Posts Tagged ‘Springfield’

SATURDAY SIX: Six Snacks At Universal Orlando You Gotta Try

by on December 17, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Snacks at Universal Orlando That You Gotta Try! A couple weeks ago we flew across the country to check out some of the great Disneyland snacks, and today we’re back home in Florida to look at even more delectable delights. We’re going to head over to the Universal Orlando Resort, home of some of the most outrageous and most extreme food options we’ve ever seen in the theme park world. However, instead of looking at crazy desserts that should come with an insulin pump, we are going to set our sights on some of the most original, creative, or just plain fun treats  in either Islands of Adventure or Universal Studios Florida. So sit back, prepare to channel your inner Homer Simpson, and let’s begin our list with…

# 6 – Lard Lad D’oh-nuts

The fine folks in Springfield USA are no strangers to delivering great donuts to us theme park fans. The area opened with the debut of the classic Lard Lad giant pink donut, which immediately became a huge hit. In 2016, Lard Lad introduced more donuts to the menu, but in true Simpsons fashion, they didn’t go with the same ol’ same ol. Instead we got the donuts we dreamed of. Donuts topped with crushed Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, bacon and more! This at least gives us in Orlando a small taste of the type of donut options available in Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lard Lad. Unlike Orlando, USH’s Lard Lad does not serve ice cream because their Springfield has Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, so instead they opened with a larger variety of donuts.

Lard Lard Oreo d’oh-nut. (photo by Brandon Glover)

Lard Lad Fruity Pebbles donuts. (photo by Brandon Glover)

A selection of some of the D’oh-nuts available, and take a look at that GIANT apple fritter in the back! Universal a clear supporter of #MAGA. (photo by Brandon Glover)

# 5 – Character Themed Candy Bars

Several years ago, Disney started releasing some very fun candy boxes featuring many of their iconic characters from both movies and the theme parks. However, the actual candy had very little to do with the characters outside of silly puns. For example, there was the Haunted Mansion’s Madam Leota on the box of I See Chocolate In Your Future (dark chocolate hot fudge truffle.) Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat was on the box of I’m Just Mad About Chocolate (milk chocolate mint meltaways) while Monster Inc’s Mike Wazowski and Celia Mae had the Eye Know What Women Want! Chocolate! (milk chocolate peanut butter.)

Universal has many generic candy options themed to their brands as well (including my favorite, the Jaws themed gummy fish candy,) but there are also ten candy bars which are completely tied into the characters they feature. The candy bar with Despicable Me’s Minions uses banana in its recipe, while the one with Agnes is cotton candy flavored (in the film, the kids came home from Super Silly Land with Cotton Candy.) The E.T.  bar is a chocolate peanut butter bar with Reeses Pieces, while Spongebob Squarepants has a white chocolate pineapple bar with pineapple bits. When you unwrap the Back to The Future bar the silver wrapping is the iconic “OUTATIME” license plate. The synergy between these bars and the characters they feature is a great touch, and something we can hopefully see more of from both Universal and Disney in the future.

Universal candy bars. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown – Day 2: Dufftoberfest at Duff Brewery

by on December 2, 2015

We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. 

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff Brewery (Universal Studios Florida)

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Themed Dufftoberfest taps at Duff Brewery. (photo by Brandon Glover)

When Universal Studios Florida expanded Springfield USA in 2013, it brought with it a dream come true for fans of The Simpsons television show: Duff Beer. Homer Simpson’s favorite drink made its first appearance on the TV show all the way back in 1990 during the very first season, and has been one of the longest running gags ever since. Exclusively brewed by the Florida Beer Company for the Universal parks, Duff beer is available in three varieties: Duff, Duff Lite, and Duff Dry. Now, one of the best jokes on The Simpsons is that Duff beer comes in almost every possible form you can think of: Lady Duff, Duff Extra Cold, Duff Zer0 (alcohol free), Duff Blue, Henry K. Duff’s Private Reserve, and many more. While it was fun to consider the possibilities, surely Universal wouldn’t create more versions of Duff just for the parks…would they?

Allow us to introduce Dufftoberfest. Arriving with no advance notice (and originally with no fanfare at the parks), the Dufftoberfest brew made its debut at both Duff Brewery and Moe’s Tavern this fall for a limited run. A märzen style beer, Dufftoberfest is not as heavy as most seasonal Oktoberfest-style brews (which is a good thing considering you are spending the rest of your day touring a theme park in Florida weather), but does have a caramel tone and subtle spice. A wonderful surprise and has us wondering what other seasonal options may also make their way into Springfield.

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Dufftoberfest was also available inside Moe’s Tavern. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Reasons We Love Universal’s Springfield USA

by on October 24, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Reasons We Love Universal’s Springfield USA. In case you were living under a rock this week, this Wednesday was Back To the Future Day. October 21st was the day Marty McFly took the DeLorean and traveled Back to the Future. With it brought the news of Nike actually creating power lace sneakers, a five star must-watch video of Marty and Doc Brown arriving in 2015 on Jimmy Kimmel, and a BTTF themed cover of USA Today (which even appropriately came out on Thursday, because Marty and Doc went back a day before the paper came out to stop the events from happening.) What does any of this have to do with theme parks? I’m glad you asked. BTTF used to have a ride in Universal Studios Florida until it was replaced by The Simpsons Ride in 2008. Since then, the area around The Simpsons Ride has expanded into an entire land in Springfield, USA. While no one can touch Diagon Alley as a whole, Springfield is one of our favorite areas in any theme park, and hands-down the funniest. Today we are going to going to countdown our six favorite parts about this wonderful land that truly brings an animated television show to life. So sit back, live out your Brewster’s Millions fantasy and crack open that bottle of Pepsi Perfect you bought off eBay for $500, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…

# 6 – Fast Food Boulevard

With Fast Food Boulevard, Universal pretty much did the impossible. Previously, the area was home to the International Film & Food Festival, a food court which made the offerings in Fantastic Four Cafe seem Michelin star worthy in comparison, and was certainly one of the worst themed areas in the entire park. Fast Food Boulevard brought to life Krusty Burger, the Frying Dutchman, and Luigi’s Pizza straight from The Simpsons television show. It also gave us Cletus’ Chicken Shack, which was rumored to originally be Kentucky Fried Panda (and if true, was a good decision by Universal.)

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Krusty Burger facade for Fast Food Boulevard (photo by Brandon Glover)

The Simpsons show has a long history of mocking restaurants, and seeing places like Krusty Burger in the real world is a dream come true. Now you can finally order the Ribwich (a sandwich the show created to mercilessly parody the McRib,) a Krusty Burger, and the Clogger, all straight out of canon. Springfield USA has almost 30 food and drink items you can’t get anywhere else inside the Universal parks, including the incredible Chicken & Waffle sandwich, tater tots, and curly fries.

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Chicken & Waffle Sandwich? Check. Themed Napkins? CHECK. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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The Frying Dutchman in Fast Food Boulevard. (photo by Brandon Glover)

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SATURDAY CLASSIX: Top Six Food Choices at Springfield, USA’s Fast Food Boulevard

by on April 4, 2015

This week’s SATURDAY SIX includes the Top Six Food Items at Fast Food Boulevard. Replacing the International Film & Food Festival in 2013, Springfield’s Fast Food Blvd has quickly become one of the most popular dining locations within the Universal resort. Complete with items taken directly from The Simpsons television show, this “food court” style eatery offers a wide array of items to appease everyone in your party. While it was almost impossible to narrow the list down to just the six items – in fact it was almost painful to leave off the Clogger Burger and the Sideshow Bob Foot Long – we now present to you the best of the best…

#6 – The Ribwich at Krusty Burger

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The Ribwich. (photo by Brandon Glover)

As a longtime fan of The Simpsons show, the minute it was announced that Fast Food Blvd was going to open I was hoping there would be a Ribwich. Hilariously mocking the McRib from McDonald’s, on the show Krusty Burger described its creation of the Ribwich with the following, “We start with authentic, letter-graded meat, and process the hell out of it.”

Unlike its television counterpart, the Ribwich is nothing like the McRib and is more in line with a pulled pork sandwich. Topped with coleslaw and served with seasoned “Kurly” fries and a pickle spear, the Ribwich was definitely a menu item needed within Universal Studios Florida, with pulled pork being such a staple of Florida dining. In fact, while you can find pulled pork within CityWalk’s Margaritaville, and Hard Rock Café, Krusty Burger is the first to offer it within either of the Universal parks. The combination of the cool coleslaw on top of the warm pulled pork makes for a flavorful experience.

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25 Drinks of Christmas Countdown – Day 3: Flaming Moe at Moe’s Tavern

by on December 3, 2014

The Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Growing up, one of the little things I loved most was getting an Advent calendar and counting down the days until Santa would be coming down the chimney. As I grew older, I had to leave Advent calendars in the rear view mirror,* but I still miss that daily countdown building anticipation to the big day. So, we’re going to start a virtual Advent calendar here at TouringPlans. For 2014, we are going to countdown our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort.

Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property as well as the Disney Cruise Line. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!

DAY THREE: Flaming Moe at Moe’s Tavern (Universal Studios Florida)

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“Hey, Homer came up with the drink, but I came up with the idea of charging $6.95 for it.” – Moe Szyslak, The Simpsons (photo by Brandon Glover)

 

Available in Springfield USA, the Flaming Moe became the first signature drink in Universal history that guests wanted to watch before they drank. Based on an iconic episode of The Simpsons, the Flaming Moe uses a unique dry ice effect to simulate the drink being on fire. While the Flaming Moe itself is little more than orange soda, the overall experience of seeing the Flaming Moe in action is more than enough to include it on the list.

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SATURDAY SIX: Top Six Theme Park Bars in Orlando

by on May 17, 2014

This week’s SATURDAY SIX covers the Top Six Theme Park Bars in Orlando. Reading the recent Epcot After Hours Wind Down reviews got the staff of Saturday Six thinking about the best theme park bars in town, so we grabbed our iPad and pulled up the Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide as a reference, cashed in our 30 day A.A. chips, and hit the parks to make our final judgements. What follows are the very best of your watering hole options inside the theme parks….

# 6 – Duff Gardens (Universal Studios Florida)

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Some of the 7 Duffs topiaries in front of Duff Gardens (photo by Brandon Glover)

Duff Gardens is one of the newer entries in the parks, making its debut at Universal Studios Florida in August of 2013. The variety of drinks served here is limited (various Duff beers, coke products, Buzz Cola, and the Flaming Moe) but what Duff Gardens lacks in overall drink options, it makes up for in atmosphere and location. The topiaries of the 7 Duffs (Tipsy, Queasy, Surly, Sleazy, Edgy, Dizzy and Remorseful) are incredible. There is a photo op with Duffman and guests are steps away from the wonderful statue of Jebediah Springfield. There is signage within the bar that has the trademark Simpsons wit while cleverly mocking traditional beer advertisements. There is plenty of seating at the bar and there are even more tables bordering the nearby lagoon. Grabbing a couple tacos from Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck and a Duff beer on tap from Duff Gardens is one of our favorite theme park meals.

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Universal Orlando Park Map Adds Springfield Attractions

by on December 30, 2013

Universal Orlando has been sliding a number of surprises into visitors’ stocking this holiday season. First, I told you about the stealthy price increase recently enacted on the Universal Dining Plan — Quick Service. Then, Derek Burgan pointed out six things you only see at Universal during peak season. Today we’re bringing you a first glimpse at the new landmarks and attractions of Springfield U.S.A. as they are finally visually represented on the newest Universal Orlando park map.

Here’s how the Universal Studios Florida park map appeared until December 25, 2013:

 

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