Theme Park ranger Dewayne Bevil scopes out the Simpsons Twirl'n Hurl ride at Universal Orlando.
Another piece of Springfield is in place at Universal Studios. Theme-park guests are now taking spins on Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl ride.
The two-minute rotating ride is topped by the one-eyed Kodos (Kang is on the sign above the entrance). They are aliens from "The Simpsons" universe. Kodos' tentacles look like they're reaching under the 12 ride vehicles, then rise up to encircle the attraction.
Passengers control the height of the vehicles, styled to look like flying saucers, via joystick. During the flight, they pass tentacles that have discs with "Simpsons" characters -- Homer, Grandpa, Bart, etc. -- dangling from them.
If you pass at just the right angle, it makes the characters spin and activates a sound effect. It's pretty basic: no laser to aim, no water cannon to dodge, no scoring. The Simpsonsization/Matt Groening-style humor of it is what makes it stand out. (I especially like the nasally Nelson sound effect of "Ha ha.")
It's not very intense. Only the most merry-go-round-intolerant folks should feel queasy on it.
The queue, which starts across the street from the Kwik-E-Mart, pleasantly winds past the theme park's central lagoon and has a prime viewing spot of the construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley across the water. A covered area right before boarding includes screens with "Simpsons" animation.
Kang & Kodos would appear to be the final installment of Universal's Springfield section, which also includes a large food court, Moe's Tavern, an outlet for Lard Lad doughnuts, Bumblebee Man's taco truck and a slew of photo opportunities with Springfield sights and citizens, which have joined the already established Simpsons Ride (the former Back to the Future ride) and Kwik-E-Mart.