Jimmy Fallon: The Ride coming to Universal Studios Florida

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.

Read more from the official Universal Orlando blog.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:20 AM

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:11 AM
Walk-Off HBP's avatar

An interactive dark ride to see how many times you can break character during an SNL skit.

Never has gravity been so uplifting.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:17 AM

so that clip that played in the background of Jurassic World was actually a proof of concept?


Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:18 AM
Vater's avatar

Intervention: The Ride?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:16 PM
rollergator's avatar

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!

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:34 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

I'm holding out for Judge Judy: The Ride.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:26 PM

I hope it includes a hard hat and fall gear.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:42 PM

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:49 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

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.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:25 PM

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:36 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

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.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 10:17 PM


Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:41 PM

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?

Jerry - Magnum Fanatic
Famous Dave's- 206 restaurants - 35 states - 2 countries

Thursday, October 29, 2015 10:21 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

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.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx

Friday, October 30, 2015 12:19 PM
kpjb's avatar

I can't recall a ride announcement that has interested me less. I just don't find the guy amusing at all.


Monday, November 2, 2015 7:21 PM
Carrie J.'s avatar

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.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, November 2, 2015 10:22 PM
LostKause's avatar

This is one ride in which Universal may consider selling alcohol in line year round.



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