Movies, Muscle cars, The Fast and the Furious, Universal Orlando Resort

The Fast and the Furious invade Universal Studios! Again! 

You might’ve heard by now that the next attraction coming to Universal Studios will be The Fast and the Furious: Supercharged! Taking the place of two attractions, Beetlejuice’s Graveyard and Disaster!(Earthquake), this new attraction will be located in the San Francisco area of the Studios.

Former location of Beetlejuice’s Graveyard
Beige building is an entirely new structure

The 8th installment of the movie series will be coming out on April 14th, and the hype train has pulled into the station here at Universal. In preparation for The F8 of the Furious, cars from the movie have been parked where the entrance to Disaster! once was. They’ve also set up a merch cart in that area as well as one in Citywalk.

Cars are parked out front of former entrance to Disaster!
Watch the video up top for a more detailed look
Cars used in the upcoming Fast and the Furious 8
The F8 of the Furious will drive into theaters on April 14

Some of the merchandise features images resembleming classic and vintage cars. It might not fit in too well with the modern look of the recent film, it kind of fits with the feel of Universal Studios and it’s classic Hollywood vibe.

Merch cart in Citywalk
Merch cart where the cars are parked

Looks like classic cars meets Miami in the 1980’s

The new ride is rumored to be something similar to The Reign of Kong. Out west at Universal Studios Hollywood, both Kong and the Fast and the Furious are both featured as part of their team tour. I think they might’ve elaborated a little more with Kong here in Orlando because they had more space and I think they might do the same with the FF. 

Because obviously Pop! Vinyls

This isn’t the first time they’ve put cars from the films in the parks. When the 7th installment hit the theaters, they parked the cars near the KidZone area. I think this time it’s more fitting by its new attraction. 

Do you think you’ll be picking up any of this new merchandise? Are you excited for the new attraction? It’s scheduled to open some time in 2018. I personally like anything new so I can’t wait to check it out when it’s ready to go! So until then, I’ll see you in the parks!

-Mikey @MagicCityMayhem on Twitter

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

Mardi Gras, Theme Parks, Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Mardi Gras parade 2017

The biggest bash this side of the bayou kicked off last Saturday with food, a parade, and Trace Adkins in concert! This year, Universal Orlando is treating us to their Mardi Gras parade every night from February 4th through March 25th! The French Quarter Courtyard will also be opened every night through the run of the event. 


February 7th was the only time this season to experience the parade at 5pm. Until we move the clocks ahead on March 12th, this seemed like a prime opportunity to see the parade with some sunlight! And it was awesome!


Everything that makes the Universal Mardi Gras parade amazing is back and it feels like there’s more of it all! More beads, more performers, and new floats! Six new floats to be exact! Each accompanied by dancers, stilt walkers, and other colorful performers that match the theme of the float. All the new floats are based on “mythical creatures” so keep your eyes peeled for some phoenix, dragons, and garden sprites! 


Visit Universal Orlando’s official website for details on what time the parade starts each day. We are working on a video of the parade and should be up soon. Until then, check out the replay of our Facebook Live broadcast! We can’t wait to get back to enjoy more of the party! FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! 💛💜💚

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

Beer, Theme Parks

Too Chocolate Stout

This week for 5 o’clock Friday Beer, we ventured to Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium at Universal Citywalk. Joey and I both had their signature beer, “Too Chocolate Stout” by Florida Beer Company. 

I think Joey might’ve had this beer before but this was my first. Have you ever tried this chocolate beer from Toothsome? What did you think? Watch the video below to see our reactions. 

Where would you like us to cheers to the weekend next? Want to join us? Send an email to Beer@MagicCityMayhem.com and lets chat!

Theme Parks

Jimmy Fallon is coming!


We are just about 2 months away from the new attraction, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” opens at Universal Studios Florida! Taking the place of the Twister attraction, Jimmy Fallon’s new “ride” will have a much different feel than the previous tenant. Fallon explained it as something like sitting in front of a huge IMAX screen and we will smell pizza. The new attraction officially opens April 6 2017 when Fallon does his show from Orlando. 

To help hype the attraction, the gift shop at the exit, the “Tonight Shop” is now open. Lots of Fallon specific and Tonight Show branded merchandise. You can also find a couple things that are only branded for NBC. 

There are larger than life photos around the store of Fallon’s iconic characters and also members of The Roots. We heard there will be a Hashtag the Panda meet and greet, but we’re not sure when he will be in the park.