Over in Universal Studios Hollywood, a new dark ride has opened up. This one is based on The Secret Life of Pets, and it’s surprising just how many animatronics Universal has opted to go with. While the animatronics aren’t quite up to the level of modern Disney robotics, the ride is still a nice little jaunt.
Perhaps more impressive than the ride itself is the queue, which for the purposes of this review, is still part of the attraction. Who would have ever thought that walking through cartoonized versions of New York apartments could be so fun? It’s nice to see the queue be so immersive, but it still lacks in featuring many of the interactive elements we’ve been seeing in some theme parks for the last decade or so.
Once on the ride, the lighting and production values are very high. The animatronics, and especially their animations, leave a lot to be desired. More importantly, however, the ride lacks any real oomph, story, or song that would make it a must-ride. Rather, this attraction will likely be popular with young children familiar with the movies. If you’re looking for the next must-ride dark ride, however, you’re going to be disappointed.
All of that said, this is a win-win for Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s also a big plus for anyone who enjoys tons of animatronics. So for what it is, it’s a neat and a cute ride. On a hot day, it’ll be a great place for respite. For your five year old, it’s going to be the thing to talk about the entire way back home. And really, isn’t that what this attraction is all about?
For the following review metric, remember that zero is terrible, ten is perfect, and five is absolutely average:
Technical Achievement: 5/10
Overall: 6.2 – Good
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