Here's Jimmy Fallon, On the Set for His New Universal Orlando Attraction
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.
"Fun night working with Industrial Light & Magic (@ilmvfx) and @universalORL. The Race Through New York effects have begun! 2017"
"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.
Too. Much. 4D.
Agreed. Disappointing to take something "real" to replace it with more tv screens. Smh.
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.
I think it is going to be a great attraction. Every new concept does not have to be an 'Avatar'
Interesting that ILM (a Disney subsidiary) is so heavily involved.
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?
An F5 tornado is called the Fiinger of God. This Jimmy Fallon tornado is an F5, but more destruction than beauty.
@ 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.
Hopefully they have Bill Paxson in the preshow talking about how hard it was to make race through New York
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".
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.
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.
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.
Guys, ILM is the main name for digital effects. They work for every company
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.
@TH - they sold Star Wars stuff at the Terminator shop? Thaat is weird.
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.
I look for this to be similar to a "Soarin" style attraction. It will go over well!
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.
I miss Twister. Practical effects are always better than just screens.
I think it will bring with it an NBC store. Looking forward to it.
ILM's involvement is not unprecedented here. Universal and ILM also worked together on "Transformers: The Ride."
Disney announces plans for Flight of Passage, a Soarin-style ride,
Is that supposed to be the Saturday Night Live set?
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.
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.
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