You can now experience New York like never before. Board the unique “flying studio audience” and it’s you versus Jimmy as you speed down The Tonight Show’s hallways and through the busy streets of midtown Manhattan.
Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade with tons of confetti, a spectacular float and beloved Universal Orlando Resort characters. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction – and a ribbon cutting with larger-than-life scissors you have to see to believe.
Other special guests included Tonight Show house band – The Roots, Tonight Show announcer – Steve Higgins, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, your favorite Tonight Show mascot Hashtag the Panda and even Stepdad Gary from the popular “Ew!” sketch.
Your Race Through New York experience begins the moment you step inside. With two interactive pre-show areas jam packed with entertainment, “waiting” to race Jimmy has never been more fun.
You can check out over 60 years’ worth of The Tonight Show memorabilia and play games or send “Thank You” notes from interactive desks. You’ll also be able to catch live performances of the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet and The Tonight Show’s mascot Hashtag the Panda.
“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” also features our new Virtual Line. All you need to do is download The Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App and select your return time on the day of your visit. You’ll be able to enjoy the other attractions throughout Universal Studios at your leisure until it’s time for your Tonight Show experience to begin. You may also select your ride time at the kiosks located in front of the attraction.
Once your ride time comes and you’re inside the attraction, you’ll receive a Peacock Card. Hold on to this card because when your color is called throughout the interactive pre-show areas, it’s time for you to race against Jimmy.
The wait is almost over! “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” has begun its technical rehearsal at Universal Studios Florida. If you’re visiting the park sometime soon, you may have the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the attraction before it officially opens on April 6.
You may have some questions about what technical rehearsal means. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:
What is a technical rehearsal?
Technical rehearsal is a time for us to offer a limited number of guests the opportunity to preview our newest attraction as we put the finishing touches in preparation for its official opening.
What can I expect during technical rehearsal?
During technical rehearsal, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will open on a limited, unscheduled basis. Also, some of its elements may not be operational as we continue to test and refine everything.
What are operating hours for “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” during technical rehearsal?
Operating hours will not be set in advance and will vary as the attraction opens on a limited, unscheduled basis.
Is Virtual Line available during technical rehearsal?
Since the attraction is in technical rehearsal, Virtual Line and other attraction elements may or may not be available. If Virtual Line is available, you’ll be able to access it through the Universal Orlando Mobile App or the kiosks located in front of the attraction. If Virtual Line is not available, you’ll proceed either directly into the attraction or into the standby line, if available. Virtual Line allows you to enjoy other areas of Universal Studios Florida as they await their ride time for “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Do I need a colored peacock feather card in order to move through the experience if I’ve already waited in the Virtual Line? Yes, the colored peacock feather card is designed to move guests through the interactive pre-show area once they enter the attraction. In the interactive pre-show area, you’ll be able to explore the interactive elements and entertainment, including:
Real props and set pieces from The Tonight Show in the memorabilia hall
A special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet in the Studio 6B Club
Meet and greet with The Tonight Show’s beloved mascot, Hashtag the Panda
Interactive Desks where you can prep for their race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, watch your favorite show clips and more
*Universal Express access is not valid during technical rehearsal
“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” will give you the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience as you get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action-packed race through New York City against Jimmy Fallon himself.
Stay tuned to for updates – including more details on The Tonight Show as it takes its show to Universal Orlando Resortfrom April 3-6 to celebrate the ride’s grand opening. (Space will be limited.)
If you have a chance to check it out during technical rehearsal, let us know what you think in the comments below!
Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 28, 2015) – The host of America’s No. 1 late-night talk show will soon get his very own theme park attraction at Universal Orlando Resort.
In 2017, Jimmy Fallon – host of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and one of today’s funniest comedians – will be the star of a brand-new hilarious ride experience at Universal Studios Florida called, “Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Guests will enjoy the full “Tonight Show” experience as they’re transported to Studio 6B to race against Jimmy in a crazy adventure that only he could imagine.
Jimmy and his creative team are working closely with Universal to develop the ride’s storyline and bring his vision to life. The experience will seamlessly blend the playful and irreverent world of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” with the incredible technology and imaginative storytelling for which Universal Orlando is known.
The adventure will begin as guests step right into Studio 6B, where Jimmy will challenge them and their fellow audience members to a white-knuckle race. Guests will twist, turn and laugh as they speed through the streets – and skies – of The Big Apple – encountering everything from iconic landmarks to the deepest subway tunnels – and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind.
Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will open in 2017 at Universal Studios Florida and join the incredible lineup of experiences at Universal Orlando Resort. It will replace Twister…Ride It Out, which will close on November 2 to make way for the new experience.