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July 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A new W hotel is set to open on Sentosa, one of Singapore 's southern islands, on Sept. 16. The 240-room resort will sport trendy W decor and splashy beach bars at its marina overlook that's close to a casino and Universal Studios Singapore . The hotel is accepting reservations now -- and has an introductory offer good through the end of the year. The deal: The hotel's Island Glamour Welcome introductory offer starts about $308 a night, plus tax and service charges.
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July 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A new W hotel is set to open on Sentosa, one of Singapore 's southern islands, on Sept. 16. The 240-room resort will sport trendy W decor and splashy beach bars at its marina overlook that's close to a casino and Universal Studios Singapore . The hotel is accepting reservations now -- and has an introductory offer good through the end of the year. The deal: The hotel's Island Glamour Welcome introductory offer starts about $308 a night, plus tax and service charges.
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November 29, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already seems like 2013 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Asia and several major attractions are in the works for Europe. > Photos: Best new international theme park rides for 2013 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). A number of oft-delayed projects have been given new 2013 opening dates that could get postponed again, while several recently announced theme parks may never advance past the planning stages.
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April 13, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I took a behind-the-scenes tour Friday of the new Transformers ride opening in a few weeks at Universal Studios Hollywood. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes tour of Transformers ride For those of you who have never experienced Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or the rebooted Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Florida's Universal Orlando (or traveled to Universal Studios Singapore where Transformers opened in December), you're in for a real treat when the new motion-simulator dark ride with high-definition 3-D images officially debuts on May 25. For the better part of a decade, the Spider-Man ride was widely considered the best theme park attraction in the world, until the Wizarding World of Harry Potter came along and the Forbidden Journey reset the bar for attraction supremacy.
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June 19, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
To round up talent to build Universal Studios' newest theme park in Singapore, chief designer Kevin Barbee didn't look far from his Wilshire Boulevard office. After all, Southern California is a hive for independent designers and other creative types who perfected their craft at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and others. But with the U.S. economy struggling, veterans like Barbee are packing their bags for Asia, one of the few sources of steady employment for purveyors of pixie dust these days.
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July 29, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Recruits on the new Transformers ride opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in spring 2012 will join the heroic Autobots in an intergalactic battle against the villainous Decepticons. The five-minute Transformers motion simulator dark ride with high-definition 3-D images, special effects and animatronics will feature an original storyline starring the shape-shifting robots capable of changing into cars, trucks and planes. > Photos: Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Hyperbolic Universal officials are already calling the new Transformers attraction "the greatest ride in theme park history.
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February 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What do you get when you cross a Renaissance fair with a Las Vegas spectacle and a few hundred Roman gladiators, swashbuckling musketeers and marauding Vikings? The one-of-a-kind Puy du Fou historical theme park in the French countryside. PHOTOS: Puy du Fou historical theme park in France After three decades of entertaining audiences with live-action chariot races, sword fights and epic battles, France's Puy du Fou will be recognized on March 17 as a "classic" theme park by the Themed Entertainment Assn . during an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
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April 6, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
As Walt Disney Co. prepares to break ground on its first theme park in mainland China, the significance for the company reaches well beyond the opportunity to sell legions of Mickey Mouse-ear hats. Although much smaller than Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., the Shanghai park holds outsize importance for the company, because it would provide entree to a market of 1.3 billion people, 30 million of whom enter the middle class each year. When it opens in five years, the $3.7-billion tourist attraction would serve as a launching pad for Disney's broader ambitions in the region.
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February 18, 2007 | Beverly Beyette, Times Staff Writer
FROM inside the gaping mouth of the Merlion, nine stories above ground, I surveyed the island of Sentosa and, across the harbor, the skyline of Singapore. The Merlion -- half fish (as in mermaid) and half lion (as in the Lion City) -- is the mythological guardian of Singapore. This 121-foot-tall statue stands watch over Sentosa, a 1,230-acre island just off Singapore's southern coast that will be an oasis from the urban uproar. It has a ringside seat to some financial fireworks: About $7.
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