Universal Studios theme-park at Sentosa to offer 18 unique rides and attractions

Island resort Sentosa will soon be home to the world’s tallest duel roller-coaster ride and movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Shrek and the motley mob of Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria last spotted in Madagascar,the movie.

The Universal Studios theme-park which will be housed on the 49 hectares Resorts World at Sentosa, revealed Tuesday its two dozen attractions, including 18 rides and attractions specially created or adapted for Singapore.

“Universal Studios Singapore will be its own unique experience and family destination with many new rides, shows and themes that can’t be found at other Universal Studios parks around the world,” said Tom Williams, chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts.

Williams said of Tuesday’s unveiling of some of the theme-park’s attractions, that attention was paid to location-specific creatives and designs so as to offer both first-time and devoted Universal Studios visitors, an exciting, different and memorable experience.

The theme-park will feature seven zones, each with its own iconic food outlets and entertainment attractions.

Tied-in to movie favourites, are the Madagascar and Far Far Away zones, featuring attractions for both young and old.

Visitors can explore Shrek’s swamp home, a castle and party at a Knight Club, or ‘move it, move it’ with wacky King Julien at a beach party after outwitting the Foosa in an original, one-of-a-kind immersive river ride that should be as wild as the lemur tribe of Madagascar.

Sci-fi buffs will have a city of their own and be able to join in the Human vs Cylons battle on the Battlestar Galactica dueling coasters, the tallest of its kind in the world. Another battle in this zone is the highly-anticipated Transformers ride which debuts at Universal Studios Singapore before heading out to the US theme-park.

As for adventure-seekers, they can trip to the 1930’s Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration to discover the Sphinx, Pharaoh’s tombs and mummies in the Revenge of the Mummy attraction, or take on the Lost World zone inhabited by dinosaurs at the redesigned Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and Waterworld, with death defying stunts.

At the Hollywood zone, visitors can expect Broadway-style theatre modelled after the famous Hollywood Pantages Theatre and walk down Hollywood Boulevard complete with the famous Walk of Fame.

Without hopping on a jet, visitors will be transported to New York for a slice of the Big Apple, from NY-style pizza to movie-set scenes, including a special effects stage with Steven Spielberg who offers behind-the-scenes peeks and Stage 28 for star wannabes who get a chance to be part of a movie production.

“Asians love movies and we are proud to introduce the region’s first and only Universal Studios theme park” said Tan Hee Teck, CEO of Resorts World Sentosa.

According to Tan, the project is in the final stages of construction, and Universal Studios Singapore will be one of the biggest and most exciting theme-parks in the world.

Apart from Asia’s only Universal Studios theme park which will have 30 restaurants and food carts, as well as 20 retail stores and carts supporting the various attractions, Resorts World boasts the world’s largest Marine Life Park, a destination spa – ESPA and a designer casino.

Resorts World at Sentosa is slated to have its soft opening in early 2010.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 20 Oct 2009

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