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^I honestly really enjoyed the park, and the entire Sentosa Island area. I think the problem is that it's just SOOO far away from the vast majority of 'coaster people' and especially coaster people on this website.

 

This might be the issue in that there was so much to do on Sentosa that we passed on our first 3 day vacation on a long weekend to fit in a day in the city and a day at USS (it's not such a bad travel from Korea ) that the things we hadn't done pulled us away this time. It was also a stopover day since we opted for that to break up flights and loved our first visit to Singapore.

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^I honestly really enjoyed the park, and the entire Sentosa Island area. I think the problem is that it's just SOOO far away from the vast majority of 'coaster people' and especially coaster people on this website.

 

For us to get to Singapore it takes a 5 hour flight to LA, a 13 hour flight to Japan, and then a 7 hour flight to Singapore. That's pretty insane. I would have gone back many times if it was the same distance as Europe, and probably at least back once even if it was Dubai or Japan/China distance, but it's just SOOOOO far.

 

Wow, that's insane. I didn't realize it was that difficult to get to. Looks like it'll be a long time until I get to Singapore!

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I think I missed that BSG reopened, which is great (old) news. So this thread took some unexpected turns for me...at first my interest in visiting was piqued, but then I read that the park might be underwhelming. And dat flight (I'm guessing my options would be similar to the Alveys'). I'll keep USS in mind, though.

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From what I've seen it looks like Kim Jong Un is a theme park enthusiast as well as a railfan. The Trump-Kim summit is happening next door to Universal Singapore. I am seriously wondering if they'll take a bit of time to enjoy the rides.

 

Maybe they could sign a proclamation to end the Korean war while riding Battlestar Galactica?

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A big update for Resort Worlds Sentosa complex, there's a lot of updates in the article, but the big takeaway is Minions and Nintendo Land are coming. Apparently, the Minions area will replace the Madagascar area. I was underwhelmed by the main Madagascar ride but I'm kind of sad because the two rides there were park exclusive rides not seen in the other parks and I really liked the carousel design.

 

also because this is TPR, a Kidzania has opened on the island since my last visit.

 

 

SINGAPORE: A S$9 billion expansion by Singapore’s two integrated resorts will see Marina Bay Sands (MBS) add a new entertainment arena and hotel tower, while Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will extend Universal Studios Singapore to include two new attractions - Minion Park and Super Nintendo World.

 

This additional investment by the integrated resorts is almost two-thirds their initial investment in 2006, which was about S$15 billion.

 

“Since the expiry of the exclusivity period for the two casino licences in 2017, we have been in intense negotiations with the two IRs to keep their non-gaming offerings fresh while limiting the potential downsides of the gaming components,” said Singapore’s Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday (Apr 3).

 

“In exchange for the exclusivity period to be extended to end-2030, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa will invest around S$9 billion to expand and refresh their non-gaming components.”

 

During this exclusivity period, no other casinos will be introduced.

 

The expansions will create up to 5,000 jobs, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry in a joint press release with the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development.

 

“The expansion of the IRs is part of our ongoing efforts to rejuvenate our tourism offerings,” said Mr Chan. “We have done reasonably well in the recent past with the development of the Mandai project and plans for the rejuvenation of Orchard Road and the Greater Southern Waterfront.”

 

MBS EXPANSION

 

As part of the expansion of its non-gaming facilities, MBS will build a 15,000-seat indoor entertainment arena which it said will play a key role in bringing new and repeat visitors to Singapore.

 

"With leading design and cutting edge technology, the venue will attract top entertainers from Asia and around the world," said Las Vegas Sands, which owns MBS, in a media release on Wednesday.

 

"Its state-of-the-art production capability will appeal to performers who might not have previously included Southeast Asia on their tours."

 

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MBS Expansion Arena Interior Rendering

A rendering of the Marina Bay Sands arena interior. (Image: Las Vegas Sands)

In addition, MBS will build a fourth tower which will feature about 1,000 all-suite hotel rooms, a sky roof with a swimming pool as well as a "signature restaurant". There will also be new ballrooms, exhibition halls and food and beverage offerings.

 

The tower will be located right next to MBS.

 

Renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who designed the original property, plans to be part of the design team, said Las Vegas Sands.

 

A timeline for the completion of the resort's expansion is not yet available.

 

"Marina Bay Sands is an iconic tourism destination that has exceeded all of our hopes in growing leisure and business tourism in Singapore and it is a privilege to receive the Singapore government’s continued support of its development,” said Las Vegas Sands chairman and chief executive officer Sheldon Adelson.

 

“The property has achieved amazing success for both Singapore and our company and we plan to create even more with this expansion.”

 

RWS EXPANSION

 

As for RWS, there will be two new attractions at Universal Studios Singapore - Minion Park and Super Nintendo World.

 

Also in the pipeline is an attraction called Singapore Oceanarium - a rebranding of the S.E.A. aquarium after it is expanded by more than three times.

 

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Concept Rendering of Minion Park at Universal Studios Singapore

A concept rendering of Minion Park at Universal Studios Singapore (Image: Universal Parks & Resorts)

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Artist’s impression of Evolution & Extinction zone at Singapore Oceanarium

Artist’s impression of the Evolution & Extinction zone at Singapore Oceanarium. (Image: Resorts World Sentosa)

RWS will also add a new waterfront lifestyle complex and two new destination hotels with up to 1,100 rooms.

 

The entire waterfront promenade will be completely renewed to feature a nightly show and a multi-purpose event zone, said RWS, adding that there will be a new Adventure Dining Playhouse to replace Resorts World Theatre.

 

To better connect the mainland to Sentosa, there will be a driverless transport system across the Sentosa Boardwalk.

 

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Artist’s impression of promenade along Waterfront Lifestyle Complex

An artist’s impression of the promenade along the Waterfront Lifestyle Complex. (Image: Resorts World Sentosa)

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Artist’s impression of the Adventure Dining Playhouse stage designed like a pirate ship

Artist’s impression of the Adventure Dining Playhouse stage designed like a pirate ship. (Image: Resorts World Sentosa)

RWS said its expansion will take place in phases, with new experiences opening every year from 2020. The project is expected to be completed in 2025.

 

The company is one of Singapore’s largest private sector employers, with more than 13,000 employees. It said its expansion will create about 2,800 new jobs.

 

“RWS has been a major game-changer and growth engine in the last 10 years in transforming Singapore’s tourism landscape,” said RWS chief executive officer Tan Hee Teck.

 

“This major reinvestment and expansion here in Singapore underlines our belief in the business model and the future opportunities that lie ahead when we complete the development.”

 

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Universal Studios Singapore Super Nintendo World

(Image: Universal Parks & Resorts)

 

ADDITIONAL GAMING PROVISIONS GIVEN

 

In order for the expanded integrated resorts to remain “commercially viable”, the Government has given both casinos additional gaming provisions.

 

MBS and RWS are each currently allowed 15,000 sq m of approved gaming area, but they will be given the option to deploy an additional 2,000 sq m and 500 sq m respectively. This is subject to the payment of additional land costs.

 

While MBS and RWS are currently allowed 2,500 gambling machines, they will be given the option to increase this by 1,000 and 850 respectively.

 

The two integrated resorts have indicated that these additional provisions will be targeted at “higher-tier non-mass market players, who are mainly tourists”, said the press release.

 

As non-gaming areas will expand by a much larger amount, the proportion of space taken up by approved gaming areas will drop from 3.1 per cent to 2.3 per cent, authorities added.

 

READ: Casino entry fees for Singaporeans, PRs to rise by 50%

Minister Chan said that the two integrated resorts have successfully delivered on the jobs, tourism and economic fronts.

 

Together, they directly employ more than 20,000 workers, of which more than 65 per cent are Singaporeans.

 

He added that of the 5,000 new jobs that will be created with the expansion of the integrated resorts, two-thirds are expected to be filled by locals in areas such as marketing, attractions, event operations and hospitality.

 

“Our experience with the IRs over the last nine years has been a valuable one,” said Mr Chan.

 

“We believe that the new offerings by MBS and RWS will not only bring about opportunities for our businesses and workers but also provide Singaporeans with more interesting options to live and play.”

 

 

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-integrated-resorts-expansion-resorts-world-sentosa-mbs-11409002

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It is neat to see the park opting to build Minion Park/Despicable Me Minion Mayhem using the Back to the Future ride system as opposed to the ride style found in the stateside parks. This would be the first new build of this ride system since Back to the Future opened at Universal Studios Japan in 2001. Having just experienced Minion Park in Japan, I'm actually pleased to see this version of the ride being chosen-- I found that the larger screen medium worked so much better than the ones back home, and the additional scenes added to the film really made the experience even better!

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^Honestly I'm a hardcore BTTF fan and even I kind of went 'meh' after I finished riding it. It's weird since it really feels out of place from the 3 film's story.

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^Honestly I'm a hardcore BTTF fan and even I kind of went 'meh' after I finished riding it. It's weird since it really feels out of place from the 3 film's story.

 

It was intended as a sequel to the 3rd movie. Doc Brown decided to "move" to the then present and open the Institute of Future Technology. It dated itself pretty quickly though.

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^Yea, I got that. I just remember seeing T2:3D and thought it fit the tone of the series as an extension whereas BTTF felt kind of a 'meh' extension of the story.

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^Yea, I got that. I just remember seeing T2:3D and thought it fit the tone of the series as an extension whereas BTTF felt kind of a 'meh' extension of the story.

 

T2:3D was literally the sequel to the 2nd Terminator movie, since it was directed by James Cameron and intended to serve as the the bridge to the 3rd film he never got to make until now. BTTF was Universal's best attempt since only Spielberg was involved.

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In line with elevated safe distancing measures announced on 3 April for closure of non-essential services, Resorts World Sentosa will temporarily suspend all guest offerings including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island, and casino from Monday, 6 April 2020 through Monday, 4 May 2020. Selected F&B will remain open. Existing guests who have checked into our hotels will continue to stay with us. Guests who have purchased tickets to our attractions, made reservations at our restaurants or hotel bookings or who have any general queries and concerns can reach out to us at enquiries@rwsentosa.com. Read more.

 

The last Universal standing has now closed.

 

In terms of most attended parks, I think Everland and Lotte World are now the biggest ones to have not closed from this crisis.

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