Universal Studios Hollywood has started the soft opening of its brand new ride today, Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash.

Guests visiting the film studio and theme park today were able to experience the new ride during its soft opening. They’ll be able to join their “favorite characters from The Secret Life of Pets – Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke”.

The ride is scheduled to open officially at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 16.

There have been many members of staff at the theme park working over the past few weeks and months putting finishing touches on the ride to prepare it for the soft opening.

Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash sits across from Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, it’s a traditional ride that features over 64 animated figures but also includes new technology.

What is a soft opening?

A soft opening, (also known as technical rehearsals,) is a preview release of a ride or store to a limited audience prior to the general public. This helps Universal Studios to gather guest feedback on their thoughts of the ride including any small improvements that could be made prior to the official launch.