announced way back in 2016. But since Burke's reveal to investors three years ago, we've heard nothing official from Universal about the project.Anyone who has visited Universal Studios Hollywood in recent months likely has noticed the massive construction project next to the park's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride. The site of the now-demolished Globe Theater has been tipped to be the home of The Secret Life of Pets attraction that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke
Until now. This morning, Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed that the Globe Theater construction project will indeed become The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!... and that the new dark ride will open in 2020. (And yes, we're already making jokes about the name over on our Discussion Forum.)
From Universal's press release:
In this all-new fully immersive experience, guests will assume the roles of stray puppies as they join a familiar cast of leading characters from The Secret Life of Pets — Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends — on the ultimate quest of finding forever homes.
The dark ride will include "live, dimensional and animated characters" along with filmed media. Visitors will ride through New York City streets on their way to a Pet Adoption event. But of course, no journey is easy and uncomplicated in the theme park world, is it?
"We are thrilled to be able to bring another exciting Illumination movie-based ride to our guests," Karen Irwin, President and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, said in the press release. "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! will capture the essence of the popular film and invite our guests to live vicariously through some of their favorite characters as they embark on a one-of-a-kind experience only available at Universal Studios Hollywood."
Universal did not release any concept art for the new attraction. Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 hits theaters June 7, 2019. Patton Oswalt takes over as the voice of Max, replacing Louis C.K., who pretty much set his career on fire after getting called out in the Me Too movement. (Which might have been a large reason for the delay in this project, as the movie sequel went on hold for a while to recast.)
Back to the theme park world, this isn't the only big construction project underway at Universal in Hollywood. Jurassic World - The Ride will open this summer, and there's that other big project underway next to Transformers: The Ride 3D, tipped to be the California home of Super Nintendo World.
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