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First promo image revealed for new Jimmy Fallon ride at Universal Orlando

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The brand new Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon attraction currently under construction at Universal Orlando Resort may not be opening for another several months, but we’re already getting our first promotional image of the ride.

Universal Orlando is promising more details on the attraction, which is replacing the Twister ride at Universal Studios Florida, will be coming soon but it’s a very safe bet that the ride will be a 3-D simulation ride. The vehicles that will be used have a sort of “Tron”-like futuristic look to them, a bit of an odd choice since it appears that riders will be zipping around present-day New York City. Perhaps a taxi would have been the more appropriate choice, but who am I to quibble?

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is set to open in 2017 and hopefully we’ll get an opening date very soon. Keep it here at Inside the Magic for more details on the new ride and much more!

10 Comments

  1. Thomas

    I’ve rarely been less interested in a ride. Talk about putting company synergy before the interests of the customer. I hope Universal Creative can pull something interesting out of what they’ve been handed but this does not bode well for the corporate future of Universal.

    1. Stephen Claiborne

      I cant agree more!

    2. EricJ

      All I can picture is the two kids in Jurassic World groaning through Fallon’s safety preshow in the Biosphere ride, and the futuristic Ride vehicle doesn’t help the comparison.

      Otherwise, this sounds uncannily like what DCA’s Superstar Limo was going to be, before they had to slow it down and take the story out.

    3. Jeff

      This is the stupidest thing i’ve ever read, do you have any idea how popular Jimmy Fallon is?

      1. EricJ

        Um…………..no, actually.

      2. Thomas

        Jimmy Fallon is certainly popular – but is there a market for “what I really want to do is… ride in a gyrocycle of some sort… with Jimmy Fallon… through New York City.”? I mean, of all the IP in the world, to choose The Tonight Show for a simulator ride?

        Fallon gets around a 0.8 Nielsen rating on a good night. That’s number 1, but it’s about 924,800 people watching (Nielsen’s methodology is a little cryptic, but that’s a good guess.) Using the same conversion metric, Johnny Carson would get between a 7 and an 8 rating, meaning somewhere around 8,500,000 viewers, back in the seventies and eighties. Things have changed, and watching Fallon for three minutes on YouTube on Wednesday morning is not engendering the same brand love as nine times the people watching Carson for ninety minutes a night.

        Like I said, I have nothing but love for Universal Creative but this is a tough IP to build a crowd-pleasing ride around. More importantly, this isn’t going to drive anyone to make a special trip to the park like Kong has, for example.

        1. EricJ

          It’s replacing Earthquake/Disaster!, so looks like USF will turn “San Francisco” into an extension of NY.

          1. Josh

            Actually it is replacing Twister. Fast and Furious will be replacing Disaster!

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