Universal Studios Hollywood has revealed that late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon will be the new "virtual tour guide" on its famous Studio Tour attraction.
Fallon will introduce a series of high-definition video clips that are presented on monitors fitted to the Studio Tour's trams. This will augment the live narration provided by the tour guides driving the trams, which travel around a series of sets and soundstages on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot.
The latest update to the Studio Tour comes after the park opened King Kong 360 3-D, the world's largest 3-D attraction, in Summer 2010. New high-definition monitors were also added to the fleet of trams in June 2009, along with a digital playback system that allows the tour guides to instantly select from several hundred video clips.
Speaking of his Studio Tour role, Fallon said: "We brought some writers out from our show and added some jokes, more play with the Studio Tour guides, the tram drivers and we added a song or two. The tour itself is a classic, a really great experience. For anyone with any interest in show business, it’s all there: the glamour, the glitz, all the hard work that goes into making a movie or a TV show can be experienced on the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour. I’m very happy to be a part of it.”
Universal Studios Hollywood suffered a huge blow in June 2008 when a fire devastated large areas of its famous backlot. Visitors suffered as well, as the park’s Studio Tour lost some of its most famous sights, including the New York Street set and the previous King Kong soundstage. The park reopened some of the lost sets (plus a few new ones) in June 2009, and announced the Kong soundstage to replace the original, which was built in 1986.