Over at Universal Studios Florida, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially set to open April 6, but word on the street is that it might actually start soft opens this month. In fact, it might start any day now, if you can believe it. They have just finished construction on the ride exit stairs inside The Tonight Shop gift shop. And it looks like the ride entrance and marquee are very close to being complete as well! We’ll keep you posted on soft openings when they happen.
Fast & Furious Supercharged construction continues as new steel is up behind the queue building that went up during our last update. This new structure is separate from the queue warehouse building next to it. Also going on in the park, work walls are still up at the candy store in New York, the free phone chargers that were installed last month are already gone this month (that was fast,) and The Simpsons Ride is back open after a brief refurbishment. Check out the video and photo update below, and stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
Welcome to Universal Studios Florida during Mardi Gras season!
This was my first time catching the Secret Life of Pets in the Superstar Parade. They’re so fun!
Work walls still around Doc’s Candy Store in New York
I wonder what needs to be done yet? Maybe this tiny store is being expanded
The free phone charging stations that were added last month have already been removed!
Last month with charging station
This month, no more station
Checking out Fast and Furious construction
Still closing up this last piece of show building wall
New steel has gone up behind the new queue structure that just went up last update
The gray structure behind the white steel is new
Closer view of the new structure
Starting to block that last part of the original building back there
This new building might be a pre-show because it seems to connect to the main show building behind it
Fountain and old Beetlejuice courtyard still intact
No change at the old Disaster entrance
This white tent has been back here for months during construction
No change at old Disaster exit either
Looking at show building from London side
Maybe the old Disaster exit will be the F&F exit since show building connects to it here
The Simpsons Ride is back open since going down for refurbishment
As far as I can tell the only changes I saw were closed captioning TV screens on the vehicles and throughout indoor queue for each of the carnival game workers, for hearing impaired to be able to read along with what everyone’s saying. Not sure if this is on the first floor only or all floors (or if it’s always been there, and I never noticed.)
Moving on to Race Through New York construction
Looks like the area near the bathrooms is about as done as it’s gonna get
The balcony above the bathrooms can be used as VIP seating for concerts
Closer look at the balcony
New York skyline windows near bathrooms
New trash bins themed to look like Rockefeller Center have been added
The stage door between bathrooms and Tonight Shop is for employees only
New themed sign on the door inside
Moving on to the front of the building
Some minor changes going on inside The Tonight Shop
Overview inside. (Check out our in-depth look around Tonight Shop here!)
New backdrop added behind registers
Looks like the ride exit stairs are just about done now
The view up the stairs, where the ride lets out
So the 3D glasses will be called Racing Goggles for this ride, got it.
One last look at the (nearly) completed exit stairs
Some new merchandise has shown up, including this tight pants replica shirt
Look! It’s totally official!
Back outside, the weathering of the top of the building looks incredible
The marquee is looking like it’s nearly done now
Lighting is being added to the words
Blue and red “neon” appearing lighting added in center of words
Closer view. Blue on top line, red on bottom
Jimmy Fallon in front of the New York skyline
New flower bed added
Concrete still a little rough, so more work may be done to complete the look
New window display featuring The Roots
Window display with Fallon
Testing the television monitors. That’s all for now! More Fallon update coming (really) soon!
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has an incredible knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found taking video of construction sites and riding roller coasters!