UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SINGAPORE
& Resorts World at Sentosa
Sentosa Island, Singapore
Genting International, Star Cruises, Universal Studios
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(4/16/14) The First Easter Egg Hunt (MORE...)
(4/4/14) Fleeing from Cylon tyranny, the last Battlestar, Galactica... (MORE...)
(3/27/14) No Minions, No Mayhem... So Sad! (MORE...)
(3/24/14) General Park Update (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Battlestar Galactica - NOW CLOSED until further notice...
General Resort News - (4/16/14) A trip report from the first Easter Event to be held at Universal Studios Singapore has been posted at Dejiki this week, which includes Easter Egg Island, unique food items, egg decorating sessions and an easter egg hunt!
(3/26/14) Dejiki has a new photo update from Universal Studios Singapore to share this week, sharing with us the latest changes in the park. For example, it seems the park has opted to stop using the lap bars on Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. They are still in the boats, a left-over from the days when the ride was designed to have a lift hill and drop at one point, but really are pointless now. I’m also told that the park will host their first “Easter” themed event in April.
(1/27/14) Dejiki features a new report from Universal Studios Singapore this week showcasing the park’s huge Chinese New Year celebration décor. Check it out!
(9/25/13) Luke & The Temple of Fun have posted a new POV video of USS’s Sesame Street dark ride experience this one, one that includes a picture in picture window showing off the in-car screen featuring Elmo and how he interacts with many of the ride elements along the way, which helps tell the story better to those of us who have not ridden it.
(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.
Battlestar Galactica Status - (4/4/14) There have been a few headlines over the past 24 hours claiming that Universal Studios Singapore will REMOVE the Battlestar Galactica roller coaster from the park, but from what I’ve been able to read, they site no sources, nor any official confirmation from Universal Studios Singapore or Resorts World Singapore who will only say that the ride is closed “for an attraction review”, which has been the company line since August 2013, so nothing has changed there.
While there have been issues with the dueling coasters attraction, it’s been my understanding that almost all issues have involved the trains for one particular side of the ride and not the other. I’m been assured by my own sources that the ride’s problems will be addressed and that it is very likely to reopen in due course… perhaps even with all new train designs, which certainly could be the reason for the lengthy delay as engineering an entirely new train design can take some time.
For now, until I get an official confirmation myself from Universal Studios Singapore or Resorts World Sentosa on the matter, I don’t believe for a second that the ride is going anywhere. Perhaps the Battlestar Galactica name could be retired as something that has fallen out of the spotlight, and we may see them take the opportunity to rebrand the ride as something else entirely when they reopen it. Until then… stay tuned!
(2/28/14) I realized the other day that it is nearly March 2014 now… and we still have yet to hear a peep about the future of the Battlestar Galactica coaster at Universal Studios Singapore which closed down suddenly in July 2013. While nothing firm is known for sure, Screamscape sources indicate that the park does plan on eventually reopening the ride after some extensive modifications are done. Just what that actually means for the ride, I still don’t know… but I hope we’ll find out more soon.
(8/23/13) With Battlestar Galactica having now been closed for over a month with no official explanation from the park, things are not looking good for it to reopen anytime soon. No one is saying just what took place that caused it to suddenly close down last month, but whatever happened, I’ve heard it was quite serious and no one wants to even speculate as to when it may reopen. It will likely be closed for a long time…
(8/13/13) As we reported last month, the Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters at Universal Studios Singapore are still closed. According to this article they have been closed since July 21st and the theme park has no set date to reopen them at this time. They only confirm that the coasters are closed “for an attraction review”.
Note: ignore the picture used in the official news article… in typical clueless fashion they used a picture of Dueling Dragons from Florida instead of the Battlestar Galactica coasters.
(7/29/13) I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I’ve been told that the dueling Battlestar Galactica coasters at Universal Studios Singapore have been closed once again. I don’t know exactly what took place, but from the sound of things whatever happened could have been a lot worse. Given the ‘near miss’, they are probably taking steps to review all processes and inspect every square inch of the ride again. If you visit the park and see it reopen, please do let me know.
Late 2014 - New Attraction - Under Construction - (8/16/13) I’m not sure how they have come to this news, but Themeparx is claiming that the new ride openeing at Universal Studios Singapore may be themed to Kung Fu Panda.
(8/15/13) Luke and the Temple of Fun is back in Singapore again and has discovered that a new family ride is under construction at Universal Studios Singapore. The new ride will be located between the lands of Far Far Away and the backside of the Water World show arena. A teaser sign has already gone up in Far Far Away where a carriage has signs on it annoucing that “Our Universe is expanding”, and by “Royal Decree, A New Family Attraction to be erected on this plot of land. Queue Forms Here”. Since the land of Far Far Away is themed entirely to the Shrek movie universe, I can only guess we may see a new flat ride of some kind. Any ideas?
(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…
???? - Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem - DEAD - (3/27/14) Screamscape sources tell us that Universal Singapore has passed on the idea of building a clone of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem after all. It seems they have other fish to fry, but this begs the question… what exactly is it that they are working on right now then in Far Far Away? As for what’s the next big thing, I can only assume they will be forced to address the elephant in the room and either fix or remove Battlestar Galactica as well.
(11/28/13) The lovable Despicable Me Minions have literally arrived overnight at Universal Studios Singapore according to the latest update from Dejiki. There are Minion characters in the park and Minions merchandise is not only everywhere but certain items have already been spotted with a “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” attraction logo above a Universal Studios Singapore park logo.
While the park has not made the official announcement that the rumored Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction was officially coming to the park, I think their new merchandise has outed the secret for them ahead of time. I’d expect a confirmation from the park sometime in December. The exact site isn’t known either... as this could be installed into a new location somewhere in the park, or it could be the site currently under construction next to Far Far Away (currently listed above as an unknown 2014 New Attraction.
If they follow the lead of the Hollywood park, they could also build some kind of Minion themed play area or another Super Silly Funland area just outside the ride’s exit area as well, full of midway games to play. So far the existing construction site is still working on the foundation phase, but I could see a Minion Mayhem being ready to open sometime between December 2014 and Spring 2015, which would work out perfectly to promote the new Minions movie set to hit the theaters in the US on July 10th, 2015.
(11/12/13) Rumors has it that Universal Studios Singapore is considering fast-tracking plans to add a copy of the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction that is already open in Orlando and under construction in Hollywood. If they get the final nod, they may attempt to have it ready to open by 2015, just in time to take advantage of the cross-promotions for the solo “Minions” film which will hit theaters starting in July 2015.
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?