Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:17 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Universal Orlando has announced Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon at Universal Studios Florida. The ride will replace Twister, which closes November 2. The attraction vaguely promises a "Tonight Show experience" around New York City.
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The word on the street is that it will be a custom experience. Riders will get to decide which hand is injured when they trip and fall in the queue.
An interactive dark ride to see how many times you can break character during an SNL skit.
so that clip that played in the background of Jurassic World was actually a proof of concept?
Intervention: The Ride?
I may be straight, but I'm also secure enough to say that Fallon is the sexiest, funniest, most talented guy on TV.
Yes, even *after* Colbert came back from his hiatus.
Nobody tell Stephen I said that!
I'm holding out for Judge Judy: The Ride.
I hope it includes a hard hat and fall gear.
I'm starting to understand Universal's strategy: build movie-based simulators based on the flavor of the week as fast you possibly can. Repeat.
The great thing about simulators is they can be easily re-purposed when the next flavor of the week comes along.
I have to beg to differ a bit, though: Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are leagues beyond just movie-based simulators.
Agreed on both points, except for "great thing" which depends on your perspective. The HP experiences are innovative. Beyond that it's a fairly standard template as of late. This isn't a knock on Universal, just a reaction to the emerging pattern. It's obviously working for them. And Universal isn't claiming innovation; I doubt they would disagree. Someone could say the same about parks that build coaster after coaster after coaster.
I applaud them for doing what works. For the sake of my personal wish list, I just find innovation more interesting (before you flame me, this is my personal fantasy and not a fact or a demand. Universal owes me nothing and I am free to not go there or just ignore them. I'll also add the disclaimer that this ride doesn't exist yet and I haven't been on it. Relax before you jump on me).
Their new water park sounds interesting.
The downside of innovation is it's harder to determine if it will be profitable. So I get why many companies, not just theme/amusement park companies, err on the side on non-innovation.
I had to look at the post date, as I was wondering if it was April 1st!
I'm sorry to say this is got to be the stupidest thing I've heard of! Why the f would I want to make a trip to a park to go on a new ride themed after a late night talk show?
I think it's a pretty good idea, actually. A Tonight Show-based race through New York fits right in in the park's New York section, leverages a popular NBCUniversal-owned show and fits the "ride the movies/TV shows" schtick. Not my cup of tea, but I think it will work.
I can't recall a ride announcement that has interested me less. I just don't find the guy amusing at all.
I like Jimmy. He has a quality about him that makes him seem like someone you just want to hang out with. I imagine it's that spirit that enables him to get so many of his guests to do silly games and things. He is what he offers and that's just a goofy, fun time. I don't think this ride will draw crowds by any means, but as a distraction for a bit while you're there, I imagine it will work.
This is one ride in which Universal may consider selling alcohol in line year round.
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