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Jimmy Fallon and crew race to Orlando in Tonight Show kickoff video


The Tonight Show kicked off their Orlando shows last night with a video showcasing a familiar scene and car from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Jimmy and his crew, including Steve Higgins, The Roots, and Hashtag the Panda, hoped inside the iconic station wagon from the film and made their way down from New York City to Universal Orlando Resort, only to be turned away by a security guard at the entrance of Universal Studios Florida, just like Chevy Chase is turned away in National Lampoon’s Vacation at Walley World. How did they finally make their way into the park? Let’s just say Hashtag the Panda saved the day.

Jimmy Fallon & his crew arrive at Universal Orlando Resort
Jimmy Fallon & his crew arrive at Universal Orlando Resort

Celebrity guests featured on last night’s episode included Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal and a musical performance by Pitbull. Other guests throughout the week include Blake Shelton, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, and Jay Leno. Guests who did not get a ticket to the recordings of the shows can attend the musical performances with their regular Universal Orlando admission. Shows start at 8:15PM Monday through Wednesday night at the Music Plaza Stage.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon has been in technical rehearsals for several weeks now, but officially opens to the public on  April 6, 2017. Orlando Informer will be there live covering the grand opening festivities starting on April 5, 2017.

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About Clint Gamache

Clint has been obsessed with theme parks ever since moving to Florida in the '90s. His knowledge of theme parks expands beyond Orlando, and he enjoys sharing that knowledge with everyone he meets.