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Postby disturboed » Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:22 am

Garet wrote:Bad news Treasure Hunter fans, the express line has been removed (and Canopy Flyers line too)


Oh the irony. Was there on 16th November, and we pretty much got the whole park done save for the small kiddie rides and the kiddie coaster. We did Transformers twice, BSG once each side (in the rain mind you - so cool), Mummy at least 4 or 5 times (prefer this version over USH). Puss in Boots, Madagascar, Waterworld, Shrek, Sesame Street, Special Effects show, Jurassic Park (rapids rafts better than the boats!) and to top it off Canopy Flyers and Treasure Hunters.

Why the irony. We waited in line for maybe 30-40 minutes, the longest we waited ALL day, for Treasure Hunters. Yes thats right. I had no idea it was that, well, short. It was obvious what type of ride it was and that was fine, but it was over before you even got comfortable. So weird.

BSG was awesome. Only 1 train operations on both sides, but we got duels on both rides. We went on Human side first and it had started to rain quite a bit during our 5 minute wait, so we were getting stung a bit, but it was awesome. Holding your hands up in just the right spot and distance away from your face proved to be a perfect windscreen! Great launch up the hill. and it was surprisingly good fun ride (the onboard POV's make it look kinda boring). Cylon was good too, butter smooth and no OSTR for headbanging. If anything, it may have been too smooth (is that even possible) and funnily enough I didn't find it as forceful.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:23 am

I feel like it makes sense to remove the express line for Treasure Hunters. It is a low capacity attraction and express certainly has the potential to slow the standby line when in operation.

I'm still surprised Treasure Hunters made it into the park's final design. It is such an uncharacteristically simple attraction for Universal, which is something I can appreciate. It has some decent theming but no heavy storyline or affiliation with any IP.
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Postby Jew » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:17 pm

I'm assuming that is because Resorts World told Universal "we need a ride...but the budget is only $5." :lol:
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Re: Universal Studios Singapore Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:00 am

I'm curious how people feel about USS. This thread hasn't seen a postfor 2 years and the park seems to be forgotten among enthusiasts. We enjoyed our visit very much years ago but we recently had the chance to go back and decided to skip USS for seeing other tourist sites which is rare for me. Posting here popped into my mind because of Battlestar and TPR's coaster poll because for a signature exclusive ride and a dueling one, I really don't know where I would rank it. It wasn't bad enough to be memorable like some rides are but it wasn't that exciting for me to remember that much. Personally, I sometimes find an- eh/ok-ish coaster is worse than a bad one because it becomes a forgettable one.

We loved Mummy and, though preferring Spiderman, also really liked Transformers, but those are at most of the parks. My general policy is to just go to a park and have fun, but I really didn't feel like going for 2 rides that are mostly elsewhere. We keep talking about visiting Disney Shanghai to try out Tron and Pirates because they get us excited seeing future versions or new things of what Disney can do, but we definitely didn't feel that from the Jurassic Rapids ride and were disappointed with what Madagascar had to offer.

I feel bad since I'm all for showing up and having fun at the parks we visit and this has come across quite negative, we really are glad we went the first time but I think this is the first time ever on a holiday we haven't done a re-visit to a big park nearby to go check out other tourist stuff and felt like it was a one and done for now and was curious about other peoples feelings.

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Re: Universal Studios Singapore Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:32 am

^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.

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Re: Universal Studios Singapore Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:40 am

SharkTums wrote:^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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Postby jray21 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:13 am

SharkTums wrote:^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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Re: Universal Studios Singapore Discussion Thread

Postby cal1br3tto » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:45 pm

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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Re: Universal Studios Singapore Discussion Thread

Postby Jetstar2 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:04 pm

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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Re: Universal Studios Singapore Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:38 am

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
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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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