Jimmy Fallon came to town Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest ride.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is an action-packed race through the Big Apple against the “Tonight Show” host.

Fallon kicked off the celebration with a New York-style ticker tape parade at Universal Studios.  Joining Fallon on a custom-made float were “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, announcer Steve Higgins, and the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet.

“I’m happy,” Fallon said. “I’m grateful. I’m excited. This whole experience has been a real emotional roller coaster simulator.”

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is the first Universal ride to feature the Virtual Line experience – allowing guests to enjoy other areas of the park while they “virtually” wait to enter the attraction.

The ride is one of 20 new guest experiences Universal Orlando has opened since 2010.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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