It's Fallon-tastic fun at Universal Orlando
HE’S the wizard of TV talk shows and the king of comedy – and now Jimmy Fallon has joined such theme park heavyweights as Harry Potter and Kong by being granted his very own ride at Universal Studios Florida.
The Tonight Show host unveiled Universal’s latest attraction, Race Through New York, last week, a ride which is the brainchild of the comedian himself.
The all-new simulator attraction takes you on an action-packed race through the Big Apple against Jimmy and several of the late-night talk show’s most-famous faces.
It was an idea the comedian first pitched to the creative minds at Universal several years ago, but one which was originally knocked back. However, following Fallon’s hugely-successful stint on the Tonight Show, bosses had a change of heart.
“I got a call out of the blue,” Jimmy remembers, “The guys at Universal said, ‘Remember pitching us that idea about the ride? We want to make it.’ And I got goosebumps and got right to work.
“I’ve been working on it with my writers for three-and-a-half years. The people at Universal said no to nothing and yes to everything – right down to the pizza smell (that is piped in as part of the ride’s 4D sensory effects).
“I wanted it to be a love letter to New York so people could see how great it is,” said a delighted Fallon.
During the course of the ride, Jimmy appears as 10 different characters, including a cab driver, a subway conductor, a guy in tight white pants and a teenage girl.
In addition, you also get to sample some Tonight Show highlights in the faux art deco NBC studio building (once the home of the now defunct Twister ride), which features a re-creation of Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where the show is produced.
Displays contain memorabilia from the show’s 60-year history, including items from former hosts Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy himself.
Visit www.universalorlando.com for further details.