Now that Universal Studios Singapore is more or less complete, let’s take a look at Marine Life Park. Featured in this update: Aerial photos of the park under construction.
Previously known as Equarius Water Park, Marine Life Park is set to be the world’s largest Oceanarium and offers thrilling and fun water rides.
Marine Life Park – from the air series
Resorts World Sentosa has announced that the park to offer multi-sensory experiences, blending marine life exhibits with exhilarating attractions to nurture interest and appreciation for marine life. The park is building aquariums, a reef swim attraction and a (still controversial) dolphin experience attraction. Over 100,000 marine fauna will be housed in massive aquariums.
For the thrill seekers, Marine Life Park offers a 620m-long Adventure River, which flows around most parts of the park and through an underground grotto. The west end of the park offers a variety of exciting water slide rides and a wave pool.
The park is said to be committed to marine life research and ocean conservation, partnering with academic institutions and marine animal facilities.
It is not a very big park – at about 19.8 acres (Universal Studios Singapore spans 49 acres), but just like the Studios, Marine Life Park looks jam-packed with attractions, maximizing all available space.
So here’s a speculative list of attractions:
- Adventure River – 620 metres, a lazy river around the park
- Rock Building (with exhibits or a restaurant) and Underground Grotto
- Wave Pool
- Playground zone with 2 water slides for children
- Play pool for younger children
- 4 water (inline tube) slides, with special elements (bowls, funnels)
- 1 high-speed water (inline tube) slide attraction
- 2 open-air (possibly racer) slides
- Reef Swim (very likely an up-charge attraction)
- 1 large aquarium
- A few smaller aquariums
- Dolphin Interaction experience (also very likely an up-charge attraction)
Over at the “Equarius Side”, there’s a wide and deep pool here on the right side. This is linked to the other pools mentioned earlier, which links to the large tank shown in the next photo. Next to it is something strange with all those trees and rocks. It’s shaped like a shark tooth in the middle.
The Adventure River (higher one) crosses over the lower path: for sea creatures to swim to places. It looks like it could be some transparent half-pipe thing – for riders to see what’s happening below.
Just look at the details! The 620m-long river takes on different themes throughout the ride, with this area being more Atlantis-like – pillars adorned with dramatic representations of marine life, such as lobsters, squids and more.
Overall, it seems that the park has very extensive and detailed theming. As two hotels (Hard Rock Hotel and Equarius Hotel) overlook the park, the theming has to go all around (no plain walls hanging out).
Sadly, it looks like the park will not be ready this summer, given how major construction works are still going on. The aquariums will take a while before the water can be put in and be ready for its inhabitants, and it’ll take even longer for its biodiversity to stabilize.
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