NBC's Tonight Show host announced on this evening's program that Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will debut at Universal Studios Florida in 2017. Slated to replaced the Twister show in the New York section of the park, the attraction will star Fallon in a 3D adventure that he called "scary," "fun" and "exciting."
"You know the Harry Potter rides? It's like that except that instead of Harry Potter, it's me," Fallon said. "And instead of Hogwarts, it's New York City."
Here's the clip, from NBCUniversal:
Update: Creative Director Jason Surrell described the new attraction:
Soon, you will get the full Tonight Show experience as you make your way to the fabled Studio 6B for a very special taping in which Jimmy challenges his studio audience to the ultimate race through the greatest city on earth.
You’ll rocket through the streets—and skies—of New York City, from the deepest subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers, encountering colorful characters, famous landmarks and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind—and “that is some weird, wild stuff,” to quote an iconic previous host.
Universal also announced that Twister will close on Nov. 2 to make way for the Jimmy Fallon ride.Tweet
After seeing an advertisement for a certain movie about 10 minutes later, however, my thoughts changed to "forget about this plan, if Universal wants Jimmy Fallon they should get to work on a Gyrosphere ride."
I Reply: Not sure you got that right: Variety - "During the week of October 12-16, The Tonight Show beat The Late Show by a margin 56%. The previous week, it was 30% (3.409 million vs. 2.628 million), so Fallon’s lead seems to be widening."
Seriously, I love the way UC always takes chances with its attractions. So many disparaging comments on this thread seem to come from narrow perspectives.
My thought, why not? Take a swing at it.
Same as Minions is the same basic tech as Jimmy Neutron before that and Hanna-Barbara before that.
What's your source for him being behind Colbert and Conan, Mr. Trexan?
i disagree, i ll view the attraction based on the merits of the ride
im sure it will be at least funny
And lastly, if Universal was really "taking a risk," they'd build something other than another simulator. Seriously, Universal, there are other ways to build an attraction without having people stare at 3D screens. Look at all of Disney's highest-rated attractions; Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Carribean, Indiana Jones Adventure, Radiator Springs Racers, Mystic Manor, Journey To The Center Of The Earth...are any of those screen-based? Absolutely not! Do they still kick ass? Absolutely! I go to outdoorsy places like theme parks to take a break from staring at screens all day, so why make me stare at even more screens?!
Race Through New York sort of takes the energy out of Fast and the Furious.
"The Universal Orlando Resort has too many rollercoasters!"
"Islands of Adventure doesn't have enough dark rides!"
"Why don't they build something like a ride from my cherry-picked list of top Disney attractions from all over the world?"
"Jimmy Fallon is a second rate talk-show host!"
Yeah, I paraphrased a lot of comments I've seen on this thread, and I added a few more I've seen repeatedly in other threads, but the reality of this new attraction is that:
-it is a dark ride that gets you out of the Florida heat and rain,
-it is a family ride,
-it fits thematically with the area,
-it is an improvement over the current show,
-it will be done in the near future (in other words it will be ready in less than 5 years),
-it incorporates new technology, and
-with all due credit to TH Creative, it doesn't have a dragon or a T-Rex.
So, ride it, and enjoy it for what it is - a nice, mid-level upgrade to the #2 park in Central Florida.
Talk about flying off the hook!
By providing more top quality rides in Central Florida than all of the Disney parks except for the Magic Kingdom?
By featuring a celebrity in a ride? Well I guess that rules out The Mummy (Brendan Fraser), Men In Black (Will Smith), Ellen's Energy Adventure (Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye) (double uh-oh there, that ride has dinosaurs), and Journey into Imagination with Figment (Eric Idle) as worthwhile attractions.
As someone who watched the "jumping the shark" episode of Happy Days during its original airing on prime time, I have a good idea what the phrase means, but I certainly don't get where it applies to what Universal is doing in Florida.
If the Jimmy Fallon show flops, they can easily retheme and repack the attraction into something new like thet did with the Simpsons and Despicable me using existing ride systems.
No, Universal was always about 1. Educating about the movie process and 2. Putting you into the movies. It was never about making you watch a movie for 3 minutes and calling it a ride (that is until Back to the Future came out 30 years later to compete with Star Tours).
"Well I guess that rules out The Mummy (Brendan Fraser), Men In Black (Will Smith), Ellen's Energy Adventure (Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye) (double uh-oh there, that ride has dinosaurs), and Journey into Imagination with Figment (Eric Idle)"
I think you actually proved the opposite. The mummy and men in black are not celebrity based attractions, they are movie based and darn good ones (of course movies have actors i.e Indiana Jones) Ellen de Generes is a celebrity added to the attraction after the fact, and same with Figment. Neither are original attractions based on movies like the Mummy and Men in Black, yet score lower on TPI ratings.
My thought about this is I'm very surprised. I agree that Universal needs more mild family attractions and no more 3D screen based ones. This doesn't excite me at all. They would be better off bringing spaghetti space chase from Singapore or Space fantasy from Japan. Universal makes great dark rides. Why they are so reluctant to build them in the US baffles me.
The Ministry of Magic should open the year before or the year after Star Wars Land. Opening concurrently would be a tragic mistake resulting in lost revenue for Comcast and a top tier expansion receiving undeserved second billing in most every newsroom, trade, podcast, or blog with a theme park interest.
Just my opinion, of course, but going head to head with the grand opening of Star Wars Land doesn't seem like something the smart people at Universal Creative would willingly do.
I love Universal, but please come on ...
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