So way back about a month ago, I shared with all of you info about the opening of Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood. My beautiful mother and sister took some photos as I was otherwise engaged in the East Coast but as promised, I literally got off the plane in LAX and went straight to USH to see the amazingness for myself. Of course, since then, real life, work and TSTO events got in the way of sharing what i saw with y’all, but in another case of better late than never, I’m finally writing about it. Without further ado, here’s a bunch of pictures with some thoughts from me. So first up, any good visit to a theme park should include grabbing a map. While I know USH very well (it’s really not terribly big), I couldn’t help grabbing one of these guides. Check out the awesomeness for yourself.
At my first glimpse of everything finished, I was literally jumping for joy. My family let me off my leash to go take a zillion photos. Before I show them all though, I have to point out the little teaser USH threw right before it. The pointy arch of sorts is the entrance to the next exciting opening in Summer 2016.
That’s right Potterheads… they built just enough of Hogsmeade to get all of you salivating. Construction is coming along nicely. But enough of that Wart fandom.. on to the real goodness. I could drown you with words, but decided photos are just as good without too much blabbing from yours truly.
So many people with blacked out faces lol. But really… how cool is all this?
Nothing quite like a selfie in front of Homer’s place of work… but enough from me, there’s more images…
The details are all so cool. So far, we;ve traveled from one end to the next but I had to go back and see more little things. The Android’s Dungeon may just be a facade to block tables for eating but even the door shows it’s closed for Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con.
This picnic area also hides the Welcome sign. It can be seen from the street but is awkward to get to if the tables are packed. Fun little trivia, the windows of the Dungeon are one-way glass so people watching can be fun from the inside.
Tons and tons of stuff to see. I laughed when my lady pointed out that only in Springfield could something like this taco truck exist. As she’s new to playing TSTO, I loved telling her that this truck was in her Krustyland future if she kept tapping.
The truck is tucked into the Duff Brewery area. I loved the view of Springfield from here.
So much awesome. At the Power Plant, there’s a button you can push to try and make the reactor overload. If you’re lucky, it all goes haywire and smoke comes out of the cooling towers. I was super stoked that this happened the first time I pushed it.
I’ve shown the games by the Simpsons rides in previous posts, but this one is by far my favorite. Thar she throws!
So much! Wookiee in overdrive! On to the DMV.
The DMV is used as a place to take pictures with your favorite characters. They also chill outside the Kwik-E-Mart too. I tried to tap Sideshow Bob to get him out of Springfield but he wouldn’t budge. Seems he didn’t know who I was lol. Could this have been foreshadowing of his arrival in TSTO?
I knew some of you might wonder about food menus and pricing so I took some photos of all of it for you. Suffice to say it’s theme park food and priced accordingly. A bonus though is everything I’ve had so far was amay-za-zing. Im definitely trying the chicken and waffle sandwich next time I visit. (NOTE: The image gets bigger if you click it.)
The restaurants are all super cool. Just take a look at Cletus’ Chicken Shack.
Lard Lad’s had a collosal line all day but the good news is they sell their giant donuts everywhere. The big pink is always made but each day there is a special donut also sold. The special during my visit was the red velvet donut which was a taste sensation for my family. Seeing as there are lots of places in the L.A. to get a sprinkled pastry, I really found this little bit of info I found in the KEM to be super cool.
The inside of Moe’s is different than the one in Florida allowing more people. I won’t lie and say I didn’t enjoy a Duff or two or three or… well, you get the idea. As much as I enjoyed Duff, Duff Light was actually my favorite. You can get a plastic glass as a souveneir when you buy one. Inside Moe’s, they have a special glass just for the bar.
Poor Barney, no beer in his glass. No surprise that this fuzzball was a Casanova on the love tester. It only took two tries for the honor lol. Next up is some shots of Krusty Burger. I had to see how the burger fared against my memories of Florida.
Sooooooooooo good. Mmmmmmmmmm… clogger burger. I asked my sister if she had eaten upstairs when she went with my mudder but found they actually hadn’t. Upstairs is a ton of seating for Cletus’ and KB. Additionally, they have a whole room which is a shrine to all things Krusty. We HAD to clog our arteries while sitting there.
So awesome to enjoy my first Duff and a burger surrounded by all things Krusty. While the fams finished their burgers and Buzz cola, I wandered around for more pictures. Woo should I find in the Cletus section of seating but everyone’s favorite web-slinging pig. Had to take yet another selfie.
SPIDERPIG!!!!!! Could the day get better? Well duh. You could also take the tram and get a righteous shot of Bruce the Shark.
As night fell in Universal City, California, I took more shots just to show y’all how it lights up. Periodically, the Power Plant overheats and the lights flicker too.
The photo gods were smiling on me during my visit and I managed to get a great shot of Homer’s work station inside the window of the plant. When the whole thing is going haywire, all the buttons go crazy.
My day was winding down and jet lag was setting in but this Wookiee wasn’t done. I don’t care if management closed the club, it’s always time to disco disco for me.
Only one way to end the night and that’s with a photo with Milly. This bench was so crowded all day, it took the evening chill and park closure to finally allow me the chance to sit down.
Our Mom think we’re cool and yes if you were wondering, I did use this trip as an excuse to buy the Homer hoodie. I’ve been eyeing it for over a year and finally treated myself.
So that’s my day enjoying Springfield at USH. Apologies that it took so long but I had to go through all my photos and figure out exactly how I wanted to show it all off. Hopefully you enjoyed the synopsis and all the pics. If there’s something I didn’t mention you have questions about, feel free to comment below. I can definitely say all this is totally worth a visit if you have the means. Until next time, stay classy and keep on tapping in the free world.
TTFN… Wookiee out!