‘Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon’ opens today at Universal Orlando Resort

(Source: Universal Studios)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon opened his brand new ride at Universal Studios on Thursday.

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade in Universal Studios Florida that featured tons of confetti, a custom float and beloved Universal Orlando characters.  Joining Jimmy on the float were “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and an array of characters from the show, including Hashtag the Panda, the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, and even Stepdad Gary from the popular “Ew!” sketch.

“I’m happy. I’m grateful. I’m excited. This whole experience has been a real emotional rollercoaster simulator,” said Jimmy Fallon.

The entire ride mimics 30 Rock and the Tonight Show.

“You can see NBC news studio where the today show broadcasts from, and the famous marquis from 6th avenue. So it’s kind of the best of 30 rock all in one place,” Universal Creative Director Jason Surrell said.

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” gives an up close and personal look at the Tonight Show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on an action-packed race through New York against Jimmy Fallon himself.

Riders sit in the “studio audience” for the thrill ride with a 3D twist.

“You’re going to see the best of the best, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty. There may or may not be a giant panda bear on top of the Empire State Building. We take you down into the subways. We take you down into the East River and we even take you to the moon,” Surrell said.

This is also the first ride at Universal Studios Orlando to feature a virtual line experience, allowing people to schedule a time for the ride.

The ride is already a hit with guests, including a group of travel agent who came from Alabama for the ride opening.

“Amazing. It was worth getting up at 4:30 this morning, totally worth it,” Visitor Kendra Wolde said.

“It envelops you in the ride. You really feel like you’re in New York. I love the pizza smell that was great,” Kalai Livingston said.

Get more info about ‘Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon’ here

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