Orlando, Florida – The new Simpsons Ride has been voted the “Best New Theme Park Attraction” worldwide for 2008 by consumers on Theme Park Insider.com, a consumers’ guide to the world’s most popular theme and amusement parks.
Already the subject of rave reviews by guests at Universal Orlando Resort, The Simpsons Ride showcases everything the hugely popular television series has made famous and that Simpsons fans love – a great story, humor and original animation starring cast members Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and guest star Kelsey Grammer. Guests are swept into Krustyland, a theme park created by the show’s cantankerous, cash-hungry clown. Meanwhile, maniacal Sideshow Bob has escaped from prison and has taken control of the park to get his revenge on Krusty and the Simpson family. Guests are thrust into the middle of the action and soar through Krustyland and Springfield on a ride that features the world’s first animated cork screw.
“The Simpsons Ride represents what Universal does best – which is to take pop culture’s blockbuster entertainment concepts and bring them to life in wildly entertaining theme park experiences,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, designers of The Simpsons Ride. “We appreciate the recognition and share it with our partners at Fox Licensing and Gracie Films, who helped us create a truly authentic Simpsons experience.”
Also receiving recognition from Theme Park Insider.com is Universal Orlando’s popular Mythos Restaurant, voted the world’s “Best Theme Park Restaurant” for an impressive sixth straight year. Located in the Lost Continent area of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park, Mythos specializes in contemporary cuisine in a stunning atmosphere based on Greek mythology and the constellations. Mythos consistently gets high marks for elevating the theme park dining experience.
“With Mythos, our team set out to create an entirely new level of theme park dining experience. It was to be an experience that blended extraordinary food with extraordinary atmosphere,” said Ric Florell, Universal Orlando’s senior vice president and general manager for Resort Revenue Operations. “The continued recognition Mythos receives shows we have been, and continue to be, successful. We’re grateful for the recognition. More importantly, our team is grateful for the opportunity to continue to thrill our guests.”