Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The Battlestar Galactica, a star attraction at the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, is closed for good. The sci-fi themed rollercoaster, which has been closed since July 2013, will be replaced by a new ride by the end of this year.
Read more from Yahoo News.
Major Vekoma fail there. I liked the idea of a sit down/invert dueling. Shame they couldn't make it work.
That article seems to suggest that the new ride will be a re-theme.
Unless I'm missing something....
I think after reading and re-reading the article, it's still unclear. They state it's going to be a new ride, but also speak of re-theming. I'd guess, from the description of the problems, a simple re-theme wont be a very good fix.
This ride sounds good conceptually, but from videos I've seen of the ride it just looks strange and not that much fun, anyway. Kind of slow, or something.
No interest personally in BSG (not really a sci-fi geek) - but I have to admit finding duelers/racers intriguing, and when you add heavy theming...I'm generally pretty heavily in favor of that.
If we're now in April and they're having something open by the end of the year, it's going to be pretty minor or a retheme.
Also, this statement suggests a retheme, surely... "It was also reported that the new ride will follow a movie theme, and is expected to have new interiors and a fresh coat of paint, among other changes."
Right, and "closed for good" and "new ride" suggest something else. And if it's been closed all this time for technical reasons that sound pretty serious they can slap all the new paint on it that they want and those problems aren't solved. I'm with you on the timeline, though.
And Mr. Gator, I like the idea of a dueling coaster too. But this one seems like a case where the theming might be great for the indoor portions, or the queue, but once up in the air it's all run of the mill meh.
Oh, what do I care? Singapore is not exactly in my tea leaves.
Friends who have ridden it quite enjoyed it.
Spoke with Singapore friends. General consensus is that it's a Re-theme, along with some structural changes (retrofit, refit, reinforce who knows).
This does not conflict with the current development for a new attraction in the Far Far Away section, and that work is continuing.
I read somewhere where the trains were developing cracks. That's what happened to the Red Devil/Cliffhanger at Ghost Town in The Sky with its new trains.
^Didn't the same thing happen with Skyrush's axles? Maybe they had the last year to look at fixing whatever was wrong with BG, and now they are going to implement those changes and change the name of the coaster (which I would assume is to dispel the notoriety of the issues BG had).
Seems like a good idea...then I remind myself of the loop removal on SOB...Last edited by SVLFever, Monday, April 7, 2014 12:30 AM
.... and change the name of the coaster (which I would assume is to dispel the notoriety of the issues BG had).
Again from Singapore friends, locals have no idea of the actual incident(s). Since there were no injuries at either occurrence (assuming there was a second incident), thus no graphic reporting, the cause of the shutdown is not an issue with the locals. To them the ride has simply been shut down (no real reason given) and the BSG theme has (supposedly) lost it's marketability. Thus, rebrand it. Most people will never make the connection of the new ride being the old ride, and move forward.
I'm failing to see how people (at least local people) are not going to realize it is not a new ride, just a re-themed ride.
I was going to say that I kind of agree that Battlestar Galactica has kind of lost some of the marketability, but now there's supposedly a movie reboot happening pretty soon. I'm guessing that the speculation that the name and theme change at this point are indeed to distance the ride from the ongoing problems it had. Especially since Universal is the one on board to do the reboot movie.
I stood in line for Bizarro at Great Adventure the year it opened (as Bizarro, after only receiving a different paint job, some theming, and on board audio) and listened to a family that went to the park once a year talk about it being a new ride and how awesome it was and it replaced Medusa with a new layout.
Eesh. That almost made my brain explode.
Eh. People don't care enough to really pay attention. Heck, I thought parks just built their own coasters and rides before I was an enthusiast.
I dunno...one would think that THAT would be noticeable though.
Of course, if I remember correctly, Six Flags was touting Bizarro as a new ride, so maybe that's all it took for some people to believe it.
Also, this ride has been closed more than its been open so if you've only been to the park once or twice - chances are you won't have ridden it in its initial guise anyway.
Well, no sooner had I typed that the IP wasn't marketable, and they announce a new movie franchise, re-imagining the BSG story.
So who knows, if there was ever a time to have a BSG ride, you would think it would be in the near future to make synergies with the new film.
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