Last April, Universal Orlando opened a new virtual ride that takes you from the audience of the Tonight Show, through the streets of New York, and even to the moon and back.  The Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon is hilariously entertaining and truly immersive in the Tonight Show theme.  From the Tonight Show memorabilia in the lobby, to the Ragtime Gals live performance, the meet and greet with Hashtag the Panda and throughout the ride, guests truly feel like they are personal guests of Jimmy Fallon.  For that reason, Race Through New York is a very popular attraction for guests, however, Universal jumped ahead of a potentially long wait and set up the Virtual Line Queue.

Who really goes to theme parks to wait in line? Disney and Universal have both made great strides in making a queue enjoyable and part of the attraction and the Race Through New York does a very good job of making the queue an experience, as well.  However, the new Virtual Line system makes this an even more efficient process.  Once a guest enters the Universal Studios park, the app is then able to connect with the Virtual Line system.  Much like Disney’s Fastpass Plus, guests are given several time options in hour-long increments.  Simply choose the time that you like best,  show up at the entrance in between the allotted time frame, open the app and allow the Universal team member to scan the barcode on your app.  You will be given a ticket of a specific color before you go in and start enjoying the many interactive pieces of the queue.  Once inside, the lights will change colors as an indicator to send guests to the next waiting area.  When the colors match your ticket, that’s your cue to move! 

Keep in mind that the best way to experience the most popular attractions is through the Universal Unlimited Express Pass.  If you stay at one of the three Premier Universal on-site hotels (Portofino, Hard Rock or Royal Pacific), the Universal Unlimited Express is added to your package at no additional charge.  However, if you don’t want to add any additional charges to your Universal package by adding the Express Pass, the Virtual Line is a great option.  At this time, Virtual Line is only available at Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon.

For more information on Universal Orlando or to book a package, please contact your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist.

Julie Stewart

Travel Specialist