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The New Paper
Mon, Mar 29 2010


Another ride at Universal Studios Singapore shut down - for 45 minutes.


[top photo - RIDES OUT: Visitors leaving Universal Studios Singapore yesterday. The sign indicating the closure of the Battlestar Galactica is on the right.]

JUST one day after Universal Studios Singapore (USS) shut its main attraction, another ride was closed for “technical adjustments”.

For 45 minutes on Friday morning, the Revenge Of The Mummies ride, a high-speed indoor roller-coaster ride, was closed to the public.

USS had shut down the Battlestar Galactica roller-coaster ride on Thursday indefinitely after a technical glitch was found during a pre-opening inspection.

Shin Min Daily News reported that several visitors to the theme park had wanted to take the Battlestar Galactica ride on Friday morning, but were re-directed by park stewards to the Revenge Of The Mummies ride.

But when they got there, the ride was also closed. It turned out that it had been closed at 10.40am.

The visitors were told that the ride was temporarily out of service due to safety concerns.

One of the visitors, who gave his name only as Mr Tan, 30, told Shin Min he had specially taken time off to take his family to the park.

“I walked for so long to this ride only to find out it wasn’t in operation, which was a real disappointment,” he added.

Mr Robin Goh, assistant director of communications at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), confirmed that the ride was closed for 45 minutes for “technical adjustments”.

He explained: “Like all world-class theme parks, it is natural for rides to be closed at any point for technical adjustments.

“These rides are technologically advanced with many effects. Considering how new we are, it takes some tweaking to ensure a continually excellent experience for riders.

“Experienced park visitors would know these technical adjustments will always happen, even in established theme parks.”

He said visitors were told to return later when the ride re-opened, and that there were no requests for refunds.

An adult weekday ticket to USS costs $66, and a weekend ticket costs $72.

Out of 24 rides in the park, 18 are now open.

The park’s main attraction remained closed on Friday.

Filipina Malou Lu, a businesswoman in her 40s, said that the ticket prices should be lower if technical runs were still being done.

“They should charge us lower prices for at least three months, like a 20 per cent discount,” she said.

“It’s really not worth it to visit the park now.”

Other visitors voiced their concerns over the safety of the rides.

A Singaporean marketing executive who gave her name only as Mrs Kang, 30, said: “I’d be quite scared to go on the roller-coaster rides. More checks should be done to make sure the whole place is safe.”

But not all visitors were not bothered by the closure of rides.


LET DOWN: But Ms Elena Tan (right) and friend Ms Fiona Ting were still satisfied with the experience.

Singaporean student Elena Tan, 23, said: “I still liked the whole experience. Although not all the rides are opened yet, it just gives us more reason to come back.”

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, RWS said the Battlestar Galactica ride was closed to “perform a complete analysis” due to a “technical problem on one of the ride vehicles”.

It will remain non-operational until experts confirm that all tests, analyses and remedy actions have been done that will prevent the problem in the future, RWS said in the statement.

A spokesman said: “We understand some guests may be disappointed. However, the park is currently in a soft-open period that is specifically designed to identify technical problems and make operational changes.

“The safety of our employees and guests remains our top priority.”

Source: http://www.relax.com.sg/relax/news/3...w_Mummies.html

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