The newest addition to Universal Studios in Orlando is a Simpsons-themed area that is the ultimate in fan service -- and it's only getting bigger. And tastier. Cultist took a VIP tour of the town's current offerings as well as a literal taste of things to come.
While there was already a Simpsons ride (think classic Back to the Future), Universal has now expanded the Springfield area to include a food court. As part of yesterday's tour, we got a sample of themed treats available at such stations as Flaming Moe's, Lisa's Teahouse of Horror, and The Frying Dutchman. Here are some of our favorites:
The Krusty Burger
The Krusty Burger is a single-patty beef burger served with a tomato slice, lettuce, and a special sauce that is reminiscent of Shake Shack or In-n-Out. Tasty and sloppy, with seasoned curlies on the side.
The Chicken & Waffle Sandwich
The chicken & waffle sandwich at Cleatus's features a fried chicken breast between two waffles which looked like your average Eggo, but fresh. The waffle isn't too sweet, making it attractive for those who have yet to go head first into the sweet and savory world of, say, a Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles-style entree.
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The Duff Beers (which come in regular, lite, and dry versions) are local microbrews specifically made for the park. The regular version is on the hoppy side. If you're into that sort of thing, you won't be able to get enough of this wonderful Duff.
In addition to the food already available, there is an expansion that is going to bring more of the Simpsons universe to life. Set to open later this summer, the expanded Springfield will include a walk-up Lard Lad Donuts, a Duff Brewery, and a ride featuring loveable aliens Kang and Kodos.
With over 25 years' worth of history and obscure references to work with, it is likely that some of your favorite Simpsons moments will fall through the cracks. However, this version of Springfield is enough to make any seasoned fan do the Bartman.