What's new on the discussion board: Universal Singapore official opening, plus Fantasmic debuts in Tokyo

May 3, 2011, 12:18 PM · Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore has announced that it will hold the grand opening ceremony for Universal Studios Singapore on May 28.

What's that? You thought the park opened last year? Well, it did. But not "officially." As theme park veterans know, there's often a gap between when a park opens a new attraction and when its officially opened with a big ceremony and media day. These "soft openings" typically last a week or a few, but at more than a year, Universal Studios Singapore must be setting a record for world's longest theme park soft opening.

Jeff Elliott has the news in his weekly news round-up, Last week at your amusement park...May 2, 2011, that the long-delayed Madagascar: A Crate Adventure ride will open within days, which many suspected would be the trigger for the official opening of the park. No firm word yet on when the new Transformers ride will open, or if it will be part of the grand opening, too.

Madagascar: A Crate Adventure

Speaking of new attractions, the opening of Fantasmic! in Tokyo has prompted two new threads, with Tim W asking which is Tim W The Best Fantasmic!, and discussion of the Tokyo version continuing in Fantasmic…A cheap what???

Tom Rigg checks in from Busch Gardens Williamsburg, starting a conversation about The New and Improved Oktoberfest.

Lauren Hayhurst posts a Magic Kingdom - Trip Report - March / April 2011

Daniel Etcheberry asks Which theme park carousel do you consider to be the most beautiful? Then he gets a debate going over what should be included in new attractions with the thread, Overload of roller coasters in Orlando.

George Hunter has an Expedition Everest storyline question

And finally, David L. asks what you'd like to see debut during the next five years at Disney's Hollywood Studios in What's Next for DHS?

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