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

Mardi Gras, Theme Parks

Mardi Gras in the Prop Shop

 Universal Orlando kicks off their annual Mardi Gras season today with a parade at 7:45pm followed by a Trace Adkins concert at 8:30pm. Concert is included with park admission and keep a heads up for incoming beads while watching the parade! Also be sure to check out the French Quarter Courtyard for more music, possible parade cast meet and greet, and Mardi Gras specific food options!


Be sure to visit the Prop Shop while you’re in the park. It’s where the old magic shop was next to Mel’s on Hollywood Blvd. We found some pretty sweet Mardi Gras related gems in there earlier this week! This store is stocked with props and aesthetics used within the Universal theme parks! There’s also just random stuff that wasn’t used in the park, but it helps give the store that “antique shop” or “thrift store” feel. 



They also have a good amount of Halloween Horror Nights related merchandise, but I’ll save that for another post. They tend to have the current season relatable items in the foyer as soon as you walk in. If you’re looking for that random conversation piece and you happen to be a huge theme park fan, this place is for you! 


Mikey @MagicCityMayhem