Jimmy Fallon’s fascination with theme parks

(Above photo courtesy of Universal Orlando)

NBC’s The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has a new simulated ride at Universal Orlando in Florida.

Called “Race through New York,” the ride is an homage to New York that features Fallon as several characters.

“I was born and raised in the state, and I love New York,” said Fallon in a USA Today interview.

Growing up in Saugerties, Fallon vacationed in Lake George.

When USA Today interviewer Arthur Levine asked him from where his “fascination” with theme parks originates, he said Lake George and The Great Escape!


I grew up about four hours away from The Great Escape in Lake George, New York, and we used to go there. I loved the roller coasters. I love the idea of theme parks, because everyone is there to have fun. It’s like the movie, Vacation. Whether you like it or not, we’re going to have fun!” Fallon said in the interview.

We remember back when Fallon was a cast member on Saturday Night Live and was spotted at the Saratoga Race Track with Lake George Mayor Robert Blais.

According to a 2003 article in The Post Star:

Blais was at the track for a presentation after the day’s feature race, The Lake George, when Fallon was invited by NYRA officials to take part in the ceremony as well.

“Evidently he was at the track, so NYRA asked if it’d be OK if he could be a part of the presentation,” Blais said.

Blais said Fallon, who is currently staying in Lake George, is a frequent visitor to the area.

“His family has been coming to the lake for years,” Blais said.

Fallon was reported to have made a parting joke to Blais after the ceremony, telling him, “I’ll see you on the Minne-Ha-Ha tomorrow, mayor.”

(Above photos of Fallon and family as they board the Lake George Steamboat Company’s Minne-Ha-Ha. Photos from Fallon’s Twitter feed.)