Regional Update: Asia- Pacific
Volaré’ Soars Over Sydney Harbour
Sydney’s Luna Park opened a new permanent ride called “Volaré,” Australia’s largest and tallest wave swinger. Custom-designed by Italian manufacturers Preston & Barbieri, the ride sparkles with 3,500 LED lights and vintage-styled artwork featuring the park’s iconic characters, Luna Bob and Luna Belle.
“‘Volaré’ is a special addition to Sydney’s Luna Park as it was designed especially for the Sydney icon and reflects the park’s rich history and character,” says Luna Park Sydney Director Warwick Doughty.
The 64-seat flying carousel offers riders spectacular views of the water and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, while reaching speeds up to 65 kilometers per hour. The ride takes its name from the Italian word meaning “to fly” and the Italian song popularly known as “Volare,” which was originally recorded by Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno and covered by many artists, including Dean Martin in 1958.
To promote “Volaré,” Luna Park offered free rides to the first 2,100 people who registered online.
Originally launched in 1935, Luna Park is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register. It is currently Sydney’s only theme park.
Singapore Resorts Announce Mega-Expansions
Singapore’s two integrated resorts, Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa, will each invest S$4.5 billion in multiyear expansions that will significantly expand the size and offerings of each attraction.
Marina Bay Sands will build a fourth hotel tower with 1,000 suites, a sky roof with a pool, and a new 15,000-seat arena.
Resorts World Sentosa will add two new themed zones to Universal Studios Singapore—Minion Park and Super Nintendo World—and will expand the S.E.A. Aquarium threefold. Resorts World Sentosa plans to add two additional hotels, a new theater, and a “driverless transport system” to provide better last-mile connectivity between Sentosa Island and the mainland.
(Credit: Universal Parks & Resorts)