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