Universal parks in Universal City, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., each will add a new ride based on the Fox blockbuster animated hit, "The Simpsons," the Universal division said Tuesday in a news release.
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson -- along with their friends, neighbors and nemeses -- will ride along with guests in the attraction, scheduled to open on both coasts in spring 2008.
Universal's award-winning creative team is collaborating with "The Simpsons" creator and executive producer Matt Groening and executive producer James L. Brooks to create and open the first-ever attraction based on the long-running series. It will feature the show's humor and many of its characters voiced by the original actors.
"The ride is designed to duplicate the Simpsons' home-viewing experience, only at high speed and with lots of screaming," said Groening.
Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, said that "with its unique sense of humor and enormous popularity," the TV cartoon show "is a perfect complement to our brand of entertainment."
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