Resorts World Sentosa to expand attractions, hotels to be refurbished

Expansion plans include a Minion Land at Universal Studios SIngapore and an oceanarium three-times as big as SEA Aquarium.

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Published: 19 February 2022, 12:44 PM

Locals and tourists can soon look forward to all-new experiences on Sentosa Island including a new Minion Land in Universal Studios Singapore, a rebrand of SEA Aquarium into an oceanarium and three refurbished hotels. 

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will commence construction and refurbishment works in the second quarter of 2022, in a press statement released on Feb 17.


The new offerings are part of an expansion plan titled RWS 2.0, first announced in 2019. PHOTO CREDIT: NAYAN BHALOTIA VIA UNSPLASH


The life-style destination resort said the upgraded attractions are envisioned to become Singapore’s new tourism icons and purpose of visits.

Universal Studios Singapore will feature a new Minion Land featuring characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me, RWS said.


The new zone will include a world’s first original ride exclusive to Universal Studios Singapore. PHOTO CREDIT: RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA


As customary with Universal Studios’ theme parks, the land includes rides like a 3D motion-simulator as well as shops and restaurants. 

RWS also plans to rebrand SEA Aquarium as Singapore Oceanarium, with a possible launch in 2024. 

Expanding it to three times its current size, the oceanarium will incorporate state-of-the-art digital innovation and interactive technology with three new zones.


The expansion includes exhibits of prehistoric marine life and deep-sea creatures that follow the history of evolution and exploration. PHOTO CREDIT: RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA


The oceanarium will also be fitted with a Research and Learning Centre to provide hands-on learning experiences, RWS said in their statement.

In addition, renovation works on Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Hotel Michael and Festive Hotel will commence from the second quarter of 2022 through 2023.


When completed, Festive Hotel will offer a blend of business and leisure experiences. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/FESTIVEHOTEL


A facility refurbishment and upgrade is also planned for the Resorts World Convention Centre, RWS said. 

Tan Hee Teck, CEO of RWS, said: “With our upcoming RWS 2.0 developments, we are confident that RWS will be well-positioned to lead the recovery of Singapore’s tourism as borders gradually reopen. 

“We are excited to welcome the return of more international travellers with an even more vibrant RWS in the near future.”

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