Universal Orlando's Jimmy Fallon ride to open April 6
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon announced this evening that his eponymous theme park ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, will open officially on April 6 at Universal Studios Florida.
Universal's first flying theater ride will take visitors past some of New York's famous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, while also featuring cameos from Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins and house band The Roots. But the star will be Fallon himself, who'll also show up as several of his characters from the show. The ride also will feature 4D effects, such as the smell of a New York pizzeria as well as getting wet from a plunge in the East River. Here's Fallon, describing it:
To help promote the ride's debut, Fallon will host The Tonight Show from the Universal Orlando Resort on April 3 through 6.
In addition, Universal Orlando announced tonight that Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will be the first attraction in the park to feature a "Virtual Line" experience. Visitors will be able to book return times to experience the attraction through the official Universal Orlando app or at kiosks outside the attraction.
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Seems to me that Universal is overestimating the popularity of this ride. I doubt that the return time system will be necessary.
I always saw this attraction as a way to introduce a new ride system more that anything else.
Congratulations Universal Creative and Universal Orlando! The Central Florida tourism industry continues to thrive!
And the world said, "Nice", and went back about its day.
is this ride a bit like sorin at epcot ? i have a feeling this ride in a few years will continue without jimmy fallons name attached and will be called something like skyline
Whatever the ride is like ,the building really enhances the New York theming of that area .It looks so much better than the Twister building did .
Oooh, that virtual line thing makes me nervous. Universal, please, please don't become like Disney where you have to plan ahead for every experience. I plan events for a living; I don't want to be tied to a schedule on my vacation as well.....
Props to Universal for investing in their parks - unlike the lot down at Disney who have become corporate slaves to the share price and haven't invested in anything major for over a decade now.
Wow, surprised this is opening so soon. Good spring break addition. Congrats Uni.
Melanie Howe, my sentiments exactly. Universal, please don't do this virtual line thing. More people on the streets wasting time while waiting will make the Universal experience less pleasant and more stressful. I have come to prefer Universal because it is more walkable and comparatively non-worry. (Feel free to keep the express pass system, though. I love that.)
Except for Jimmy Kimmel, this will be a terrific ride.
The vitural system sounds like how express passes worked before, they became an added money grab, at Universal - get your ticket return at required time. Nothing really new!
Hopefully Universal will learn from Disney's mistakes and not make the virtual line thing so rigid. I don't want to plan every step days, weeks or months in advance! Universal has been on the upside... keep it going in that direction.
I think the virtual queue is moreso to deal with the opening crowds Universal anticipates with a new attraction. Twister didn't have (or even need) lots of queue space.
Is this one of those moving, rotating theaters? Kind of like Minion Mayhem, but the whole theater moves? If so, not that impressed.
Disfan = So a Disney fan not impressed with a new attraction at Universal. This is like saying water is wet, snow is cold... bla bla bla..
I can't say I'm particularly excited about this ride. Sure, I'll check it out when I visit Florida later this year, but it's not one I'm going to run to. I am, however, extremely curious to hear how the virtual line works, particularly in a theme park setting, because I've got a feeling it will either become the new norm for destination parks in five years or will be an experiment gone very wrong.
A Jimmy Fallon ride is like a bad April Fools joke.
"Props to Universal for investing in their parks - unlike the lot down at Disney who have become corporate slaves to the share price and haven't invested in anything major for over a decade now."
It would appear that given the size of the show building and the logisitics of the surrounding area, the virtual queue system was needed to manage the line ... there really isn't that much room for an extended queue in that area of the park
Still a Fan writes: ""Props to Universal for investing in their parks - unlike the lot down at Disney who have become corporate slaves to the share price and haven't invested in anything major for over a decade now."
THCreative wrote : You must mean anything that YOU regard as major, right?
Is it me or did Jimmy Fallon really flub the intro to this ride. I know what this ride is and it probably will be an improvement over whatever Twister was, but I felt he didn't really sell it.
"Visitors will be able to book return times to experience the attraction..."
And Fast Furious next year.
@TH, you might want to redirect your frustration to the anonymous poster. You and Still a Fan are on the same side here.
True, no E Tickets since Everest, but three new lands coming and a big plussing of Fantasyland.
One new land coming - the other is a cheap and nasty quickie. The other won't be ready till 2034.
Who cares? Just another way too cater too the dumbed-down Millenials (AKA The Pampered generation) who are willing to throw their money away. Money they saved by living in their Parents' basements.
Star Wars land is opening probably around 2021. Pandora cost a billion to make. And Toy Story Land looks like fun. It's not all about E Tickets.
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