We say "soft-opened" because the park hasn't issued yet any press announcement declaring the new land formally opened. Yet I can't recall another soft-opening that fronted the cover of a park's guidemap. Usually, when something gets to that point, it's official.
Let's just ignore the semantics and take a look around, shall we?
Greetings from Springfield USA, the sign says. Just ignore that wizarding village in the background, okay?
Crowds swarmed the new land on its opening day, though it's nice to see the main pathway through the park opened up again.
Lard Lad Donuts is the first of Springfield's many eateries you will encounter as you walk through the land.
Across the street is Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream, which was one of four new locations that remained behind barriers and closed to the public while I was at the park today.
Next door is Suds McDuff's Hot Dogs.
Beyond that, you will find the entrance to the Duff Brewery beer garden.
If you're hungry inside the beer garden after it opens, head over to Bumblebee Man's Tacos, which also remained closed to guests today.
The Seven Duffs line the entrance to the Duff Brewery. I don't want to know what Sleazy has in mind, though.
Let's try something to eat, shall we? Back across the street, next to the Lard Lad, we'll find the flagship restaurant of the new Springfield land, Krusty Burger.
Visitors who have been to Universal Orlando's version of Springfield are in for (yet another) surprise when they enter Hollywood's Krusty Burger.
Here, the "Simpsons"-themed restaurants aren't crammed together into one "Fast Food Boulevard" food court. Instead, they each get their own space, with separate ordering and service counters. While that helps each restaurant retain its own thematic identity, it's an extra hassle if one person in your group wants a burger and someone else wants chicken.
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