Universal Orlando is giving guests a sneak peak at its new flying theater ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

A limited number of guests will get to preview the ride in preparation for the April 6th opening. Universal is calling the soft opening a “technical rehearsal.” The ride will open on a limited, unscheduled basis and some of the elements may not be operational during the pre-opening test.

Fallon is a popular guy at Universal. Since 2011, he’s been the on-screen host for the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood. He was promoted from Late Night to The Tonight Show host in 2014.

Universal has transformed the old Twister show building into a condensed version of NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York, where Fallon’s The Tonight Show is taped. Fans will get a chance to experience the 72-seat flying theater, in which they’ll race through the city with Fallon, who’ll be piloting his own “Tonight Rider” quadcopter on the screen ahead.

The ride also will feature Universal’s new Virtual Line system, where guests can reserve return times via the resort’s official app or kiosks in front of the attraction.

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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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