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'The Simpsons' comes to life this summer at Universal Orlando

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Big "Simpsons" fan? Brace yourself, because Universal Orlando Resort has announced plans to replicate the animated town of Springfield, complete with the recreation of Moe’s Tavern, Duff Beer, and ‘Krusty-certified’ meat sandwiches at Krusty Burger.

Coming this summer, the Florida theme park will bring the fictional town to life, anchored around the existing Simpsons Ride.

New Simpsons additions to the park will include the construction of another thrill ride, the Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, which takes riders up in vertical spin, and the debut of the show’s favorite characters, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob.

Fans will also be able to walk down Fast Food Boulevard -- Springfield’s fast food district -- and tuck into a Krusty burger, a slice at Luigi’s Pizza, a donut at Lard Lad, or a beer at Moe’s Tavern.

The Springfield theme park is expected to open this summer.

Other rides and attractions built around TV shows include "The Muppet Show" at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and "Sesame Street" at Universal Studios Japan.

Earlier this month, Universal Orlando also announced plans to expand its Harry Potter-themed attractions and open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley by 2014.

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