MICHAEL FERRANTE checks out plans for Sentosa
The operator of Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa is spending billions to revitalise the resort island, heralding a new wave of tourism growth ... and lots more fun.
RWS owner Genting Singapore is investing $S4.5 billion ($4.7 billion) on project RWS 2.0, which will expand the resort’s floor area by 50 per cent, or 164,000sqm, setting up growth for the next decade.
Universal Studios Singapore will get two new “themed, immersive environments” based on popular entertainment concepts — Minion Park, inspired by the Despicable Me franchise, and Super Nintendo World.
Each will feature new rides and attractions, themed shops and restaurants. Minion Park will replace the current Madagascar-themed area and its main attraction will be the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 3-D motion-simulator thrill ride.
Super Nintendo World will bring the characters and adventure of Nintendo games to life, but the company was coy when asked by Travel last week what the attractions would be.
S.E.A. Aquarium will triple in size and be rebranded Singapore Oceanarium.
Added to its curated collection of marine life in massive display tanks will be exhibits of prehistoric marine life and deep sea creatures.
Digital innovation and interactive technology will be central to Oceanarium’s educational platform about ocean history, evolution, exploration and the importance of conservation, in three themed zones.
A revitalised waterfront promenade will incorporate two new hotels — one luxury and the other upscale — adding 1100 rooms or 70 per cent to in-resort accommodation.
The extra capacity, together with a new meetings and events venue, will give RWS extra clout in attracting more top-tier events.
The waterfront will also have retail, food and drink outlets and a new multifunctional event zone to turn the waterfront into a lifestyle venue for tourists as well as locals, day and night.
The company promises a “spectacular nightly show” at the event complex, which will be an attraction in its own right with green, luscious landscaping and pedestrian thoroughfares across three levels.
Guests of a new adventure dining playhouse can expect lots of swashbuckling action as they get involved in the adventures of Asian pirates on treacherous seas after a multi-course meal.
And transport throughout the island is about to get high-tech too, with a new driverless transport system linking the Sentosa boardwalk to the RWS waterfront and other areas, further enhancing the visitor experience.
The low-emission system will be able to carry up to 1800 passengers per hour in each direction, between a station outside VivoCity shopping centre and the RWS waterfront.
Resorts World Sentosa’s attractions include:
Universal Studios Singapore
Adventure Cove Waterpark
The Maritime Experiential Museum
Trick Eye Museum
Crane Dance (8pm daily, free)
Lake of Dreams (11pm daily, free)
For more on events, attractions and pricing visit rwsentosa.com