons Ride carnival games
At the end of summer 2012 construction began on the facade of The Simpsons Ride, and in early October new carnival games’ were revealed. Here, at the entrance to The Simpsons Ride, these games fit perfectly, as this attraction is based on the new Krustyland theme park.
You can see photos of all nine of the new games in the end of the photo gallery below.
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very entertaining, funny for all ages, kind of like soarin at epcot, only with laughter, been on this since it opened at least twice each year, very good simulated ride for everyone
We rode this over and over!!!! So much fun!!!
A fantastic trip to 742 Evergreen Terrace….
As a young man born in the early 90's, I grew up with the Simpsons. I watched every episode, played the games, and even read the Treehouse of Horror comics. When I heard Universal Studios had a Simpsons ride, I knew I simply HAD to ride it. Now, before I go on, I must admit that going in to the ride, I had very high expectations. And EYE CARUMBA! every single one of them was met twofold! As you approach the ride you instantly become immersed in the world of the Simpsons. The characters themselves walk around the ride for a great photo opportunity, and there are fun midway games which provoke wonderful memories of Springfield. As you enter the ride itself, you will immediately notice that every inch of the ride is colorfully and beautifully decorated. You will feel like you just walked into a circus tent for the Krusty the Clown Show. As a bonus, the wait is almost always short! There are many queues, and you also watch a funny original Simpsons short to entertain you right up till it's you're turn to ride. The ride is fantastically visual and is accompanied by fun experience on a fixed motion simulator (so its a great ride for those who don't ride roller coasters).
Overall the Simpsons ride is a great experience for the whole family. A multi-rider for sure.
Production Value: 5/5
Ride Excitement: 5/5
Avg Wait Time: SHORT (5-15 minutes)
XTREME Factor: 3/5 (Fixed motion but still very intense!)
Enjoy your visit to Springfield!
Meet the Simpsons...Ride!
One of my all time favorite cartoon shows is The Simpsons. So when I first heard they were going to have this ride, I was ecstatic that my Springfield's #1 family was going to get some love with a ride. I love the whole setup before you even get in on the ride. You just feel like you're a part of the show and can't help but get lost in the moment. Once the ride starts, it's pretty wild and it's the closest thing to being in Krustyland. Just a really fun ride and gets me laughing the whole time. I can't wait to check it out again this December and get myself a Duff and Flaming Moe before I get on it!
A must see for the whole family
Family friendly and fun 3-D ride. Just do it. You won't be sorry!
Welcome to a magical journey...
...through my mouth! - says Krusty the clown. This is a great ride if you are a fan of the Simpsons! The queue is enjoyable, and the ride itself is funny and exciting at the same time. It can be a bit bumpy, so be aware if motion simulators make you sick. I tend to get a bit queasy on the simulated parts of Transformers and Forbidden Journey, but I have no issue with the Simpsons ride at all. There are so many great one-liners in this ride that have become great in-jokes in my family. For example, whenever we disagree with each other, we just shout, \"Panda begs to differ!\" This ride is definitely a family favorite.
The Simpsons on the big screen!
This 3D ride is great. Although I know people that tell me they get sick on this ride because it has a lot of bumps here and there, it's pretty cool to experience. My favourite part (SPOILER ALERT) is when you smell the baby powder! I thought that was a cool addition to the ride.
I miss Back to the Future though!!
We Need Longer Lines
Who would have thought that someone would be asking for longer wait times?! The ride is awesome (RIP back to the future)! The lines are short, the capacity for each round is high, and the theming is unreal! It is identical to what you would expect from the TV show. I just wish we were waiting longer to get a better look at everything! It's almost too good along the line area that you want to double back to take a closer look at something. When I heard Back to the Future was being replaced, I was definitely very sad. Now, I raise a Duff Beer and say "fantastic job Universal!"
The Simpsons Ride is a ride I personally will never forget.
Our group consisted of a \"I want to ride everything and cried when I am not tall enough,\" four year old little girl. A \"I\'m nervous to ride everything,\" ten year old year girl. Two \"normal or at least I like to think we are normal,\" parents. And an \"awesome, willing to ride anything,\" set of grandparents. The Simpsons Ride was one of our first rides we rode after entering Universal Studios. I insisted that my very nervous ten year old should ride. I thought to myself, \"She is well above the height restrictions so it can not be that bad.\"
The ride itself I thought was great! Definitely more movement and thrill than I expected. A lot rougher than other simulator rides I have ridden in the past. I laugh every time I remember The Simpsons Ride. I can still picture us standing in the middle of the park and the comments we made to each other after the ride.
My very tall husband, \"Wow, my knees kept hitting the front of the cart.\" (Only because he was trying to hold a four year old in place.) My very nervous ten year old, \"I will not ride anything else!\" The awesome grandparents, \"I have rode BIG roller coasters that were not as rough as that ONE!\" My very excited four year old while bouncing around, \"Can we ride it again? Can we ride it again? It was awesome!\" We all just stood there looking at each other laughing.
One thing I learned from The Simpsons Ride is that height restrictions are NO way of determining the true roughness of a ride. If in doubt, check it out! By the way, my ten year old did enjoy other rides in the park after a little encouragement. This is our experience with The Simpsons Ride. One we will never forget! Thanks for reading. :)
Hilarious Simulator Fun!
Here's what I'd say about this one....the Simpsons style comedy of the experience is really what makes it a ride you shouldn't miss. Clearly, an older simulator compared to the more recent offerings of Transformers and Spiderman, but still enjoyable. Though it wasn't our original plan, I'm glad we rode this one BEFORE we rode Transformers, only because I feel like we'd have been less impressed if we'd rode Transformers first. The technology is just more advanced. Having said that, my girlfriend and I are big Simpsons fans and love its sense of humor, so for that, I feel like it would be enjoyable no matter when you decided to ride. My favorite park was being a human pacifier for Maggie. The feeling of being "sucked on" was jarring and just hilarious...we couldn't stop laughing!
Hurl of a Great Time
OM Gosh! This might be my favorite ride of both parks! You almost wish the line is longer just to spend more time in the queue! For one thing, as you climb up the queue, there are great views of the park, especially the new Diagon Alley. For another, the humor, like the tv show, is directed to adults and the sarcasm doesn't disappoint. Since it's a cartoon, the kids love it too. I love the screens with the "Krustyland" ads which make fun of the steep prices at the parks. There are changing videos from all sides. Then you go into a holding room, which some might not like if you're claustrophobic, but the entertaining videos continue to distract you. Then you go into a little room with your ride vehicle. You can leave your stuff against the walls in the room because only the car moves. It's a treat for the senses. My favorite is the baby lotion smell when giant Maggie tries to eat us! This ride has a definite queazy factor but it's too much fun to worry about that. You might want to wait to eat dinner AFTER this ride if you tend to get queazy. All in all, it's a feast for the senses. I'm counting my pennies, saving up for my next visit to Florida to ride this again!
Fun for all!
Not only is The Simpsons Ride visually stunning from the outside, it is a stunning experience for the whole family! As it is an indoor ride, there is always the risk of extra busyness during rainy season in the event of a sudden downpour. However, this is also a good thing as the rain can't cause the ride to shut down as it can do with outdoor coasters. The wait in line is made faster and more bearable, particularly for impatient or bored kids, by several TVs showing original 'The Simpsons' clips. Even for guests who are unfamiliar or are not fans of the TV show, this ride is great fun for all the family regardless. Another great point is how this ride gives guests who are too faint-hearted for the real coasters a virtual taste of what it's like while providing laughs and gasps and a great time for every age-group.
Welcome to Springfield
The whole atmosphere takes you back to the cartoon. You do feel like you are in a funhouse as you wait to be seated for the ride. Great little watch while you wait sections. This kept kids mind of the wait while watching clips and such from the Simpson. Once you are in buckle up for a bumpy ride. I loved it as so did the kids 9 and 12. Great simulation ride. Isnt too short either. Great time had by all. Will ride again!
Stepping into the Simpson's World.
This is one of the coolest virtual roller coasters I have ever been on. You step into the Simpson's version of an amusement park. The effects put you in the middle of the action, making you feel like you are really on a roller coaster. What a great way to experience the thrill!
I do this ride when I first arrive or before the concert or evening event. The line is shorter at those times.
This is one of my favorite rides at Universal. I'm not a big fan of the show but was very surprised with the ride. The queue was cute and the 3D ride was very well done. Very funny too. A must to go on over and over again.
While I prefer not to watch The Simpsons because the humor is disrespectful and nasty, they cleaned up for the ride. I appreciate that. I love the thrilling motion simulator, and there are some great graphics. It is extremely hectic, and lots of things go on in a clean, funny way. The first time I rode it, I came off saying, "Wow, this was a good ride." It is certainly worth your time.
Less Than Satisfied Ride Experience
The last time I was on this ride was in HHN. I had bought a drink for a price of around $6. I didn't see a sign for no drinks on the ride. I knew that once I was in the room of the ride, there are some small ledges that I could have put the drink in. The staff was pretty rude about me keeping my drink and said I'd have to get rid of it. The (intoxicated) strangers in the room with us cheered me on to chug it. So of course, I did. The experience left a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively speaking) but the ride was pretty good. It's one of those rides that's cool the first time but after that, really not much (not like WWoHP's Forbidden Journey).
This was the worst ride I went on all day. It might have been because we did this one towards the end of the day after riding about 10 of these 3D things. I love the Simpsons though.
This is a really fun ride. It is very enjoyable. This ride is open during Halloween Horror nights and it would be awesome if they could make modifications to the video at nighttime during HHN.
Great family ride! We were even able to bring our 5 year old on it. We all over it!!!!
Love the Simpsons so naturally I love this ride. I was however, a bit disappointed that they got rid of the Back to the Future ride which is the best movie of all time! But losing that to the Simpsons makes a little easier to deal with. The ride is awesome and the line up to get on is actually quite enjoyable.
The Simpsons ride is one of the best rides in Universal. It is not only fun but Hilarious. I love how the jokes start coming as you wait in line. My favorite part is when you are a eplacement for baby Lisa's binky . Love this ride, and can't wait to see the rest this summer in 2014
The Simpsons Ride
The Simpsons Ride is my favorite ride at Universal Orlando. When it replaced Back To The Future, I was sad, but as soon as I saw the front of the building and walked through Krusty\'s mouth, I knew I was in for an awesome experience. The queue for the ride takes place inside Krusty Land, the haphazard theme park created by Krusty himself. Videos of classic Simpsons episodes play as you wait and you get to see posters of all of the crazy and dangerous rides only Krusty could come up with. I forget the villain\'a name that\'s loose in the park to end the Simpsons forever, but it\'s a cool plot.
The ride itself uses the same technology as Back to the Future, with the IMAX screen and the motion simulator vehicles, but the almost 3D film really sucks you in and you really feel like you are in the park. You are I\'m the ride vehicle behind the Simpsons and are following them as the villain creates dangerous situations for them. You experience everything from a wrecking ball crushing part of the roller coaster you\'re on to being pulled around by a killer whale in a whale show and doing flips and turns that make you feel as you are really in danger. All of this is happening and the best part is you\'re laughing the whole time because the dialogue is hilarious. All of the Simpsons characters that you love are in it and the script for everything is genius and just as funny as the show.
All in all, the is one of the smartest and most creative rides ever at Universal. And now that Springfield USA is open, you\'re Simpsons experience will be complete. You can\'t miss this ride on you\'re visit.
One of my fav rides
This was by far one of my favorite ride at UNIVERSAL. The wait wasn't long and one you got in the ride it was just pure fun. I went on the ride with my husband and we both really enjoyed it. The simulation was great and didn't make him sick like the Harry Potter ride.
A must see... er... ride for all Simpson fans.
When I heard that the old Back to the Future: The Ride was closing back in '07 to make room for a newer ride, I was very disheartened. I told myself that nothing would be able to replace such a classic ride that helped make Universal the park that it is today. Fortunately, I was very wrong.
As a life long Simpsons fan, I can easily say that Simpsons: The Ride stays true to the humor and antics I've come to expect from the TV show. Between the waiting queue and the ride itself, expect to see all of your favorite supporting characters including grandpa, Moe, Krusty, and the devious villain, Sideshow Bob.
Without spoiling too much, the ride focuses on Krusty the Clowns new theme park, Krustyland (which as of writing this, has become a self-fulfilling prophesy with the newest expansion of Universal Studios Simpsons Land, a.k.a "Springfield USA").
This ride is exciting, but not as intense as some of the other thrill rides at Universal. Also, the waiting queue is highly entertaining and typically does not exceed a 20 minute wait, so you can quickly get in and out without missing a beat.
I highly recommend this ride and I would say it is a must see for all diehard and casual Simpsons fans alike.
Faithful to the source
Every aspect of Krustyland oozes with references and in-jokes to The Simpsons. Even the line is filled with jokes and poster referencing even the most forgotten early episodes. The real issue is that the lines move so fast that I never got to see all of them. The actual ride has some of the quickest and wittiest dialogue and animation that I have ever seen. It gives some of the more recent episodes themselves a run for their money.
As fans of the Simpson we were eager to ride this Newer Ride at Universal. The whole ambiance of the ride makes you feel like your right on the set of the TV show. The wait in the que is very entertaining as several video clips playing of all your favorite characters. Once you are on the ride this does not dissapoint. The motion simulation of the ride with the large screen video is top notch. As a rider who doesnt like coasters this is great cause you get the feel of a coaster without the huge climb up a steep hill. You are sure to come off this ride wanting to get back on again and again (as my 11 year old son wanted to do). This is a must ride and the wait time which usually isnt long is well worth it.
A fan here
I am not a Simpson fan, but I am fan of the ride. The que was great, the ride crazy and fun. This is a must ride whether you like the show or not.
Da Dat Dat, DUH!
My entire family Loves the Simpsons and this is a great ride! There is so much going on We rode twice, which I am glad we did as we saw and heard more funny things the second time. A must do, but save the Lard Lad donuts for when you are done. It is surprisingly intense.
I enjoy watching an occational episode of the Simpsons, but I wouldn't say I'm a die-hard fan. That being said, this ride wasn't high on my list of priorities to ride, but as we were in a Springfield area, we got in line.
As most Universal rides feature, the queue area of this ride is highly entertaining, featuring characters from the show as if they are manning various booths of a theme park. Listening to the hilarious comentary offered by each character was enough to make the queue time pass easily.
Now, I'll admit, I did not read up much about this ride prior to our visit, so I didn't really know what to expect, or really what kind of ride it was. I was actually pleasently surprised when it turned out to be a bit in the style of Spiderman and Transformers, with the exception of the fact that you're in front of a screen the whole time, as opposed to the other rides where you see live props during portions of the ride.
However, it is by no means as if you're sitting in a movie theatre with a two-dimational screen in front of you. It is a totally immersive (and hilarious) experience. You've got wind blowing in your face, water splashing you, you even get the smell of baby powder at one point (I won't give away when)! All the while you're cracking up at classic Simpsons antics going on around you.
My husband and I ended up riding this ride twice. The first time was in the front row, the second was in the back. Believe me when I say, the front is a thousand times better! Grab a front seat if you can! And if you can't, it's worth hopping back in line for another go!
take a few minutes to enjoy the videos in the line
All the reviews will tell you about the same thing. This ride is great. It's fun and gives you a thrill. The Simpson's are basically the TV family everyone knows about and grew up with (and now I feel old). As your on line don't forget to watch the videos that are playing as they set you up on lines to enter the ride, those are great and have cameos of almost every character from the show.
Worth it for the Queue alone...
How often can you stand in line and watch Simpsons clips? Seriously. That's what you get to do while you're waiting to ride The Simpsons Ride. For a fan of the show, I was in heaven. I felt like I literally stepped into my television and was an animated citizen of the town of Springfield.
The fun continues as you get into the ride. It should be said, however, that the motion simulation is a bit TOO good. You REALLY feel like you are on a roller-coaster! I have a cast-iron stomach and this ride made me a bit woozy. Not enough to stop me from experiencing the fun again, but enough to shoot off a warning to folks who may have a more sensitive stomach.
For good, Springfield-approved fun, look no further!
My Favorite USO ride!
This was my 3rd trip to Universal Studios, and the Simpsons Ride is always my favorite! The line is always pretty decent - this time we waited about 25 minutes for the ride.
For a cartoon, simulation ride it feels so realistic at times! The first time I rode it I was a bit freaked out by the high-in-the-sky rollercoaster elements (being afraid of heights) but it really is perfect for those of us too scared for rollercoasters but still wanting some thrill. If you're a fan of the Simpsons, as my husband and I are, it really is a necessity that you ride this, several times, preferably!
Being someone who has never seen the Simpsons, I didn't know what to expect on this attraction. I enjoyed the queue and pre-show as well as the attraction itself. The attraction is very humorous and I only recommend going on it if you are not prone to motion sickness. Actually, if you are able to do Transformers or Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, you can without a doubt do this ride.
Too much motion
Upon going to Universal, all I was told was that I needed to do the Simpsons Ride. Even my scaredy cat, won't-go-on-anything friend told me I had to ride this. So, I found myself in line waiting for the attraction. The queue theme is perfect. The short preview video is also good...however, I stood there waiting so long I saw it 2.5 times and once was more than enough. You and your row are eventually brought into a somewhat tiny room where there is a safety announcement video, which is more like a continuation of the previous video. While watching the video, you are hearing and feeling some big shakes...and, yep, that's the ride happening on the other side of the door. This would be my first warning sign that this was not going to be a fun experience.
You then enter your car and soon the ride begins. You are brought up into a big theater and shown the movie with your car responding to it. By the first 30 seconds, I could feel a massive headache coming on. There was way too much motion and I began not being able to focus on anything else. I closed my eyes which kind of helped, but found a good trick to be to look behind me. Turns out, the Simpsons ride is kind of built like Soarin' at Epcot except with cars in place of the gliders.
In the end, I left the Simpsons ride with a headache I couldn't get rid of for the rest of the day (even trying Excedrin). However, if there was a way to ride this attraction without all the movement I would because the writing is so clever ("Oh no I hope it's not another gift shop"). So, summing it all up, if you can handle the motion, go on it. If you can't handle motion or are iffy on the subject, stay off or having some medicine in your bag to take afterwards.
Eat my shorts, Simpsons!
My fault, I admit. I swore off this ride at USH, but I was so curious if it was different here than there, so I did it anyway. Oops.
Now, the queue and theming is amazing... a true Simpsons fan would be in absolute HEAVEN. It's witty, colorful, and entertaining. Once you're "there" (your turn to ride) there can be an additonal wait, and all the entertainment around you makes the time fly by.
Once in, it's really an adorable setup. Your party gets put in a room alone, they close the door, and then you watch a show about what you're in for. Then the doors open up, and you get in your car.
Short people and kids- get to the front, otherwise you won't see anything. You go on a WILD adventure, mock roller coaster, you're swallowed, you're in the air, on the water....and it's really a lot of fun and an experience for your senses- complete with smell!
Then ride ends. And you wonder what just happened to your body. We are all roller coaster fiends, and can handle anything and everything. There's something about this kind of movement that just makes you feel- not right. I was nauseated, my son was dizzy. Then, at the exit, there were 2 people throwing up. My son inquired if they were ok, and a CM said, "That's where people always get sick after this ride." Alrightyyy then. Yikes.
My nausea left after about 10 minutes, so no big deal, but look around after riding... there will usually seem to be a mass of people in various states of disarray.
I did ask if you can go inside and look at the setup without riding, and received a friendly, "Yes, ma'am." I love Universal employees... so happy and gracious. :)
Made me incredibly ill
This ride made me so sick that I was ill the rest of the trip to USF. I have spoken to quite a few people after returning that had similar reactions to the ride. Even though the ride doesn't utilize 3D the movements do not seem to agree with anyone who is the slightest bit prone to motion sickness. However, I didn't experience this when the ride was Back to the Future. . .not sure if it was a change in the ride or just me getting older and more sensitive.
I enjoyed the queue and the pre-show. I really like the Simpsons humor so I was disappointed to not be able to enjoy the ride.
Those Silly Simpsons
If you're a Simpsons fan or never heard of them, this ride is sure to please. Springfield has a zany cast of characters and this attraction has you meeting each one. While waiting for your turn on the ride you are presented with some rather funny shows from an array of Springfield residents who are speaking directly to you. The ride itself is a simulator but feels very real and completely immerses the rider in the cartoon world of the Simpsons. This is an all senses experience right down to smelling Maggie's diaper (my kids favorite part!) An indoor ride which keeps you cool in the heat and dry in the rain - fun for all ages.
If I didn't get motion sickness easily I would give this 5 stars.
If you get motion sickness, do not ride this ride. It has a lot of movement and bumps and I had to rest after getting out.
It starts with a little movie in a room. It was 6 to a room, so hope you get lucky with your ride companions. The people we got assigned with would not stop talking during the little video and I didn't know what good ride etiquette would be to ask them to stop talking.
After the little video in the room you move on to the ride. You just sit in a little car that tosses and turns during the simulation. It is insane how engulfed in the world you become. It was like the whole room became a video. It was constant movement, which eventually got to me, but the video was great. Funny storyline and you really feel like you're in the video.
Simpsons, what more can I say? If you love the Simpsons cartoons like I do, you will love this ride. Its a lot of fun, and I will be going on it again! The craziness of all of the shows, are put into one ride, which is sure to please everyone.
Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of Springfield fun!
Though my first visit to Universal Orlando, in 2011, was prompted by my love of all things Harry Potter, I found myself thoroughly enjoying this gem at the Studios as well!! From the queue, to the boarding area, to the ride itself... the Simpsons Ride is a masterpiece of immersive theming and pure entertainment! The map of Krustyland, hung on the wall in the queue, is a nod to theme park maps everywhere. Each of the three boarding platforms (there are three total) is a hoot... Little details like signs for overpriced carnival food and video snippets of memorable characters create an atmosphere that definitely makes waiting in line more bearable! Once you're ushered into the "elevator," you get to watch the pre-ride video. Yes, I said that you GET to watch it. It's that good! Infinitely quotable ("Oh, the growing.....") and hilarious (would we expect anything less!?), it's hands-down my favorite pre-ride video!! As wonderful as the queue and video are, you shouldn't be surprised that the ride itself is stupendous! Chock full of one-liners ("Do not fear, a nerd is here!") and continuing the theming of an adventure at Krustyland, the ride is a whirlwind of pure Simpsons joy. The puff of baby powder as you're sucked into baby Maggie's mouth is the perfect finishing touch. Don't miss the Simpsons Ride during your next trip to Universal Orlando!!