Universal Orlando's Jimmy Fallon ride to open April 6

January 12, 2017, 10:18 PM · 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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January 13, 2017 at 12:16 AM · Seems to me that Universal is overestimating the popularity of this ride. I doubt that the return time system will be necessary.

I'll try this ride cuz it's new, and hopefully it'll be good. But I think I'd be more excited if they were opening a 4D simulator called Watching Paint Dry.

January 13, 2017 at 1:22 AM · I always saw this attraction as a way to introduce a new ride system more that anything else.

I mean it is not well received, they could always change it into race through New York with Secret Life of Pets, just remove Jimmy Fallon from the Entrance and put all the pets in the fake windows. =) Of course they would change the ride too.

At least it would easier that the Back to the Future to Simpsons facade conversion.

January 13, 2017 at 1:38 AM · Congratulations Universal Creative and Universal Orlando! The Central Florida tourism industry continues to thrive!
January 13, 2017 at 5:00 AM · And the world said, "Nice", and went back about its day.
January 13, 2017 at 5:23 AM · 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
January 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM · 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 .
January 13, 2017 at 8:58 AM · 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.....
January 13, 2017 at 9:13 AM · 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.
January 13, 2017 at 9:49 AM · Wow, surprised this is opening so soon. Good spring break addition. Congrats Uni.

I also am concerned about the virtual queue. I love Uni because you can just show up and enjoy the day. No preplanning necessary.

January 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM · 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.)
January 13, 2017 at 10:47 AM · Except for Jimmy Kimmel, this will be a terrific ride.
January 13, 2017 at 10:58 AM · Giggling manchild.
January 13, 2017 at 11:08 AM · 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!
January 13, 2017 at 11:34 AM · 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.
January 13, 2017 at 11:53 AM · 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.
January 13, 2017 at 11:58 AM · Is this one of those moving, rotating theaters? Kind of like Minion Mayhem, but the whole theater moves? If so, not that impressed.
January 13, 2017 at 12:14 PM · 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..

First let the damn thing open before judging..

We will see it 3rd week of May and reserve judgment until then, Thank you very much...

January 13, 2017 at 4:35 PM · 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.
January 13, 2017 at 6:58 PM · A Jimmy Fallon ride is like a bad April Fools joke.
January 13, 2017 at 11:39 PM · "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."

That was the quote from the anonymous crank above. Such nonsense, when Disney is building three new lands at WDW! And they completed NFL a few years ago.

January 14, 2017 at 4:46 AM · 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
January 14, 2017 at 4:55 AM · 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."

I Respond: You must mean anything that YOU regard as major, right?

January 14, 2017 at 7:54 AM · THCreative wrote : You must mean anything that YOU regard as major, right?

I respond : not ONE e-ticket attraction built by Disney in over a decade at Orlando. Shameful.

January 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM · 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.

Virtual line? Like Fastpass+? ;)

January 14, 2017 at 9:23 AM · "Visitors will be able to book return times to experience the attraction..."

Am I right to think I can pick an chose the return time (for what is available at that moment?
If so I think that is cool, it's like buying a ticket in New York for Jimmy Fallon. There will be a tonight show museum preview area so I think return times are a bit liquid and entertaining at the same time. Lets see how it turns out. Regarding the attraction, I'm excited and I love the exterior.
And a few months later we'll have Vulcano Bay, and before that 6 new floats at the awesome Mardi Gras parade. Good times at Universal.

January 14, 2017 at 11:00 AM · And Fast Furious next year.

Going to definately stay on site at Universal when i go this year.

January 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM · @TH, you might want to redirect your frustration to the anonymous poster. You and Still a Fan are on the same side here.
January 14, 2017 at 11:18 PM · True, no E Tickets since Everest, but three new lands coming and a big plussing of Fantasyland.
January 15, 2017 at 7:27 AM · One new land coming - the other is a cheap and nasty quickie. The other won't be ready till 2034.
January 15, 2017 at 8:27 PM · 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.
January 15, 2017 at 9:23 PM · 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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