The owner of Universal Studios Singapore now is looking to push back its expansion plan for the theme park, which included a Super Nintendo World land.
Genting Singapore, which owns the Resorts World Sentosa development that includes the Universal Studios theme park, reported a net loss of S$163.3 million for the second quarter of 2020 - the biggest loss since the resort opened 10 years ago. The loss follows the temporary closure of the resort due to the pandemic.
Universal Studios Singapore has begun a phased reopening, however, Genting Singapore is taking another look at the expansion plans it announced last year, which included replacing its Madagascar land with a Despicable Me-themed "Minion Park" and adding Super Nintendo World.
As Singapore moves carefully towards the recovery phase from the pandemic, we are working closely with the authorities on our $4.5 billion mega expansion plan (“RWS 2.0”) to transform our [integrated resort] to be a centre piece of Singapore’s tourism. The timeline of the project will however be impacted due to design changes required by safety management measures and disruption to the construction industry and global supply chain caused by the pandemic. It is also envisioned that new design changes will be necessary to adapt to the post Covid-19 environment.
Universal has delayed the opening of the first Super Nintendo World land in its Osaka, Japan park due to the pandemic. Although Universal Studios Japan has reopened to visitors, travel to Japan is severely restricted, and the park has said only that it hopes to open the land sometime before the start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo next year.
In the United States, Super Nintendo World was supposed to be part of the new Epic Universe theme park at Universal Orlando, but the development of that project also has been "paused" indefinitely due to the global travel industry slowdown. A Super Nintendo World also is under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood, though that project has not yet been formally announced.Tweet
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