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Here’s Your Step-by-Step Guide to Universal Orlando’s New Virtual Line Experience for “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon”

April 5, 2017
Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App to access Virtual Line for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” is the first attraction at Universal Orlando Resort to launch with a new virtual line experience. We have been working on this project for quite some time, and I’m excited to answer the burning question on everyone’s mind: “How do we use the virtual line experience?”

Follow along with this step-by-step guide:

1. Download The Official Universal Orlando Resort App

We’ve updated our app, so update or download the app today. After downloading the app, tap on the image of “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” from the home screen.

Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App to access Virtual Line for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Once on the “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” attraction page, tap on Virtual Line and Reserve. The app will display up to eight times available for the day. Select how many are in your party, and your preferred return time.

Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App to access Virtual Line for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

If the virtual line experience is not available, you’ll proceed either directly into the attraction or into the Stand-By line, if available. The app is the simplest and easiest way to access the virtual line experience, but kiosks are also available at the front of the attraction.

After you select your return time, you can then go and enjoy other areas of Universal Studios Florida.

2. Begin Your Race Through New York Experience!
When it’s your return time, enter the attraction through the main entrance and receive a colored Peacock Card. This is where your Race Through New York experience officially begins – the Peacock Cards are designed to move you through the interactive pre-show areas and on to the ride quickly.

3. Keep an Eye Out for Your Color
The lighting in the two interactive pre-show areas will change colors (along with the iconic NBC chime) to let you know it’s time to ride.

Once the room lighting matches your Peacock Card, you’ll be able to move towards the ride. If you’d like to spend additional time in any of the interactive pre-show areas, just check in with the nearest NBC Page Team Member whenever you’re ready to ride.

4. Entertainment You Won’t Want to Miss
Your Race Through New York experience begins with our two interactive pre-show areas. In the first area, you’ll experience the Memorabilia Hall. Here you’ll find scripts, props and suits worn by hosts of The Tonight Show since the opening of the show in 1954.The second area is themed like Studio 6B, where The Tonight Show is filmed. You’ll enjoy:

  • Replica special-guest couches from The Tonight Show with charging ports
  • Interactive desks with games and Thank You Notes
  • Live performance from The Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet
  • A special appearance by The Tonight Show mascot, Hashtag the Panda

5. It’s Time to Race!
When your color is called, it’s time to ride. Turn in your Peacock Card and receive your briefing from Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. After your briefing, sit down in the studio audience and buckle up for the race of a lifetime.You’ll fly through the streets of The Big Apple, zoom by iconic landmarks and see familiar characters like Sara from “Ew,” Jimmy in “Tight Pants,” and “Tonight Show” announcer Steve Higgins.

If you have any questions about the virtual line experience or “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” find the nearest Team Member and they’ll be able to assist you.

Now get ready to race! I’ll see you out there.

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  • Reply MickeyXtreme April 5, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    This is one of those posts that needs to be Translated into Different Languages – Because Helping Guests from Abroad is Universal!

  • Reply Matt May 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    And how does it work if you don’t have your phone or have a windows phone (there’s no app)?

  • Reply Daren July 23, 2017 at 12:30 am

    This seems an awful lot like Disney’s fast passes …which I absolutely hate! The Universal Express pass concept is by far superior to anything Disney has. Please don’t ruin your awesome parks with this virtual line thing for rides. Smart phones, apps, and selecting a time?…no thanks!!

  • Reply Pablo December 21, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Is it possible to book the virtual line before the day I will be visiting the park? If not, what time does it open for booking?

  • Reply Andrew March 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    To be honest, I really hope that you guys can integrate Virtual Line into your other rides, because Universal Express, while great to get on the ride faster, is just too much additional money to spend. Even though Virtual Line is extremely similar to Disney’s Fastpass system, I think you guys should give it a shot anyway to improve your guests’ vacation experience.

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