Universal Studios Singapore has welcomed its 10 millionth visitor, just over three years after its opening day in March 2010.
The lucky guest, Joanne Tan, was greeted by Marilyn Monroe and Woody Woodpecker as she entered the park, and awarded prizes worth more than $1000. Singaporean Tan said: "The surprise welcome made us feel like superstars, it felt like we were in the movies. This is actually the first time we are visiting Universal Studios Singapore, so I am really excited."
Part of the sprawling Resorts World Sentosa complex, Universal Studios Singapore mixes a variety of concepts imported from Universal's US parks with a selection of all-new creations. Unlike the Universal Studios parks in Hollywood and Florida, it drops any pretence of being a working movie studio, and instead focuses on placing its guests directly "in the movies"..
The park suffered a difficult first year in operations, with Battlestar Galactica forced to close for much of it and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure failing to open at all (the boat ride eventually debuted in May 2011, some 14 months late). It hit its stride in 2011, though, with the debut of Transformers The Ride, and a number of significant new additions are planned for the next few years.