Singapore, The Ultimate Ride
You’ll have a thrilling time with TRANSFORMERS The Ride, one of many world renowned brands recently arrived in Singapore.
With celebrated brands like American designer Michael Kors setting up shop here, legendary chef Joël Robuchon bringing his Michelin star expertise to town with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon Restaurant and one of the biggest American megaclubs, Avalon, bringing on the party atmosphere (see elsewhere in this Guide for more on all of these), a visit to Singapore these days is a chance to sample the world at your doorstep. It’s a fun ride and we do mean that quite literally.
TRANSFORMERS The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore® is proving to be a big hit with Singaporeans and tourists. Ever since its opening in December last year, Universal Studios Singapore staff have reported hordes of guests dashing in from the main gates when the park opens, making a beeline for the dramatic four minute long ride.
It is easy to see why. With an estimated cost of more than S$50 million, the attraction boasts the most hyper-realistic, immersive ride experience for motion-based theme park attractions anywhere in the world. It uses cuttingedge high definition 3D media, sophisticated visual effects, and one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator systems ever integrated into a ride-car vehicle. Nearly four years in the making, Universal Studios Singapore is the first amusement park to have this ride and will be the only one in the world until a second opens in Universal Studios Hollywood in May 2012.
On the ride, guests are transported into the Transformers universe as new recruits, protecting the Allspark shard from the evil Decepticons, alongside the Autobots. It takes them dashing through subway tunnels, down city streets and across rooftops, with the Decepticons hot on their heels.
According to Mr. John Hallenbeck, Vice President of Park Operations for Universal Studios Singapore, the ride has exceeded all expectations. “We have guests and annual pass holders taking the ride over and over again. Their expressions are nothing short of amazement and exhilaration. The interesting thing about this ride is that every time you take it, you seem to notice something new—it’s never the same experience,” he says.
Universal Studios Singapore
8 Sentosa Gateway,
Tel: (65) 6577-8888
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront
Universal Studios’s grand opening in May
UNIVERSAL Studios Singapore (USS) will celebrate its Grand Opening with a bang on Saturday, May 28, with Hollywood and Asian celebrities scheduled to make appearances at South-east Asia’s No.1 theme park.
The launch will kick off with a movie-themed Grand Opening ceremony at the signature 21m tall arch entrance of Universal Studios Singapore. An action-packed stunt show will thrill the crowd and set the stage for a grand procession of the park’s biggest resident stars – Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Boop, Woody Woodpecker, The Scorpion King, Shrek, Princess Fiona and the heroes from Madagascar – with many more surprises and activities yet to be announced….. FULL ARTICLE
April 16, www.straitstimes.com
The ‘S-Factors’ of Singapore
The past few years have seen a dramatic rise in Filipinos visiting Singapore.
With very affordable air fares enticing even the ordinary Filipinos to travel, Singapore evolves as one of the more popular destinations for travelers because of its proximity to the Philippines which means short travel time, and its “S-factors”—sights, sounds, shopping and sumptuous food….. FULL ARTICLE
March 15, Ana Marie S. Tiangco, www.mb.com.ph
Battlestar Galactica ride to reopen on Feb 21
AFTER almost a year of being shut, the Battlestar Galactica roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore will be up and running again from Feb 21. Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) made the announcement on Wednesday after receiving the licence to run the ride from the police….. FULL ARTICLE
February 2, Ng Kai Ling, www.straitstimes.com
Five of the best Singapore attractions
Whether you’ve got just 48 hours on a stopover or plan to take your next holiday in Singapore, this great city state offers a wealth of attractions, thrilling adventure parks and myriad cultural delights. Here’s my pick of five top sights and experiences not to be missed….. FULL ARTICLE
January 14, Natalie Walsh, http://blog.mtrip.com
The 41 Places to Go in 2011
Singapore – For years, this island country was considered oppressive and humorless. But recently Singapore has started to have some fun with new supersized resorts, design hotels and restaurants….. FULL ARTICLE
January 7, Gisela Williams, http://travel.nytimes.com
Singapore IRs mark their first Christmas
Singapore’s two integrated resorts mark their first Christmas this year, and they are pulling out all the stops to provide guests with a full range of activities and festive cheer. Skating superstar Michelle Kwan took to the arena in a charming four-minute performance on Saturday, much to the delight of guests at Marina Bay Sands….. FULL ARTICLE
December 18, Joanne Chan, www.channelnewsasia.com
A starlit Christmas in YourSingapore
WITH the school holidays just around the corner, it’s time to plan where to take your family, for that much-needed getaway and also to celebrate Christmas. Here are some ideas for you to enjoy YourSingapore holiday this year-end. Every year, Orchard Road is the scene of the annual Christmas Light-Up event. With this year’s theme being A Starlit Christmas, walkways will be drenched in a stunning kaleidoscope of twinkling lights with sprinklings of star-shaped lights strewn from treetops and lampposts, creating a magical experience….. FULL ARTICLE
November 18, Anansa Jacob, www.thesundaily.com
posted on February 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm under Uncategorized