Anyone who has visited Universal Studios Hollywood in recent months has probably noticed the massive building project next to the park's despicable me: Minion Mayhem ride. The site of the now worn-out Globe Theater has been tipped to be the home of The Secret Life of Pets attraction, which NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke announced back in 201
Until now. This morning, Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed that the Globe Theater building project will really be The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! … and that the new dark tour opens in 2020. (And yes, we are already joking about the name above on our discussion forum.)
From Universal's press release:
In this all-new, immersive experience, guests will assume take on the role of stray puppies as they participate in a well-known cast of leading figures from The Secret Life to Pets – Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends – on the ultimate quest to find home.
The dark turn will include "living, 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 travel is easy and straightforward in the theme park world, is it?
"We are excited to bring another exciting lighting on film-based tour to our guests," Karen Irwin, president and COO of Universal Studios Hollywood, said in the press release. "The Secret Life of Pets: Off Leash! Will capture the essence of the popular movie and invite our guests to live vicariously through some of their favorite characters as they embark on a unique experience available only at Universal Studios Hollywood . "
Universal did not release any conceptual art for the new attraction. Illumination The Secret Life of Pets 2 hits theaters June 7, 2019. Patton Oswalt takes over as the voice of Max, replacing Louis CK, who almost set fire to his career after calling in the Me Too movement. (It could have been a major cause of the delay in this project as the film feeling continued for a while to recast.)
Back to the theme park world, this is not the only major building project on Universal's Hollywood. Jurassic World – Ride opens this summer and there is the second big project along the way next to Transformers: The Ride 3D, tipped to be California's home for Super Nintendo World.
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