This week Jimmy Fallon came to Universal Studios Orlando to unveil his new ride Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. We’ve been waiting a long time for this theater style simulation ride to open to the public. I’m happy to report the ride only made me slightly nauseous as faithful readers will know I get sick on just about anything. I’d definitely give it another try in the future with my family or friends.
Rockefeller Center Re-imagined In Universal Studios Orlando
The best part is waiting for Race Through New York. The building, styled after Rockefeller Center and studio 6B is identical to its counterpart in NY. I lived just a few blocks from there and have been inside numerous times for other shows. The creative team at Universal got it down to the silver lines in the ground. You’ll have a great time just looking around. The ride has a virtual line which means little to no waiting. Sign up for a time and come back at that time (Like a Fast Pass though I’m sure they are trying to avoid this comparison). They’ll hand you a neato laminated colored card with the NBC Peacock on the edge. When different items throughout the building turn the color of your card (lights, signs) it’s your turn for the ride.
While inside the building you can peruse the Tonight Show Museum. You’ll find places for most of the Tonight Show hosts from Steve Allen to Jimmy Fallon, they even included a year for Conan O’Brien. For example you can see the turban worn by Carson as Carnac the Magnificent.
The Ragtime Gals
You can also watch a live show from the Universal Studio’s Orlando version of The Ragtime Gals. I think this was my favorite part of the entire press event. They had a rap off and sang songs like Baby Got Back, Poppin Tags and Wiggle. The catch is they are a barbershop quartet so every song they sing has you rolling on the ground laughing. And while you are there don’t forget to sit down at an interactive desk to send some funny Thank You Notes or play a game. Hashtag the Panda is also waiting to take a picture with you and your friends/family.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Finally lets talk about this ride. In the grand scheme of Universal Orlando Resort rides I’m not going to tell you Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is the best attraction to come to the parks. It isn’t. It’s no Spider-man, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. However it is a ride you should experience and it is a lot of fun. Read on to see what I mean.
You step into a theater style room and sit in a slightly uncomfortable wooden bench like seat. A simple seat belt is your only protection but don’t worry, you won’t need more. Now the fun starts and the fun is Jimmy himself. You’ll begin on his stage where he’ll challenge you to a race…through New York. You’ll get to see a lot of fun sights and as I mentioned above it made me just barely nauseous. I get sick on everything so I was quite proud of that. Near the end I had to close my eyes and take a deep breath or two. The way it works is the seats just barely move but the screen moves you around a lot, so it is mostly in your eyes.
Like a lot of my readers I’m sure, I’ve been watching Jimmy Fallon for 15 years on Saturday Night Live. I have to admit it is pretty admirable to take so many different avenues by storm. I can’t think of anyone else who has an entire theme park attraction dedicated to their person rather than a character they play. Come and take a Ride Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and let me know your thoughts!