A new The Secret Life Of Pets ride is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. Based on the wildly successful Illumination animated franchise, the ride will join other popular attractions of the park, including Transformers: The Ride 3D, Jurassic Park: The Ride, The Simpsons Ride, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Secret Life Of Pets ride's conception coincides perfectly with the release of the film’s sequel coming in June.
Released in 2016, The Secret Life of Pets was a huge success, pulling in $875 million at the box office. Packed with adorable furry creatures and voices of Hollywood A-listers, The Secret Life of Pets follows a Jack Russell Terrier named Max (Louis C.K.). While his owner is at work, Max associates with other pets of the building, including Snowball (Kevin Hart), Gidget (Jenny Slate), Chloe (Lake Bell) and Buddy (Hannibal Buress). Max’s spoiled life comes to a halt when his owner adopts a stray named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The Secret Life of Pets 2 will have changes in the cast including Patton Oswalt taking over the voice of Max and Harrison Ford playing Rooster - in Ford’s first ever voice role. After the film’s promotion by Universal at last week’s CinemaCon, the announcement of the ride furthers excitement for fans.
According to Deadline, the main notion of the ride is pet adoption. Called "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!", the ride will blend live, dimensional, and animated characters as guests zip along a track aboard ride vehicles. Theme park guests will take on the role of stray puppies as they journey through the streets of New York City, encountering mayhem and fellow animals along the way. The ride concludes at the arrival of a pet adoption center. Karen Irwin, President of Universal Studios Hollywood, expressed excitement for the ride in a statement:
We are thrilled to be able to bring another exciting Illumination movie-based ride to our guests. 'The Secret Life Of Pets: Off the Leash!' will capture the essence of the popular film and invite 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 ride continues Universal Studio Hollywood's consistent pattern of adding new attractions since 2012. "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!" will take over the Globe Theatre and stand adjacent to the “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions. As fans await the opening of The Secret Life of Pets ride, slated for 2020, park attendees can enjoy the opening of a new Jurassic World ride coming this summer.
The Secret Life of Pets franchise has found a delightful way to answer any pet owner’s most burning question: "What do they do when I'm not at home?" Along with being a fun addition to the Universal Studio Hollywood theme park, perhaps the ride will also stimulate conversation on the benefits of pet adoption. After all, it's important to take good care of a pet, but a pet can also take very good care of its owner.
- The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019