This Sunday (February 21) marks the last day of the "soft opening" of Universal Studios Singapore, which has seen guests able to stroll around the park's grounds - but not experience any rides.
The evening openings of the park, which have run all this week from 5-9pm, have proven extremely popular with the $10 tickets selling out at an early stage. Next week will the see the park open to a limited audience of staff, families and invited guests - with the public unlikely to be readmitted until some time in March at the earliest.
The soft opening period saw guests able to dine in the park's restaurants and make purchases from shops. Many of the park's attractions were operating in test mode to allow guests to view them, but were not open to the public to ride. It is understood that several major attractions, including Journey to Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, are still not fully operational. Disney and More reports that the park's grand opening will not take place until all of the major rides are completed.
Guest's reports on the Universal Studios Singapore preview week have been almost universally positive, with particular praise for the extensive theming of the different zones that make up the park. However, the small size of the park does present some challenges, including planned limits on the number of guests admitted at any one time.
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 from the preview week are embedded below (courtesy of the Sentosa Theme Parks Blog and YouTube users myfamilyng and suanloke).
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