I was at the park yesterday for the grand opening of A Crate Adventure. The park was PACKED because it's the eve of a public holiday here. Most of the rides and shows were operating at full load.
85 minutes wait time! The ride closed briefly after an hour of operations due to technical difficulties but resumed operations shortly.
60 minutes wait time for a junior roller-coaster. The queue is starting from the entrance (they did not connect to the outdoor queue zone because it is now used as a queue for Photo-Op with Shrek characters and the weather is so hot anyway - some could faint in the heat)
75 minutes wait for BSG: Human. Quite a hold up at the entrance because some people seem to misunderstand/ignore the rules of NO BAGS or ANY LOOSE ITEMS or ITEMS IN POCKETS..
Rarely seen Waterworld Amphitheater: that's almost completely filled up!
digimax wrote:Madagascar: A Crate Adventure - As to why the lap bars take longer time to release.. Well, the entire restraint system is manually locked/unlocked with a wench.
They have WENCHES releasing the lapbars?
Are you confusing this with Pirates of the Caribbean?
Sorry, that was just too easy!
On another note, am I the only one who thinks that "A Crate Adventure" is an odd name/theme for a major amusement park ride? I mean, yeah, it makes sense from the standpoint of the movie, but you'd think they'd come up with a more inspiring name than theming the ride around a wooden box. That doesn't exactly scream "major amusement park ride that absolutely can't miss". Then again, from what you've said, it's not that anyways. But I'd still imagine that the park would want to get some excitement up for the ride, and crates aren't exactly exciting. (Well, maybe if you're actually travelling around the world in one, it is.)
I considered watching the POV, but since I hope to go there in two years, I'd rather wait to see the real thing in person. Still, thanks for the pics and updates.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) said it is "on track" to open the second phase of its integrated resort, which includes a maritime museum, an aquarium and a marine life park.
On Friday, Chairman of the Genting Group and RWS, Lim Kok Thay, gave the assurance that the attractions will open progressively from the third quarter, starting with the maritime museum.
The marine life park will be ready by mid-2012.
The IR also announced it has completed the structure of its fifth hotel, Equarius, one of two new hotels under Phase 2.
Mr Lim was speaking ahead of the grand opening of Universal Studios Singapore on Saturday.
The two-day celebrations includes a Hollywood-style gala dinner on Friday, which will be attended by celebrities such as Paula Abdul, Jet Li and Maggie Cheung.
Mr Lim said he is open to more land acquisition opportunities for its expansion. Mr Lim said: "More land is always better. But then you're talking about Singapore, where land like in Hong Kong, is at a premium. A theme park like this is always land-hungry. So obviously the more rides, the larger the park, you'll need more land. "So perhaps in that sense, if we feel it will add more to tourism, definitely we will try to talk to the government. But as far as the rest of the resort is concerned, we've yet to complete it, and that's where our focus is." He added that things are going as planned. "Again, let me say we're right on top of it at the moment, but sometimes we just cannot avoid unexpected incidents."
RWS said it is expecting 16 million visitors this year, up from 15 million in 2010. It will target 75 per cent of tourists from overseas, with 90 per cent of them from Southeast Asia, India and China.
Universal Studios Singapore is also projecting four million visitors this year, double the number in the first nine months of its soft opening in March 2010.
The theme park may be one of the smallest in Asia, but Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, said size does not matter. He said: "Size is really irrelevant. It is all about the quality of the experience, the exciting nature of the rides and shows and attractions."
The theme park boasts 21 attractions, including the new Transformers ride slated to open later this year.
A spokesman on Friday revealed that three more attractions are in the pipeline, which will be ready by 2013. They include two rides which will be unique to Singapore.
And to meet higher demand during the June holidays, the park will close later, at 9pm. It will open as usual at 10am. Opening hours are currently 10am to 6pm.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
In case anyone's interested, Battlestar Galactica is now using the original 2010 train for CYLON. It is marked "2" at the first car. Between Early 2011 to Mid 2011, they were using the one marked "1". It's probably just routine rotation. This train is slower and unable to keep up with HUMAN and thus, most of the dueling moments, especially in the second part of the ride, are no longer synchronized.
Edit: and oh, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure's lap bars now operate electronically.
Last edited by digimax on Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:52 pm.
technfxrick wrote:That's a Shame, i am headed there today, and i really like dueling coasters when done right.
At least it isn't too sunny today. Battlestar Galactica was offline in the afternoon yesterday. Not sure what was the exact problem, but it was blistering hot... (overheating?) Some technicians were walking about the launch track.
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