It's easy to love this highly amusing, top-quality, motion-simulator “Thrilltacular Upsy-Downsy Spins-Aroundsy Teen-Operated Thrill Ride” that takes place in front of an 80-foot-tall screen. The premise, dense and ironic enough to please any Simpsons fan, parodies Orlando itself: You join Homer’s clan at Krustyland, a greedy theme park, on a roller coaster that’s sabotaged by the evil Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer). During the dizzyingly fast-paced 6 minutes, you zoom through predicaments that mock the theme park world, including skewers of Shamu, Pirates of the Caribbean, and “It’s a Small World.”
Add to that a giant killer panda bear and an extra layer of heightened sensory details (like the whiff of baby powder—well, it makes sense when you ride). It’s not too rough, but dehydrated people find it vaguely nauseating, and your brain may hurt from absorbing all the jokes. The queue area is so tongue-in-cheek and gag-packed that waiting is half the fun: Itchy and Scratchy furnish the gory safety warning and Krusty dispenses safety instructions such as “Wait here until someone comes and tells you to do something.” Strategy: Seats are four across, so families can ride together.