Universal Studios Hollywood this morning announced the opening date for its new dark ride.
The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! will open to the public on March 27. Based on the Illumination Entertainment franchise, The Secret Life of Pets will co-anchor a new Illumination "neighborhood" on the west side of the park's Upper Lot, along with the adjacent Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction.
When it opens, The Secret Life of Pets will be the first attraction in Hollywood to use Universal's Virtual Line, which the company uses on the Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious attractions at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. Universal Express also will be offered on the attraction, which features a walk through the New York apartments of the pets - including Buddy's apartment, Snowball owner Molly's living room, as well as Max and Duke's apartment - before boarding a five-minute omnimover-style dark ride.
The attraction will feature 64 animatronic figures on a series of practical sets, occasionally enhanced by media and projection mapping effects. Motion tracking technology also will enable riders to appear as puppies in the two-person "cardboard box" ride vehicles, on their way to adoption.
Voice talent from the movies reprise their roles for the theme park 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, Chris Renaud as Norman, Hannibal Buress as Buddy, Bobby Moynihan as Mel, and Jessica DiCicco as Princess.
Universal Studios Hollywood's London-themed Baker Street has become the New York-based Pets Place to support the new attraction.
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