Dunk or Flunk Returns, The Simpsons Ride Entrance Reopens as Construction Continues in Springfield at Universal Studios Florida

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Dunk or Flunk Returns, The Simpsons Ride Entrance Reopens as Construction Continues in Springfield at Universal Studios Florida

Construction continues around The Simpsons Ride in Springfield at Universal Studios Florida. The ride has remained open during construction, which began in January of this year.

Dunk or Flunk

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The Dunk or Flunk game that was temporarily removed last month has returned.

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The carnival game is to the right when facing The Simpsons Ride.

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Dunk or Flunk is a basketball game with Simpsons-related prizes, like giant pink donuts, Homer plush, and pillows.

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The temporary basketball game that sat by the lagoon is subsequently now gone.

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The Simpsons Ride Entrance

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The main entrance to The Simpsons Ride, through the giant mouth of Krusty the Clown, has reopened.

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There are more carnival games lined up under the Krustyland sign next to the giant Krusty the Clown head.

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Construction walls are still cut in front of the entrance, but guests can now maneuver around them.

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Eye Carumba!, another basketball game right next to The Simpsons Ride entrance, has also reopened. Help Santa’s Little Helper, on the other side of Krusty, is still blocked by construction walls.

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It looks like some of the flooring of the Krustyland courtyard has been refreshed in front of the ride.

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The ground is bright red, with a tan tile path and a darker red path cutting through it.

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Two A-frame signs have the attraction’s wait time and warnings.

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The dark red path leads directly into Krusty’s mouth.

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Krusty himself doesn’t look too different but may have been cleaned.

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More Springfield Construction

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Construction walls in Springfield are decorated with flat images of Simpsons characters. When construction walls went up, we immediately noticed that the ride vehicle full of the Simpsons family had been removed from near the sign. Below is a photo from the Universal Studios Florida website of the figure.

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It has yet to return, but if the pavement is being replaced, it makes sense that it would be removed during construction. Hopefully, the Simpsons family ride vehicle comes back when construction is completed.

The Simpsons Ride History

The Simpsons Ride opened in May 2008 at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood. It replaced Back to the Future: The Ride, which closed in March 2007 in Florida and September 2007 in Hollywood.

The surrounding area in Universal Studios Florida was subsequently split off from World Expo (which now only houses Men in Black: Alien Attack) and become Springfield. At Universal Studios Hollywood, Springfield is part of the Upper Lot.

Doc Brown’s time-traveling train and the DeLorean both remain on display near Springfield in Universal Studios Florida, honoring the defunct attraction. An animated Doc, voiced by Christopher Lloyd, also appears briefly in the new attraction’s queue.

The Simpsons Ride utilizes Back to the Future: The Ride’s system, but with significant updates. It takes guests and the Simpsons family on a Krustyland coaster, but the ride gets interrupted by Sideshow Bob. As chaos ensues, guests end up on different Krustyland rides that parody classic theme park attractions.

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

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