After two days of Universal Team Member previews, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon has begun to soft open for guests at Universal Studios Florida.
Soft openings, or technical rehearsals, can close at any time and are never guaranteed to be happening. Plus all aspects of the attraction may not be working. Those lucky enough to be in the park during a soft opening will get the chance to experience the new Tonight Show themed attraction before its official opening on April 6, 2017.
The “queue” is an experience all its own. When you arrive, you are handed a colored card. When the lights in each waiting room turn that color, then it is time for you to move to the next area upstairs, eventually making your way to the ride.
As guests first enter the NBC Studios lobby, they’ll see real props and set pieces from The Tonight Show’s 62-year history – everything from actual suits of past and present hosts to NBC video cameras used to record the show to cue cards used in past episodes.
Upstairs in the Studio 6B Club, guests can enjoy a special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet, as well as meet and interact with The Tonight Show’s mascot, Hashtag the Panda.
Studio 6B Club will also give guests the opportunity to play host at their own Interactive Desk where they can send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to their friends and family, prep for their race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and watch their favorite show clips.
Then its time to head into the theater, which seats up to 72 audience members, for their race against Jimmy Fallon, taking them through the streets of New York City and all the way to the moon and back.
Though it wasn’t running during the first soft opening, soon Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will be the first attraction at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience, allowing guests to spend less time waiting in line and more time discovering even more throughout the park.
Take a look at our videos below for a peek inside the Race Through New York queue areas, and keep an eye out for a segment about the new ride on a future episode of Attractions Magazine: The Show.