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  • Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

    IOACentral has posted several images of the Simpsons Ride now in "technical rehearsals" or soft open status. Enjoy!

    http://www.ioacentral.com/resort_upd...2008/index.htm

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    Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

    I just watched an On-Ride video of the ride and HOLY S**T. It looks so awesome!!!!!!!

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    • #3
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      If anyone goes on it, tell me how it is!
      Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -Walt Disney
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        Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

        anyone have the links for the on-ride videos?
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        • #5
          Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

          Wow. Guys, hate to say it, but this blows Toy Story Mania out of the water. There's no doubt who won "the battle of the rides".

          Toy Story Mania might be a cute, small 3-D interactive ride; The Simpsons Ride is what a great attraction should be: an experience. Attention new Imagineers: pay close attention to Universal Creative, they've been doing what your superiors haven't in a decade...

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            Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

            I'm going to USH on May 31st so hopefully it'll live up to the hype. I'm really looking forward to it.

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            • #7
              Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

              Originally posted by goldenstate5 View Post
              Wow. Guys, hate to say it, but this blows Toy Story Mania out of the water. There's no doubt who won "the battle of the rides".

              Toy Story Mania might be a cute, small 3-D interactive ride; The Simpsons Ride is what a great attraction should be: an experience. Attention new Imagineers: pay close attention to Universal Creative, they've been doing what your superiors haven't in a decade...
              Agreed. But I'm probbaly going to go on TSM b4 I go on The Simpsons Ride. Does anyone know if its going to be heavily themed on The Simpsons? Is it 'kid' friendly?
              Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -Walt Disney
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                ^From what I've seen and heard, it is possibly the most boundary-pushing ride ever. There are several references to beer, and the pre-show AND ride features Barney drunk, and Homer pursuing bottles of Duff. The Itchy and Scratchy safety video is gory, violent and mirrors what's seen on the show. Sideshow Bob is very explicit on his death threats, the list is endless! Rumor has it that in the "midway", Selma is seen taking the various pills found around the park, blends them, then proceeds to drink out of it. I mean, WOW! While there are no curse words, this is by far the raunchiest theme park ride I've ever seen. Also the most hilarious and irreverent.

                What helps it is that the queue line video is 35-minutes long (!) and audible (!!), with the best past attraction tribute I've ever seen. There is always something to entertain you, and that is what currently separates Universal from Disney. TSM has nothing but an interactive Mr. Potato Head that you cross by for maybe ten minutes out of a two-hour queue, and makes zero attempt to successfully tell the "story". Dear Imagineers, a story doesn't count when you have to read the press release to know it. Thanks! Just queue, and more queue.

                Disney used to do it the Universal way, but now? Forget it. It's all about the ride, and nevermind the queue. At Universal, there are ALWAYS monitors or something inside the queue that tells you the story and adds serious ambiance and excitement. A truly great attraction takes you on an experience, from the queue's entrance to your exit. NOT when you board your ride vehicle...

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                  Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                  Wow. Guys, hate to say it, but this blows Toy Story Mania out of the water. There's no doubt who won "the battle of the rides".
                  That may be true, but its really far too early to say this since no one has seen TSM yet. You're only going off speculation. Lets wait until TSM actually opens before we make the comparisons.

                  I will say this, from seeing the videos and pictures so far I'm very impressed. I'll be down there Tuesday and hope to ride then, we'll see how it is in person.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                    wow just wow. thanks for the update.

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                      Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                      This ride looks like Universal's best effort ever when it comes to theming (the studios part at least). The ride looked so cool, plus the fact that they didn't child-friendly the Itchy and Scratchy segment. Thumbs Up Universal!
                      Last edited by stitchon; 04-24-2008, 02:57 PM. Reason: NBC already took down the vids. What's next? Removing the videos of the other rides?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                        I love this Simpson's vs Toy Story debate. It is like watching a REALLY good boxing match, and we haven't even hit the bell for Round 1!
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                        • #13
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                          WOW. I'm truly impressed with the ride. Simply Amazing.
                          Everybody's got a laughin' place-
                          trouble is most folks won't take the time to go look for it.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                            I think Toy Story Midway Mania has a real competitor when it comes to new highly themed rides now...

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                            • #15
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                              Of course it does. The only way TSM will beat, uh, TSR (weird, ain't it?) is if Disney puts some thought into the queue, and the ride works exactly like it's supposed to. Currently, over at DCA at least, all I see is a concrete jungle with a inconveniently-placed Potato Head AA and some pretty Victorian buildings. Yawn. Meanwhile, (and I'll say this again) The Simpsons Ride has a 30-minute queue video along with two pre-shows, all the while there's stuff surrounding you with the sole intention of making you laugh and entertaining you. That's going above and beyond. Yes, no one really has seen Toy Story Mania, but I've seen its queue, and it ain't impressive...

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                                Of course this is gonna blow Toy Story Mania out of the water. Look at the size of that attraction! Look at the ride that it's replacing! This is a main event attraction for Universal so it NEEDS to be good.

                                Toy Story Mania is not even shooting to be the next Indiana Jones or Star Tours. But looking at their Midway, you almost want it to be that fun at DCA don't ya?


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                                  ^The real problem is that the Disney marketing department is gonna treat it as it is, like they did with Nemo. (that's another argument against cheap, barren queues) According to sources, TSMM's queue behaves just like the Subs and winds around Paradise Pier, stretching for ages, without any entertainment at all (oh, but there is overpriced food!)...I mean, didn't they learn their lesson the first time?!

                                  Honestly, when is Disney gonna pull out the next Indiana? Because it's been over a decade since that and we haven't received anything close yet. (at least in the US we haven't) I suppose Carsland could do it, but it's gonna have to be one hell of an experience, not just a ride like Imagineering has been churning out for a long while...

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                                    That is exactly why I am slowly starting to slip away from Disney.


                                    AND DAMN! The videos were already flagged down by NBC/Universal!!!

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                                      Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                                      Originally posted by goldenstate5 View Post
                                      ^The real problem is that the Disney marketing department is gonna treat it as it is, like they did with Nemo. (that's another argument against cheap, barren queues) According to sources, TSMM's queue behaves just like the Subs and winds around Paradise Pier, stretching for ages, without any entertainment at all (oh, but there is overpriced food!)...I mean, didn't they learn their lesson the first time?!

                                      Honestly, when is Disney gonna pull out the next Indiana? Because it's been over a decade since that and we haven't received anything close yet. (at least in the US we haven't) I suppose Carsland could do it, but it's gonna have to be one hell of an experience, not just a ride like Imagineering has been churning out for a long while...

                                      Well the queue for TSMM is another argument for another time. I don't think everything needs a fancy queue but I just don't want it to be as bad as California Screamin's queue. That was the worst.


                                      As far as the next "Indiana", the opening of DCA should have given us some high scoring rides but all we got was Soarin and Grizzly River. Then came Tower of Terror and then Finding Nemo. Carsland is next. Over in WDW they got Everest and Mission:Space.


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                                        Re: Simpson Ride Soft Opens at Universal Orlando!

                                        Originally posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
                                        That is exactly why I am slowly starting to slip away from Disney.


                                        AND DAMN! The videos were already flagged down by NBC/Universal!!!
                                        I think Disney still has come up with some recent wow type rides. We'll see, Universal needs a big hit and we'll find out soon if this is it.

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