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Universal Studios theme park opens in Singapore.

SINGAPORE, March 18 Kyodo

Universal Studios new theme park in Singapore opened its doors to the public Thursday.

Droves of Singaporeans and tourists streamed in after the park opened amid a rousing lion dance performance.

The new theme park, Southeast Asia's largest, is located on Sentosa Island, which is connected by bridge, light rail and cable car to the main island.

It is part of the larger US$4.4 billion Resorts World Sentosa that also houses Singapore's first casino, which opened last month.

In terms of size, the 20-hectare park in the tiny city-state is the smallest of the world's four Universal Studio theme parks. The others are Orlando, Florida; Hollywood, California; and Osaka, Japan.

Its attractions include the ''world's tallest pair of dueling roller coasters'' themed after the hit TV show Battlestar Galactica.

Universal Studios Singapore is divided into seven themed zones, namely Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Madagascar and Far Far Away.

Madagascar, based on the popular animation movie of the same name, and Far Far Away, based on the animated hit Shrek, are the first such zones to be offered in a Universal Studio theme park. The former features a riverboat adventure while the latter has a castle.

The park expects to draw 4.5 million visitors in the first year of operation while the resort as a whole projects 13 million visitors.
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Date:Mar 22, 2010
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