Universal announces a new 'Puss in Boots' family coaster for Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore has announced officially the new family suspended coaster that we told you about earlier this month
The new coaster under construction. Photo courtesy Resorts World Sentosa.
Under construction in the Shrek-themed "Far, Far Away" land, Puss In Boots' Giant Journey will take visitors on a "a wild goose chase with Puss and his accomplice, Kitty Soft Paws," according to the park's press release. The ride is expected to open by the end of the year, though the park has not yet confirmed a specific opening date.
In addition, Universal Studios Singapore in September will debut a live show featuring Puss in Boots and Kitty Soft Paws in Far, Far Away. The Dance for the Magic Beans will feature a "dance off" between the two Dreamworks Animation characters, followed by a meet-and-greet.
The two new attractions expand the presence of Dreamworks Animation characters in the park, which features two entire lands devoted to the studios' IP: Far, Far Away and Madagascar.
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment now owns the theme park rights to the Madagascar characters in the United States, while Universal retains the park rights to the Shrek family of characters at all of its parks worldwide.
I'm not a fan of the "family inverted" coasters. For one, they are notorious slow loaders usually only capable of single-train operation. Secondly, the height requirement is usually 48", which is typically tall enough for many adult coasters (most full-sized inverts have a 52" height requirement), so there's really no point to these little coasters since they serve such a small niche of the guests in the park. Finally, the rides are not all that exciting or dramatically different from standard kiddie coasters that allow a much larger range of guests to ride.
Is this new 'Puss in Boots' coaster an inverted one?
It is listed on rcdb as a family inverted coaster from Zamperla (http://rcdb.com/12252.htm). The photo presented here does really show much, but it's pretty clearly an inverted or suspended (track above riders) coaster of some type. Taking a closer look at the track, it's probably not a single-train style family invert like Flying Ace Aerial Chase at many Cedar Fair parks (Vekomas). The tight turns shown in the photo seem to indicate small trains, perhaps just one or two rows of riders, which still won't provide any more capacity than a single, long train seen on my family inverts.
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