Universal Studios Singapore has denied reports that its Battlestar Galactica dueling rollercoasters will not reopen until 2011, claiming that the attractions are on course to return during 2010.
Representatives from the park contacted the Sentosa Theme Park Blog to deny the reports, which originated from an analysis of parent company Genting Singapore by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Universal Studios Singapore claims that Battlestar Galactica should reopen between September and December this year, and that Merrill Lynch was mistakenly referring to the planned 2011 opening of Transformers: The Ride. The delayed Magagascar: A Crate Adventure attraction is also due to open for the first time between September and December.
Battlestar Galactica operated for just a week after the park opened on March 18, before it was closed on March 25 after problems were discovered with a ride vehicle during routine testing. Universal Studios Singapore claims that an investigation by the park and manufacturer Vekoma has solved that problem, but that the solution introduced further problems which are now being ironed out. Both of the attraction's two coasters - known as Human and Cyclon - will remain closed until safety clearance is received from authorities in Singapore.
Located in the Sci-Fi City area of the park, Battlestar Galactica is the headline thrill ride of Universal Studios Singapore, which opened to the public on March 18. Both coasters feature a launched start, and at a height of 140ft are the tallest dueling rollercoasters in the world.
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure, meanwhile, is an indoor boat ride based on the popular Dreamworks animated movies. Universal says the ride will feature "animated figures, digital projection, evocative sound, and special effects that create a one-of-a-kind, funny and fun family ride". Originally due to open with the rest of Universal Studios Singapore on March 28, the ride features at number 6 in Theme Park Tourist's list of the 10 most exciting new theme park attractions opening in 2010.
The Sentosa Theme Park Blog reports that Universal Studios Singapore is working on a compensation package for Annual Passholders, who have been left unable to ride two of the park's headline attractions for most of the opening season. Passholders will be informed by e-mail when details of the package are confirmed.