This undated photo made available by Universal Orlando Resort, shows the new "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" ride in Orlando, Fla. (Universal Orlando Resort via AP)
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At Universal Orlando Resort's new "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barber shop quartet sing until it's time to enter the ride. Universal is leading the theme park charge into "virtual lines" that give visitors options for exploring a park or watching live entertainment instead of the tedium of looking at someone's back as you inch forward step by step to the thrill ride.Later this year, when Universal opens its new Volcano Bay water park in Orlando, visitors will be given wristbands that will alert them when it's their turn to get on a ride.A few years later came the ride reservations systems of the FastPass and Express Pass at Disney and Universal parks, respectively, in which ridegoers are assigned periods of time to show up for rides. But those reservations need to be made ahead of time, for the most part, and visitors can only make them on three rides a day.It will flash "Ride Now" when it's their time to go on a ride.
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