Universal Update: Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon, Fast & Furious and Virtual Line Testing

Construction is moving right along at Universal Studios Florida. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon may be set to open April 6, but the gift shop, aptly named “The Tonight Shop,” is looking more and more ready by the day. It’s been my assumption that it will open much sooner than the ride, especially considering work walls are down around the store and we can already see merchandise showing up inside. I bet you can’t wait to get your very own Hashtag the panda plush! Fast & Furious Supercharged construction continues as they have started building a large queue structure in front of the giant ride building.

Universal has been testing their new Virtual Line system at Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, (more details about that can be found here.) Also going on in the park, there’s minor construction happening at the Candy store in New York, free phone chargers have been installed throughout the park sponsored by Coca-Cola, and The Simpsons Ride is temporarily closed for regular maintenance until January 22nd. Check out the video for full coverage as well as the complete photo update below! And stay tuned for more theme park news and construction updates.

Photo Updates

Looking towards the bathrooms at Jimmy Fallon

Decorative elements now painted above the bathrooms

Skyline windows near bathrooms

Soundstage walls have been painted to match new facade

Looking towards the building front and The Tonight Shop

Door that is located between the bathrooms and the store

“Stage Door”

Looking through the “stage door” window

Yay! Ride testing going on inside!

The Tonight Shop entrance

NBC logo in colorful lights on the ceiling of gift shop

Coming *how* soon?

Some of the merchandise visible in the windows

Hashtag the panda! Yes, that is a hashtag stitched onto its butt.

Store window

Overall view of the entire building

Corporate Synergy

There may be a lot of logos on the building, but in their defense that is how it really looks in New York

Taking a look around the steps in front of the store…

Temporary crates and flowers on top of what will eventually be lamps or lighting features

Hookup for one of the street lamps can be seen under this A-frame sign

Closer view of lamp hookup

This beautiful ground brickwork was accomplished using a rubber mold on poured concrete. An old Hollywood technique used throughout Universal’s backlots

Looking towards the New York side of the building

Scaffolding is up around the ride entrance marquee

An intricate ornate design element is being installed above the entrance

Looking at the entrance marquee

A new stripe is beginning to be added along the side of the Fallon cutout

The work walls that are now up are plain black, replacing the ones with jumping Fallon’s on them

The ride is scheduled to open April 6, 2017!

Work walls up around the candy store in New York area

This is only a small window for ordering snacks and drinks

I wonder if this little shop will be expanded beyond a window

Work walls go down the alley a little ways

Across the street in front of the arcade a new phone charging station has been installed

These charging stations have been added in multiple places throughout the park

It’s completely free to charge your phone, with no time limit

Looking to Fast & Furious Supercharged construction

A structure for the queue is being built in front of the show building

A piece of the original building visible here

Some pieces of wall still missing on large show building

They’re using two brick designs, one matching London on the right and one for San Francisco on left

Wall being closed up on left side of show building

Closer view of wall being closed up

Where they were working while I was there

Inside the building you can see insulation has been installed

The fountain that used to be in front of Beetlejuice still remains

Overview of the area

Old Disaster entrance still has no changes visible

Also no change at the old Disaster exit

View of massive show building from London side

Building is completely closed in from this view

Original Disaster building is now connected to the new ride building

View of the massive building as seen from across the lagoon

The Simpsons Ride is closed for regular maintenance until January 22nd

Work walls are up along the left-side of the building

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