ORLANDO, Fla. (April 6, 2017) This morning, guests joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resorts newest ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. The all-new ride takes guests on an action-packed race through the Big Apple against Jimmy Fallon himself, and completely immerses them in the world of Americas favorite talk show The Tonight Show.
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. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction and a special ribbon cutting.
Im happy. Im grateful. Im excited. This whole experience has been a real emotional rollercoaster simulator, said Jimmy Fallon.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is the first ride at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience allowing guests to enjoy other areas of the park while they virtually wait for their time to enter the attraction. For more information about Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and the Virtual Line experience, visit the Universal Orlando blog at blog.universal.com
About Universal Orlando Resort
For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando Resort has been creating epic vacations for the entire family incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.
Universal Orlandos theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universals Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the worlds most exciting and innovative theme park experiences including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And on May 25, 2017, Universal Orlando will open its third park, Universals Volcano Bay an entirely new water theme park experience. Universals on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.
Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalks newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.