Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon Officially Grand Opens at Universal Studios Florida

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The wait is over! Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially open at Universal Studios Florida, and Jimmy, his family, and lots of friends were on hand today to celebrate.

Starting today you can race Jimmy around New York City landmarks, battling for the Tonight Show cup every day! The new attraction features a 3D simulator that takes guests on a fast-paced, wacky adventure through New York in a flying theater!

Jimmy Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade with tons of confetti and a float full of Universal Orlando characters. The moment culminated with a countdown to the official opening of the attraction – and a ribbon cutting with larger-than-life scissors. Jimmy thanked all five of the previous hosts of The Tonight Show in his speech, saying without them, none of this would have been possible.

Jimmy’s family was on hand for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. 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.

This attraction uses a Virtual Line, instead of a queue. If not using Express, be sure to reserve your return time either from a kiosk near the attraction, or by using the Universal Orlando app. You can reserve your return time first thing in the morning to ensure you’ll be able to experience this brand new attraction. When your time window arrives, just show up at the main entrance under the marquee.

While you wait for your turn to ride, you can browse the lobby museum, filled with props and information highlighting all of the hosts and history of The Tonight Show. The second floor has the Studio 6B Lounge. Here you can relax in comfy lounge chairs, charge your devices from free charging stations, play games from interactive displays, watch segments from The Tonight Show, meet Hashtag the dancing panda, and even catch a show from the Ragtime Gals, who appear regularly live onstage.

Related Links

  • Explore the exhibits of The Tonight Show museum
  • Check out the entire Virtual Queue and Ragtime Gals
  • See the entire Construction history for this ride here

Grand Opening Photo Gallery

Photos by Universal Orlando

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