You know… the little joke in the Maggie questline about Krustyland got me thinking about EA’s forgotten little disaster.
Why don’t they do more with it? Is there a way to connect it to regular Springfield without the shuttle so people don’t ignore it? I am an admitted theme park enthusiast and I enjoy going to Krustyland. I’m proud of my designing in KL.
Even if you feel like Moe about it, the Sideshow You donuts should be enough of an incentive to pop by. I’ve had some ideas for bringing some TLC to the theme park before and actually had a post idea for months that was delayed by events, school, work, and real life in general. Then I read some of our addicts discussing it in the SUnday Open Thread this morning and realized I should get off my Duff (pun intended) and finally write the post since I find myself with some free time. Of course, I write on said Duff but anyhoo… here we go-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh………..
So I’m randomly watching Simpsons episodes back in October the way I normally do (open Simpsons world… whichever Season pops up gets clicked and then I randomly hit an episode) and what should I happen upon but “I Don’t Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (S19:E4). Marge becomes a hostage in a bank robbery at the First Bank of Springfield. She saves the day by convincing Dwight (amazingly voiced by the incomparable Steve Buscemi) to give himself up provided she visits him in the joint. Marge doesn’t live up to the promise so Dwight escapes from the big house and kidnaps her. Don’t worry, this post isn’t intended to be a bummer. I only bring up all this because Dwight has abandonment issues and takes Marge to Plaster Mountain Theme Park because his real mother abandoned him there.
There’s lot of goodness here that could be incorporated into Krustyland: Dilbert’s Flying Cubicle, a Skyway, Bumper Cars, the Tilt ‘N’ Spew.
I giggle at Mr. Frog’s Mild Ride. As a kiddo, the ride this spoofs was my favorite. I’ve taken my own kiddos. DOn’t want to spoil the ending of it but when I took my 3-year-old son, at the end he asked where we were. DIdn’t know what to say so I just said Florida lol. Fun to point out that Krusty was visiting on the same day as Marge’s kidnapping. I know the designers could find some clever way to incorporate this theme park in a funny questline.
Why not just bring Dwight David Diddlehopper into the game with his beady eyes. A task for him with the Maniac Mirror could be funny.
FedEx Presents: The Bathroom and It’s a Long Line also make me giggle. It should be pretty obvious that this particular amusement park is parodying another famous one that I may or may not work at. Also some ribbing at SIx Flags expense especially if you’re familiar with Magic Mountain.
Although Krustyland already has a Viking boat ride, Plaster Mountain has a double one. I think I just want to see a Wiggum task on it.
So much more cool looking stuff in the backgrounds of these shots. There’s a fortune teller booth at one point and Quimby winning a monkey at a game of chance. Of course, there’s plenty of other theme parks EA could incorporate into Krustyland. Why not just have Krusty acquire the rights to Duff Gardens from “Selma’s Choice” (S4:E13). The whole questline could involve Howard K. Duff VIII attempting to buy the park or something like that. Lance Murdock is also in the game so this seems like an easy choice. I just really want to see the Home of the Whiplash (not to worry, it was completed in 1994) and the washing machine.
The Beerquarium, Beeramid, and Duff Beer Hall of Presidents could be fun too. Why not give Abraham Lincoln and George Washington their animatronic equivalents?
The Little Land of Duff and Duff Light Parade could spruce up our forgotten theme park. You know you want a Lizard Queen task for Lisa.
I think the Barrell Roller rollercoaster would be delightful in our towns and include a fun task for one Bart Simpson.
From experience, theme parks could always use souveneirs and security. Where else to buy beer goggles and Bort license plates?
Well those are just some of my ideas. Heck, EA could even do something revolving around Ned Flanders reopening Praiseland. What about Mt. Splashmore? I’d even like to see as simple a decoration as Krusty’s Crowd Control Barrier (or is is Krowd Kontrol) from “Homie the Clown” (S6:E15).
I’ll stop here but hopefully you can see some of the possibilities. What do you think of the ideas? Got any others you’d like for KL? Sound off in the comments and stay classy like usual. I’m off for another random Simpsons episode. Who knows what inspiration might strike next?
TTFN… Wookiee out!