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Universal Studios Singapore has announced aggressive expansion plans which will see the park open 4 new attractions by 2013.

The Business Times reports that the new additions will increase the total number of attractions at the park from 20 to 24. The first of the new attractions, a dark ride based on the Transformers movies, has already been announced, but no details have been released of the other 3.

In addition to adding the new attractions, Universal Studios Singapore will extend its opening hours from May 30, 2011. The park will now close at 9pm instead of 7pm.

Resorts World Sentosa, where Universal Studios Singapore is located, is aiming to attract 16 million visitors during 2011. It hopes that the theme park will ultimately pull in 4.5 to 5 million visitors annually, with the expansion plans designed to help meet this target. The resort's owners, Genting Singapore, claim that 75% of visitors to the park are from overseas.

Outside of the park, several other major projects are underway at Resorts World Sentosa. The second phase of construction on the resort will see it open a maritime museum, an aquarium and a marine life park. The museum will open in the third quarter of 2011, with the marine life park following in mid-2012. The aquarium is set to feature the world's largest oceanarium, which will be built using one of the largest pieces of acrylic ever made.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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