UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE
& Resorts World at Sentosa
Sentosa Island, Singapore
Genting International, Star Cruises, Universal Studios
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(5/17/13) Part 2 of the story about the creation of the Crane Show at Resorts World at Sentosa has been posted to ThemeParkUniversity.
(5/16/13) ThemeParkUniversity takes a look at the creation of Resorts World Sentosa’s infamous Crane Show this week.
(5/6/13) According to a report at the Sentosa Theme Park Blog, attendance at Universal Studios Singapore has dropped by 25% in the last quarter. (MORE...)
(4/19/13) Congratulations to our friends and readers at Universal Studios Singapore as the theme park welcomed its 10 millionth guest to the park on Thursday (MORE...)
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General Resort News - (5/17/13) Part 2 of the story about the creation of the Crane Show at Resorts World at Sentosa has been posted to ThemeParkUniversity.
(5/16/13) ThemeParkUniversity takes a look at the creation of Resorts World at Sentosa’s infamous Crane Show this week.
(5/6/13) According to a report at the Sentosa Theme Park Blog, attendance at Universal Studios Singapore has dropped by 25% in the last quarter. They point out that it is a bit strange as this quarter should have seen an attendance surge from the Chinese New Year, plus I would think the opening of the new Sesame Street ride would help as well. Sounds like the park needs a little help in the form of a major new thrill ride if you ask me.
(4/19/13) Congratulations to our friends and readers at Universal Studios Singapore as the theme park welcomed its 10 millionth guest to the park on Thursday with a big fanfare that included many of the park’s characters and celebrity look-a-likes as well as gifts worth more than $1000, a VIP tour of the park and dinner… on the house. This all came as a huge surprise to the 40-year old housewife who was the lucky winner. Stay classy Universal!
(2/22/13) Genting Singapore reported a 34% earnings slump for the full year 2012 results. The operator of Resorts World Sentosa said gaming revenue was down 12% to $2.3 billion, but non-gaming revenue from the various hotels, Universal Studios Singapore theme park and other attractions was up 10% from the year before.
(1/3/12) Dejiki takes a look around Universal Studios Singapore during the week of Christmas and shows off the various little odds and ends added for the Holidays.
(11/15/12) Crazy tourists are not just an American thing, as a man in his mid-40’s stripped down totally naked and stood around just outside Universal Studios Singapore near the giant globe for about 10 minutes before security was called to address (or would that be to dress?) the situation. Many guests were able to snap their own cell phone pictures of the naked man, who did not seem to have a care in the world.
(9/14/12) Dejiki heads back to Universal Studios Singapore this week to check out the latest construction on the new Sesame Street ride, Halloween Horror Nights set-up and a new Meet & Greet area in Jurassic Park.
(8/24/12) A new 1080p video recording of the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure ride has been posted over at Disney and More this week. Check it out.
Early 2013 - Sesame Street: Spaghetti Space Chase - (3/4/13) Dejiki takes us for look at the Grand Opening celebration for the new Spaghetti Space Chase ride as well as a look at the special carnival event the park was holding during the opening weekend.
(2/19/13) Resorts World Sentosa has released an official preview video for Sesame Street: Spaghetti Space Chase which confirms the March 1st grand opening date and gives you some new views of other areas of the attraction. One such view is of the loading station which shows that the cars are continuously in motion and use a moving walkway to load guests onto the moving cars, which is good for keeping up the throughput numbers. They also mention that when the ride opens, the park will also put on a street carnival, thought I’m not sure how long this will last.
(2/18/13) The passholder preview rides on the Spaghetti Space Chase took place and Dejiki was on hand to take a spin and post a detailed report on the newest Universal dark ride experience. While the ride wont officially open until March 2013, it is expected to soft open for park guests frequently between now and then. As such, keep in mind that the passholder preview rides were also part of a “Technical Rehearsal” and certain effects or features of the attraction may not have been working yet.
Once your done with Dejiki, a second review of the ride and all new pictures have been posted over at Luke & The Temple of Fun. Below that I have embedded two slightly different ride POV videos showing off the ride experience itself. One has better audio than the other, while the other has a better view of certain scenes in the ride, so it’s a good idea to view both.
(2/13/13) The latest update from Universal Studios Singapore comes in this week from Dejiki who shows off the park making final preparations for the new Sesame Street ride to open soon. New signage is up in the park telling guests that the ride will officially open in March 2013, but the passholder sneak preview will take place this weekend.
(2/4/13) I’ve been told by several people that Universal has announced a special Passholder Preview of the new Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase ride on February 16th. All will be revealed very soon!
(1/28/13) The latest word from Universal Studios Singapore comes to us this week from Dejiki who reports on several small changes within the park. Chinese New Year decorates have gone up in several areas, and while the new Sesame Street ride still isn’t open yet, but queue music and audio (Sesame Street News Updates) for the attraction has been heard playing n the New York area near the ride. It also looks like the Splash Cannons you could pay extra to use to shoot at the Jurassic Park Rapids boats as they passed by have been permanently removed.
The word around the park is that the Sesame Street: Spaghetti Space Chase may be ready to soft open in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
(12/31/12) A new update from Luke and the Temple of Fun gives us a closer view of what the new Sesame Street ride cars look like.
(11/5/12) Luke is back with a new update showing off the inside of the newly opened Sesame Street themed gift shop near the Spaghetti Space Chase ride. While the date to open the new ride is not known yet, park staff are telling guests that it will be ready to open “very soon”, so keep your eyes open.
Dijiki also was on the scene this weekend as well and managed to not only capture a shot of the Super Grover themed employee uniforms, but also got out best picture yet of a few of the ride cars parked just beside State 28. The blue suspended cars will feature two rows of seating, with blue doors to keep guests inside adorned with the Super Grover Lightning Bolt. What’s more interesting is that there appear to be medium sized video monitors installed in front of each seat, which makes me wonder if you will see video content during the ride, or if there will be some kind of touch-screen interactivity option.
Just a bit of speculation here, but unlike the ET ride system we’ve seen at the other Universal parks in the park, these cars are very enclosed. ET’s cars were themed as Flying Bikes and very open air, allowing you to look at scenery not only around you, but below you as well. With a canopy over your head, blocking your view of the ride track and everything else “above” your line of sight, and the ride vehicle itself blocking your view of everything below the horizon line, I’m guessing the majority of scenery will be limited to what children are able to see at head-level.
(10/31/12) New photos from Universal Singapore have been posted to Dejiki this week showing off the latest work done outside Spaghetti Space Chase, including a new description of the ride as posted to the official safety instruction sign posted outside.
“This ride is suspended and simulates a space flight to a faraway planet. The movement of the vehicle includes sudden tilting and acceleration.”
(10/9/12) Disney and More has posted the new name and pictures of the themed ride entrance for the new Sesame Street ride called Spaghetti Space Chase along with a link to a silly promotional video from Resorts World showing off how Spaghetti is vanishing from all other the Earth. The lead suspects are the evil Macaroni the Merciless and his two henchmen, Shredder and Zester. Word has it that the new ride could be ready to open soon.
(5/25/12) According to this news article, not only will Universal Studios Singapore open a new Sesame Street themed ride, but starting this June eight Sesame Street characters will perform daily interactive shows. A character breakfast experience is also in the works for later this year.
2014 - New Universal Attraction - Planning - (12/11/12) Genting Group confirmed that in addition to the soon to open Sesame Street themed ride, another new attraction would open in the park in 2014. Time to fire up the rumor mill and see what we can dig up…
2015 - New Resorts World Hotel - Planning - (12/11/12) Genting Group, the company behind Resorts World Sentosa celebrated the completion of the build out of the full resort and attractions this past week, and took the moment to announce some new developments on the way. A new unnamed 500-room hotel is slated to be open by 2015 in Jurong East, as well as new attractions for the Universal Studios theme park (see above…). Business has been good it seems, as the resorts are reporting occupancy rates of over 90% at the 1,500 rooms and Genting says that their projections claim they will recoup their investment in the mega resort by 2016.
2015 - Kidzania - Announced
- (1/25/13) Sentosa Island will be home to yet another new attraction in 2015 as a new $90 million Kidzania attraction is coming. Described as a park where children aged 4 to 14 can get a chance to “work” in various city jobs, in a themed environment. They can try out what it feels like to work for the police, be a doctor, journalist, mail man, work in a bank and many other career paths. In exchange for their time spent at work, they earn park money which can be spent in various locations within the Kidzania “city” environemtn to buy things, such as food.
2017/2018 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Rumor - (8/2/12) Is Harry Potter being planned for Universal Studios Singapore? While I’m sure it has been talked about, I’ve never heard anything through my various channels claiming that it ever went any further than the blue sky phase. And yet this online report is claiming that the Potterverse will set up shop in both Japan and Singapore in the next few years. Did they speak out of turn or is something more concrete in the works?