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Here's Jimmy Fallon, On the Set for His New Universal Orlando Attraction

November 4, 2015, 8:43 PM · Production has begun on "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon," the new "Tonight Show"-themed attraction that will replace the just-closed Twister show at Universal Studios Florida in 2017.

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon just posted to Instagram a couple of pictures of himself in a motion-capture suit, working in NBC's studios in New York on video for the new 4D attraction.

Jimmy Fallon on set
"Fun night working with Industrial Light & Magic (@ilmvfx) and @universalORL. The Race Through New York effects have begun! 2017"


More Jimmy Fallon
"Thank you @cyndie_lou_makeup and @ilmvfx and @UniversalORL. #RaceThroughNewYork2017"

Fallon also posted additional shots on Twitter:

Also in 2017, Universal Studios Florida will open its Fast & Furious attraction in the space formerly occupied by the Disaster! attraction. Over at Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong opens next year.

Replies (26)

November 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM · Too. Much. 4D.
November 5, 2015 at 12:57 AM · Agreed. Disappointing to take something "real" to replace it with more tv screens. Smh.
November 5, 2015 at 2:42 AM · OMG, it's really happening...say it ain't so, Jimmy, say it ain't so! Maybe I'll be surprised, but I'll be surprised if I am.
November 5, 2015 at 3:40 AM · I think it is going to be a great attraction. Every new concept does not have to be an 'Avatar'
November 5, 2015 at 4:30 AM · Interesting that ILM (a Disney subsidiary) is so heavily involved.
November 5, 2015 at 4:33 AM · Is that a steering wheel in that one picture I see? Does this mean that Jimmy will be guiding you through the ride in his own vehicle?
November 5, 2015 at 4:55 AM · An F5 tornado is called the Fiinger of God. This Jimmy Fallon tornado is an F5, but more destruction than beauty.
November 5, 2015 at 5:04 AM · @ Me. Crawford ... er, I'm sorry, "@ Grant: I agree. Also interesting that there is a bunch of Star Wars merchandise (Disney subsidiary) for sale at the Terminator gift shop.
November 5, 2015 at 5:53 AM · Hopefully they have Bill Paxson in the preshow talking about how hard it was to make race through New York
November 5, 2015 at 7:27 AM · Re: ILM working for Universal - I've often wondered if there is nearly as much rivalry and annimosity between Universal and Disney as there is between their fans. It would be interesting to talk to executives in charge of the parks and see if they view it as cola-war-style competators, or "friendly rivalry".

Anyway, business is business. ILM has always been hired out by all of the production studios. No reason for that to stop.

November 5, 2015 at 7:40 AM · Umm, perhaps some of you have forgotten the years when Vivendi owned Universal about a decade ago and literally nothing got added to the Universal parks. Back then, a ride like this would have been welcomed with open arms.

Now, after several years of amazing growth of the parks with the infusion of cash from Comcast, this ride gets panned by several of you and you've barely gotten a whiff of the details. Really?

Time to get a little perspective folks. Some of you are sounding like the outlaw standing on the gallows in the old west who complained because he wasn't going to be hung with a new rope.

November 5, 2015 at 7:57 AM · Industrial Light and Magic has worked on a number of franchises not owned or related to Lucasfilm. I believe that includes the most recent Star Trek movies.

Now that Disney owns them, it is no different.

November 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM · I'm really looking forward to this experience. Granted, it's a bit of a strange concept, but what's wrong with that? The traditional tropes of Theme Park attractions need a little refreshing. 1 - we go on an adventure. 2 - Something goes horribly wrong. 3 - We are saved (or do the saving ourselves). 4 - Welcome to the gift shop. The best, most recent example out there of busting out of this trope is Radiator Racer Springs Racers at DCA. This ride sounds an awful lot like that set up to me. 1 - We go someplace special. 2 - We see some familiar faces that we are fans of. 3 - We go on a fun, fast adventure where nothing goes wrong, but we have a grand time. 4 - Gift shop.

If they nail the humor, and the ride experience is thrilling enough for adults, but not so aggressive that younger or older folks are tunerd off, I think this will be a winner.

November 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM · Guys, ILM is the main name for digital effects. They work for every company
November 5, 2015 at 11:41 AM · This is a weird concept for an attraction but that says nothing about the end result. It's the quality of the attraction that counts, not the source material, IMO.
November 5, 2015 at 12:15 PM · @TH - they sold Star Wars stuff at the Terminator shop? Thaat is weird.
November 5, 2015 at 12:32 PM · For Universal's sake, I hope that the recent tabloid stories about Fallon's drinking to excess are lies. Even ignoring that, I'm not sure creating an attraction around a non-fictional person is very smart. We seem to be living in an era where the smallest off-kilter joke will offend someone.

Seems risky to me...but, it's not my money.

November 5, 2015 at 12:32 PM · I look for this to be similar to a "Soarin" style attraction. It will go over well!
November 5, 2015 at 1:27 PM · Sean, we know ILM provides special effects for everybody. It's just odd that Universal is getting special effects from a company owned by their rival.
November 5, 2015 at 3:13 PM · I miss Twister. Practical effects are always better than just screens.
November 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM · I think it will bring with it an NBC store. Looking forward to it.
November 5, 2015 at 6:37 PM · ILM's involvement is not unprecedented here. Universal and ILM also worked together on "Transformers: The Ride."
November 5, 2015 at 6:57 PM · Disney announces plans for Flight of Passage, a Soarin-style ride,

"What?! A Soarin clone?! Really?! Damnit, Disney, why ya gotta be so cheap and lazy?!"

Universal announces plans for Race Through New York, a Soarin-style ride,

"I don't see what you're complaining about. Universal is clearly trying something new."

November 5, 2015 at 9:13 PM · Is that supposed to be the Saturday Night Live set?
November 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM · At least doing this will take his mind off of the alcohol drinking. For those who don't know, there was a story a couple of days ago stating that the talk show host has been coming into work recently "smelling of alcohol". I guess he likes to let loose after work and his wife has had it on that issue and doesn't want him near his daughters with these habits developing. His hand injuries have resulted from this at parties. The report also said that NBC executives have had several frank conversations with him and almost suspended his show so he can enter rehab. Fallon did these things because his confidant said "he feels a tremendous amount of pressure" to be the king of late night. His latest contract he signed was a 6 year/$72 million deal. Hence why he's finally starting to realize that he's been drinking way too much and it's catching up to him.
November 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM · I am not a fan of Fallon, but I am a fan of NYC so I will probably enjoy this movie. There is way too much 3D and screens in Universals attractions but this is one where I feel it is actually needed as it seems they will be showcasing NYC much like the movies in Epcots pavilions except mixed with a high speed transformers type motion simulation.

ILM also does the special effects for all the Jusrassic park movies and King Kong movie/360. They are a premier special effects co. and there is no reason why they would reject big business from Universal Studios.

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