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Universal Studios roller-coasters get pulses racing
Wed, Mar 17, 2010
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By Rachel Chan

ADRENALIN junkies are dying to get on the world's tallest pair of duelling roller-coasters - a much hyped-up highlight of the Universal Studios theme park in Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

The 40m-tall, blue-and-red Battlestar Galactica - two roller-coasters that start at the same time but move separately - is the most anticipated ride by 10 of 15 people whom my paper interviewed yesterday.

Property agent and self-professed thrill-seeker Rina Ng, 38, said: "I expect it to be as fun and thrilling as the roller coasters I've tried in Los Angeles."

Primary-school pupil Chan Tai Chen, 11, his cousin Sophie Lim, 10, and sister Wei Wen, nine, declared the Cylon - supposedly the more exciting Battlestar Galactica ride - a must-try.

It propels riders 14 storeys into the air, through corkscrew turns, zero-gravity rolls, and other breath-stopping twists.

A handful of other people polled prefer tamer rides, such as the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure water ride, and an animated show called Shrek 4-D Adventure, housed in Far Far Away Castle.

The castle is a world first, said RWS spokesman Robin Goh.

"Universal Studios Singapore has the largest collection of DreamWorks animation themepark attractions," he added.

The 20ha amusement park has 24 attractions and rides, 18 of which are completely new or adapted for Singapore.

Two rides, Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and Transformers, will not be available until the middle of this year and next year, respectively.

The theme park will open its rides and shows to the public tomorrow.

Tickets for tomorrow and Friday, at $66 each for adults and $48 each for children, are sold out.


SAFETY TIPS FROM THE POLICE

WITH rides in the Universal Studios theme park to start operating tomorrow, police expect large crowds in Sentosa.

Criminals, such as pickpockets, may seize the opportunity to commit crimes during this period, they said.

They advised visitors to remain vigilant and to take the following precautions: When walking in crowded places, be wary of anyone bumping into you.

If this happens, check immediately that your valuables are still in your possession. Do not attract the attention of would-be thieves by exposing cash, valuables or jewellery in public areas.

- When walking, ensure that your belongings are properly secured and within view. Never leave your valuables unattended.

- Parents should supervise their children at all times to prevent them from wandering off and getting lost in the crowd.

- Call the police on 999 immediately if you require police assistance or spot any suspicious-looking people or items.

- Alternatively, approach police officers who are deployed on the ground, or lodge a report at the nearest police station.

rachchan@sph.com.sg


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