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Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Opening Date for Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash With Virtual Line Technology

By Dustin Sparage, Theme Park Shark Owner and Founder

Updated 3:00 PM EDT, Thu February 20, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, we have an official opening date for Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! The newest attraction to open at Universal Studios Hollywood, received an official opening date from the park via Twitter.

According to Universal, Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash will blend live, dimensional and animated characters with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping to fully immerse guests in a bustling New York City landscape. Seated within ride vehicles that resemble cardboard boxes—reminiscent of where Katie first finds her beloved Max as a puppy—guests will travel along a track towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending: forever homes.

The ride is set to incorporate 64 technologically-advanced animated figures. The ride will invite guests to meet some of their favorite characters from the movies, who themselves have transformed into dimensional beings. From blinking eyes to eye and eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride. This sounds like it will be an incredible attraction from an animatronic standpoint. As guests, we will be fully immersed with these physical characters in our view.

Yesterday, 2-19-2020, the official sign of the attraction was mounted to the front of the facade. Thank you to our friends at Theme Park Obsession for the photo.

Virtual Line technology is another component of the experience, designed to help guests maximize their leisure time at the theme park. Guests can access Virtual Line via the official Universal Studios Hollywood app, available for free in the App Store and on Google Play or they can visit the Virtual Line kiosk located in the New York City subway station, situated adjacent to the ride. Universal has a similar queue experience in Orlando with Jimmy Fallon’s Race Through New York. Virtual Queue creates a fun experience where guests can explore the details of the preshow rooms instead of conforming to a single file line, away from most of details of the queue.

Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash will officially open March 27th at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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Dustin Sparage

Dustin Sparage

Dustin is the owner of the Theme Park Shark! He has held an annual pass to all major SoCal Theme Parks for the last 10 years and has worked at the parks-- working the main gate at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Dustin has been following theme parks for over 10 years and specializes in news and updates from Universal Studios Hollywood. Dustin's favorite rides are Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios Florida and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Island's of Adventure.

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