Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Get ride of your life on twin roller coasters at Universal Studios Singapore

THEME-PARK lovers will soon get the chance to ride on the world’s tallest duelling roller coasters and escape from a Tyrannosaurus rex on a whitewater raft.

Universal Studios Singapore in Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) has unveiled 20 out of its 24 slated rides and attractions– 18 of which are unique to Singapore.

The highlight of the theme park is the duelling roller coasters.

Standing at 42.5m, it is the tallest pair of its kind and the first to have two different types of coasters – one seated and the other suspended.

Both will be launched at the same time and experience near misses with each other.

There will also be 13 eateries serving classic American food and Asian cuisine, and 12 retail outlets selling souvenirs, apparel and film merchandise.

An RWS spokesman said that the remaining four attractions would be introduced progressively to encourage repeat visits.

RWS, which has invested over US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) in the park, expects 4.5 million visitors in the first year.

Opening hours have not been finalised and admission fees will be announced at a later date.

Said Mr John Hallenbeck, director of park operations: “The pricing structure is in its final stages right now so we don't have the exact prices, but they will be competitive with those of the other theme parks.”

There are three other Universal Studio theme parks – in Hollywood and Orlando in the United States, and Osaka, Japan.

A day pass to the park in Hollywood costs US$69 (S$96), while Osaka charges 5,800 yen (S$89).

And visitors need not worry about Singapore’s tropical heat– 70 per cent of the park will be sheltered.

There will also be air-coolers and fans around the park, and some queues will be air-conditioned.

The 20ha theme park is at the end stages of construction.

It is the first in South-east Asia and will open to the public in the first quarter of next year.

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