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The Simpsons Ride Opens

Jimi Juggle performs outside The Simpsons Ride, which is now open at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Krusty the Clown with mouth wide open stands above the crowds at the entrance to The Simpsons Ride now open at Universal Studios Orlando. The California and Florida parks both have the new ride. (Roberto Gonzalez / Orlando Sentinel)
The outside of the new Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux / AP Photo)
“Simpsons” creator Matt Groening speaks at the opening of the animated series’ namesake ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images)
Dave “Bullet” Smith is shot out of a cannon during the opening ceremonies at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
Characters from the animated series appear at Universal Orlando to launch The Simpsons Ride. (AP Photo / Universal Orlando, Kevin Kolczynski)
Lots of video and colorful art of characters entertain people waiting in line at The Simpsons Ride in Orlando. (Roberto Gonzalez / Orlando Sentinel)
Dorothy Hughes, right, of Seattle, takes a spin on the Simpsons Ride with granddaughters, Makensie, center, and Alexis, at Universal Studios Orlando. (John Raoux / AP)
Sadly, Connie Cassidy of Ireland doesn’t measure up to the 40-inch height requirement to enter The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando. (Roberto Gonzalez / Orlando Sentinel)
Larry Birkhead, former romantic interest of the late model Anna Nicole Smith, and their daughter, Dannielynn, attend the opening of The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa shows off a cap at the ride’s opening. (Stephen Shugerman / Getty Images)
Exterior of the Kwik-E-Mart, the show’s fictional convenience store, next to The Simpsons Ride. (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)
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