Official website: https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/the-secret-life-of-pets
New attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood based on the movie series by Illumination Entertainment (distributed by Universal Pictures).
The attraction has been built on the site of the former Globe Theatre, which was an event space.
A Variety article (April 2019) confirmed that the attraction will be opening in 2020, and mentioned visitors on ride vehicles. It’s believed that the ride vehicles will be riding past digital projection screens rather than animatronic characters, although there may be key animatronics featured.
From the Universal Studios Hollywood website:
“Get ready for your favorite movie to become a spectacular new ride. Join your favorite characters from The Secret Life of Pets – Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends – when The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash opens in 2020 at Universal Studios Hollywood™.”
2016 June – The Secret Life of Pets released in movie theatres
2018 July – Construction started on the attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood
2019 April – The attraction title was confirmed by Universal
2019 May – The Secret Life of Pets 2 released in movie theatres
2020 – “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” attraction opens (date to be confirmed)
2016 – The Secret Life of Pets movie trailer
Press Release – 10 April 2019
Universal Studios Hollywood Takes Guests on a Whirlwind Journey through New York City in an All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride Inspired by Illumination’s Worldwide Blockbuster Movie, Opening in 2020
Universal City, CA, April 10, 2019 – Adoption day is the ultimate rite of passage for every animal seeking a home, and it’s now the inspiration for Universal Studios Hollywood’s lively new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!,” opening in 2020 based on Illumination’s 2016 global blockbuster and upcoming sequel, which answers the question, “What do your pets do when you’re not at home?”
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.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring another exciting Illumination movie-based ride to our guests,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “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.”
The innovative adventure will blend live, dimensional and animated characters with hyper-realistic media as guests zip along a track aboard ride vehicles through bustling New York City streets towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending: forever homes. Along the way, guests will face an array of challenges and meet up with fellow animal pals eager to help guide them toward their destination.
“The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” will be located adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions.
Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, the next chapter in the franchise, arrives in theaters June 7, 2019.