The heart of the new Tonight Show-themed attraction will be a Flying Theater ride that allows visitors to "race" the Tonight Show host through the streets of New York. The film will include sights of popular New York icons such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, as well as cameos from Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins and band The Roots. The theater seats 72 guests, according to the park's press release.
Universal's billing the show as the "world's first-ever flying theater," though that has been used perviously as an industry term for the type of system behind Disney's Soarin' and other elevated theater rides. We expect Race Through New York to feature quite a bit more in-show movement than Soarin', which barely moves its seats once they rise into position before the show. The best comparison for ride experience might be with Disney's upcoming Flight of Passage ride in the new Pandora: The World of Avatar land, which also is scheduled to open next year. Or maybe a Back to the Future experience, with 72 people instead of six.
In addition to the main show, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will feature a substantial, interactive pre-show area, the Studio 6B Club. That will include a meet with Hashtag the Panda, performances by Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, and clips of many of the show's most popular bits, including History of Rap and Lip Sync Battle. There also will be an Interactive Host Desk, from which you can send Thank You Notes to family and friends.
Universal released another "making of" video today, which shows some of the costumes Fallon will be wearing during bits in the ride film.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens next spring at Universal Studios Florida.