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The Simpsons Celebrate 25 Years

Written By: Abel Pinedo "Honest Abe"

July 28th, 2014

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For the past several years something awesome has sprung up in front of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel during Comic Con. This year was no exception as I bore witness to the rise of Homer Simpson's giant yellow dome!

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To celebrate cable channel FXX acquiring the rights to broadcast The Simpsons, a mini interactive Simpsons World was set up in the park. The main attraction was a giant inflatable head of Homer Simpson (more on that in a bit.) Boy, did the crowds got there early. First of all, I've got to give props to whoever had the idea to have dispensers with actual suntan lotion. If you were planning on being in the park for any amount of time, this was a most welcome relief, not to mention something that I had not seen offered in previous years. Kudos!

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There was a small covered seating area in the middle of the park but naturally those seats filled up rather quickly, primarily with parents waiting for their children. The main draw for myself was the chance to play an old school carnival game where one could win an inflatable pink donut. Remember the game where you'd sit on a stool and shoot a squirt gun into a clown head to pop a balloon? This was something similar except your goal was to raise a pink donut, not pop a balloon. Side note: I didn't win. But I will say that everyone who won, not just kids, were excited to have a little Simpsons memorabilia. Next to that was a mural where an attempt was made (and accomplished!) to set the Guinness record for most participants in a paint-by-numbers art project.

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Well, playing games and painting can stir up an appetite so as a minor cure for that, there was Marge's Sweet Station where fans could get free blue (naturally) cotton candy. That was also something good to munch on while you waited for your turn inside Homer's head.

Alright, now while no photos were allowed in the dome I can tell you that once inside, if you looked up you saw a to-scale Homer Simpson brain. Around the walls were scenes from the show as well as a demo of the new Simpsons World app that will be available later this Fall.

This was a nice change from the craziness inside the convention center. And don't forget, beginning August 21st, FXX will be airing every Simpsons episode, including the feature film, in order. Cancel your plans. The Simpsons are coming!