Universal Studios Hollywood's new dark ride will open this spring, the park announced today.
The park also revealed today that The Secret Life of Pets - Off the Leash! will cast park visitors as stray puppies. From Universal's press release,
The innovative ride will blend live, dimensional and animated characters with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping to fully immerse guests in a bustling New York City landscape. Seated within ride vehicles that resemble cardboard boxes—reminiscent of where Katie first finds her beloved Max as a puppy—guests will travel along a track towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending: forever homes.
The ride will employ facial recognition with gesture tracking to animate riders as unique puppy characters. "Every time guests experience The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! they will likely see themselves characterized as a different stray puppy, creating a uniquely new experience with each ride," the park said.
Cast members from The Secret Life of Pets 2 reprised their vocal roles for the new ride, including Patton Oswalt as Max, Kevin Hart as Snowball, Eric Stonestreet as Duke, Jenny Slate as Gidget, Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, Lake Bell as Chloe, Dana Carvey as Pops, Steve Coogan as Ozone, Chris Renaud as Norman, Hannibal Buress as Buddy, Bobby Moynihan as Mel, Jessica DiCicco as Princess and Tara Strong as Pickles.
The Secret Life of Pets ride will operated in a new building on the site of the former Globe Theatre on Universal's Upper Lot. Universal is renaming the former Baker Street setting as "Pets Place." "With the installation of all-new store front facades, Pets Place will capture the charm of a busy NY street, including an iconic NYC subway station," the park said.
Although Universal now has committed to a "spring" opening date, we do not yet have a more specific debut date than that. Stay tuned.Tweet
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