Universal's Battlestar Galactica coasters to reopen Feb. 21
Universal Studios Singapore announced today that its Battlestar Galactica roller coasters
will reopen February 21.
The coasters closed soon after the park opened last winter, after cracks were discovered in the seat mounts on the trains. Battlestar Galactica features two roller coasters, both by Vekoma: "Human," a sit-down coaster, and "Cylon," an inverted coaster. We're still awaiting word on expected opening dates for the park's two other major attractions under construction: Madagascar: A Crate Adventure and Transformers.
Since some of our snow-bound readers have asked for more fair weather photos, I'll throw in a few more from Universal Studios and Singapore, where the forecast high today is 83 degrees:
Ahhh... 83 degrees... those were the days.
Maybe I am way off base here, but I thought that the problem was that one of the seats completely fell off the coaster train during a pre-opening daily test run and then during the investigation, they found more cracks on all trains for both tracks, due to the track being much rougher than they thought it would be (big surprise that a Vekoma roller coaster ran rough)
I've heard conflicting accounts on how bad the cracks were. Clearly, they were bad enough that a simple patch job wouldn't get the job done, and the ride needed redesign work. That's very bad.
Singapore looks like a beautiful country. I'm surprised it took so many years to get a decent theme park there.
That last picture reminds me (facially) of Bucky Katt from the GET FUZZY comic strip.
Why is it surprising that Singapore had no major park so far? Just 5 million inhabitants, not that rich gdp per working hour is arround 60% US levels , not many children, just 5 million inhabitants, surrounding countries rather poor. Its more surprising they have one now, despite all the growth in recent year. Still doesnt really justify a big park. The only reason they have one now is to attract gamblers and give some cover for the real money machine, the casino.
Here's one reason: Singapore Airlines flying in millions of visitors a year. Sure, it's an airline hub, but give people enough reason to schedule a day or two on the layover, and they will.
It's a small park, but a high quality one at that. As Rob says - get the attractions open, add a few more and in no time this place will be the leading tourist spot in the area.
Thanks, Robert. Didn't feel like defending myself against that post.
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