Minion Land, a New Attraction in USS, Set to Open in 2024

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Damn these yellow bananas in blue overalls are here to haunt us after all.

On Thursday (26 May), construction began for the new Minion Land at Universal Studios Singapore (USS), as a part of the country’s post-pandemic tourism recovery plan.

That in itself isn’t surprising; you know things are getting desperate when the Government issued ReDiscover vouchers to its own citizens just to keep the tourism sector afloat.

The upcoming themed zone is set to open in 2024 and is inspired by the Despicable Me franchise. It will be replacing the former Madagascar zone.

That’s right, move aside zoo animals and lemurs, you’re getting overtaken by yellow pills in blue capsules that speak in a mixed language.


Plans for Minion Land

Mr Alvin Tan, the Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and Culture, Community, and Youth, attended the ceremony on Thursday, while revealing the grand plans and expectations that the amusement park had for this new zone.

Minion Land will contain multiple rides, including one that will be a world first and exclusive to USS alone. Details regarding that particular ride were kept a secret, probably saved for the grand opening.

It will also have “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem”, an immersive motion-simulator 3D ride.

This ride is available at Universal Studios’ locations in Florida, Hollywood, Japan, and Beijing as well.

If it’s anything like the Transformers’ 3D ride, it will surely be a huge hit among children and adults.

Naturally, the zone will have eateries and shops, with food items and merchandise that follow the Minion theme.

What is more interesting about the project is that it falls in line with the sustainability efforts laid out by the Sustainable Sentosa road map last year.

Its ultimate goal is to bring the island’s emissions of greenhouse gases down to net zero by 2030.

During his speech, Mr Tan Hee Teck, the executive of Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) reaffirms their aim to attain the zero-energy building certification from the Building and Construction Authority.

It would be a momentous achievement as the first attraction in Singapore that runs on renewable energy, and possibly the whole region too.

There are also hopes that the Minion Land, Sentosa, and Universal Studios will draw more tourists to Singapore.


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, USS would have approximately four million visitors per year.

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Other Aspects of the Tourism Revival Efforts

The zone change from Madagascar to Despicable Me is merely the first phase of a $4.5 billion mega expansion of RWS, which was proposed by Genting Singapore.

The first phase includes rebranding SEA Aquarium as SEA Oceanarium, which will be three times bigger than its current size.

I guess Underwater World is well and dead then?

Apart from that, RWS will be refurbishing Resorts World Convention Centre, and three hotels, namely Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Hotel Michael and Festive Hotel.

These upgrades will begin in the second quarter of 2022 through 2023. 


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