Jimmy Fallon, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Has Fallon Fever! 

Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show posse arrived in Orlando sometime over last weekend. Jimmy himself was seen in the Tonight Shop this past Sunday before he went to Wrestlemania (and allegedly sat next to Mark Woodbury) and took photos with some guests! Notice his Team Member name tag?

Photo courtesy of Trey Morningstar. Follow his Instagram @tmorningstarphoto

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon will be filming all this week at Universal and culminating this Thursday with the grand opening of his attraction “Race Through New York”. 

Sign for the new Jimmy Fallon attraction in Citywalk

The front area of the park has exploded with Fallon signs about the tapings, the opening of the ride, and sets for filming of the show. They even put some merchandise at the front of the Universal Studios Store.

Race Through New York merchandise at the entrance to the Studios Store
 

Guests attending the Fallon tapings check in at the entrance to the Blue Man Group path. Even though the tapings don’t start until 2pm, guests can (and have) check in as early as 9am! Joey and I will be attending the “red carpet” grand opening for the attraction on Thursday morning. 


Hashtag the Panda, the Tonight Show mascot, has been meeting guests in front of the Tonight Shop the last couple days
Musical guests for the Tonight Show tapings will perform on the Rockit stage. That’s the same stage where the Mardi Gras concerts are held. These performances are free for anyone that has a park ticket and obviously limited to capacity. These aren’t full blown concerts. Just one or two songs from the artists. Performers include Pitbull featuring Stephen Marley, Blake Shelton, Flo Rida featuring 99 Percent with The Roots, and Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla Sign. 


Just like the last time he came to town, this is a very exciting time to visit the Universal Parks while Fallon is here! We are looking forward to the grand opening of the ride on April 6th! Be sure to look for a Facebook live broadcast as well as photos and other videos from the day!


See you in the parks!

-Mikey @MagicCityMayhem on Twitter

Jimmy Fallon, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando Resort

#FallonRide has soft opened

(Possible vague spoilers about the queue and ride. Read ahead with caution if you don’t want to be spoiled.)

As you probably have heard by now, Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon has soft opened at Universal Studios Florida. This is also called a “technical rehearsal” and I decided to give it a whirl a couple mornings ago. 

When I entered the building I was handed a plastic purple card with instructions on it. Then I walked down the long hallway to the first waiting area. Walking down that long hallway kind of reminded me of Twister. 

The best way for me to describe the first waiting area is, it’s like “One Man’s Dream” from Disney, but themed after The Tonight Show. Multiple windows showcasing props and memorabilia from different eras of the show’s history fill the room. Tv screens everywhere showing clips of the different hosts from over the years. I did a Facebook Live broadcast in this room. You can watch the replay ➡️here⬅️. 

When my color was called, myself and about 20 other people went upstairs. The next room I encountered had digital games on tables, and just a couple tvs here and there. We weren’t able to go into the next room ahead where it looked like the live entertainment would be. I was there before 10am so I might’ve just been too early to see it. Here’s a quick look around this area:


Then it was time to get hyped for “the show”! The next room was where we watched a brief video of Jimmy riffing with The Roots. And then we hear the safety spiel before boarding our Tonight Riders for our Race Through New York. 

I’m not going to mention too many details of the actual ride. I sat in the front row and thought it was pretty cool. It probably would’ve been better 2 or 3 rows further back. I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of the show, but the attraction was really fun from top to bottom. I look forward to going back and seeing the live entertainment (Hashtag the Panda, and the Ragtime Gals), but overall I consider this a definite upgrade from Twister. When you get a chance to go on it, let me know what you thought! The ride officially opens on April 6th. 

See you in the parks!

^Mikey @MagicCityMayhem on Twitter

Jimmy Fallon, Mardi Gras, Theme Parks

Mardi Gras begins at Universal Studios Florida!


On February 4th 2017, Universal’s annual “grand celebration” kicked off with Trace Adkins as the main event for the evening. 


The concentration of all the “celebrating” before the parade happens in the New York area. The street adjacent to the entrance of the Mummy is converted for this event to The French Quarter Courtyard. Lined with tents for food, drinks, and even psychic readings, it culminates at the end of the street with a live band! 


We were lucky enough to see some of the performers of the parade walking the streets prior to the 7:45pm parade. They were spotted on the street in the parade route from the arcade all the way to Minion Mayhem. They were very happy to take photos with guests. Most of them were in between the Jimmy Fallon attraction and The Mummy. 


Far and away the coolest thing about Mardi Gras this year is the celebrating doesn’t stop on non-concert nights! The Mardi Gras parade and the French Quarter Courtyard will be available on nights when a concert isn’t happening! Click here for more details! But it basically means more chances to catch the parade and beads and beignets! 


There’s a parade in the next couple days that starts as early as 5pm! We are going to that one and take advantage of the sunlight for photos and videos. Look for a Universal Mardi Gras parade exclusive post very soon!


See you in the parks!

-Mikey @MagicCityMayhem

Jimmy Fallon, Theme Parks

Jimmy Fallon sketch specific merchandise!

Earlier today we noticed some newer items in the Tonight Shop. Going along with the newly unveiled mural behind the register, the Ragtime Gals have merchandise of their own. Also, here’s a video of them in action with Justin Timberlake:

More of these sketch related items that I noticed were the “classroom instruments” like the ones used by The Roots, Jimmy, and a musical guest of the show. Here’s a video of The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and Carly Rae Jepsen doing her classic “Call me maybe”. You’re welcome.