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The long-awaited soft opening of Universal Studios Singapore will begin this weekend, when the new theme park throws open its gates for a public preview.

The park will be open for the entire week of February 14-21, though only between the hours of 5pm and 9pm. Admission will cost $10, but the park will throw in a free dining voucher for the same amount. The number of guests allowed in to the park is likely to be limited, and it is likely that only a small number of rides will be operational.

The park's official press release suggests that no rides will be up and running this weekend, describing the soft opening as a "first-to-see walk through opportunity." However, reports elsewhere suggest that a number of attractions will be open, although headliners including Journey to Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and the Lights, Camera, Action special effects show will definitely not be ready.

Following the preview week, the Universal Studios Singapore is unlikely to open to the public again until some time in March. Instead, the week of February 22 will see the park open to a limited audience of staff and families, plus charities and invited guests.

Universal Studios Singapore is part of Resorts World Sentosa, which is located a quarter of a mile off the coast of Singapore itself. Four hotels at the resort have already opened, while a casino will also soft open this weekend.

Overall, Universal Studios Singapore is set to feature some 24 rides and attractions when it opens, with a Transformers attraction to follow in 2011. Full details of the park's attractions can be found in our news story here, while a number of videos of rides undergoing testing are embedded below (courtesy of the Sentosa Theme Parks Blog).

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