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Jimmy Fallon reveals new detail from his Universal Orlando ride

January 5, 2017, 2:42 PM · Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon dropped some new details this morning on the "Ellen" show about his upcoming attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is a flying theater attraction (presumably from DyMoRides) that will open in the former Twister space at the Orlando park this spring. In the show this morning, Fallon revealed that he pitched the idea for a Soarin'-style tour of New York to Universal Creative years ago, when he started hosting NBC's "Late Night" show. He said that Universal passed on the idea, but brought it back to him after he took over "The Tonight Show."

Fallon also revealed a couple of the 4D elements that riders will experience during the show, including the smell of pizza and getting wet from a plunge in the East River. (Uh, ewww?)

Construction walls are down on the show building, which is decorated to look like NBC's 30 Rockefeller Place New York headquarters, where Fallon tapes The Tonight Show. The story, as Fallon told it, is that visitors are coming to see a taping of the show, only to end up in a madcap race through the city. Universal Orlando has not yet announced a specific opening date for the ride.

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January 5, 2017 at 4:28 PM · It wouldn't be a Universal ride if guests weren't spritzed at some point...
January 5, 2017 at 5:15 PM · Needs some "Won't You Pop My Balloon"!
January 5, 2017 at 7:12 PM · That would apply to every 3-D movie ride EVER, not just the Universal ones.
January 5, 2017 at 9:32 PM · I'm strangely excited for this ride. I think it reminds me more of the type of ride that would be at Universal or the MGM Studios in the early '90s. It sounds goofy and just fun, not something too epic or grand.
January 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM · The only thing that interests me about this attraction is the chance to experience a "flying theater" for the first time. We'll give it a shot on our vacation next October, but I'll be much more excited about visiting Pandora across town.
January 6, 2017 at 9:22 AM · Sounds like "Superstar Lame-O" to me. One and done at best. ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.....
January 6, 2017 at 9:27 AM · Executives talking: "So we own loads of exciting movie properties that could be our new ride for the next 10-15 years. Which one do we go with? Maybe we work out a deal for another companies property?"

"I got it. How about a ride staring a talk show host?!"

"Brilliant!!"

I just can't imagine how this sounds exciting to anyone. And if the King Kong ride is a idea of the direction they want their rides going I'm really worried.

January 6, 2017 at 2:18 PM · Universal seem to have a really inflated idea of Jimmy Fallon's popularity. His success on Tonight is more to do with inoffensive blandness than outright popularity - it's more that many many people find him dully acceptable than him being a huge draw. He's plastered all over The Tram Tour (which makes no damn sense since Tonight tapes in New York now) for no discernible reason, they slapped him into Jurassic World in much the same way and here they are dedicating an entire ride to him. But who honestly was clamouring to expand the Jimmy Fallon experience? On the plus side, this has to be an improvement on Twister - because how could it not be? Twister was somehow duller than Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux (how it managed such a feat is beyond me).
January 7, 2017 at 10:11 AM · Lol you all knew they can switch out the footage if Fallon becomes a bad image for them or he retires right?
January 7, 2017 at 7:47 PM · Certainly inflated popularity, but he's in the east coast like Florida so there's the New York crowd that might find him interesting. He doesn't do anything for the Tram tour, but he's the biggest star willing to shill for the Universal theme parks so he's an unifying figure head besides Sharknado.

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