VivoCity Welcomes All Shoppers Aboard Its New Mini Express Train Service!
23 July 2012, Singapore – VivoCity, Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination, is launching an outdoor Mini Express train service on 27 July. The train service, which will feature at VivoCity for the first time, will take passengers on a round-trip through a scenic route covering the 300-metre Promenade where they can take in the sights and sounds of the waterfront as well as view the mall’s existing outdoor art installations.
Designed, built and assembled by Wattman Trains & Trams Inc, a Canadian-based company, the four-wagon battery-operated Mini Express, which can take up to 24 children per ride, has the look and feel of a nineteenth-century railway train. It operates without a track and is silent, easy to manoeuvre and safe.
To enhance the overall experience and create realism of a train ride, the Mini Express is designed with a “wheels-in-motion” feature where the “train wheels” (not the actual ones that move the train) will rotate at variable speeds and in tandem with the speed of the train to enhance the visual impact. It also has a smoke machine that generates non-toxic glycol-based smoke to recreate the locomotive experience, complete with a built-in sound system that plays the sounds of bells and the whistling of the train.
“We are always looking for new and entertaining activities for our shoppers especially families with kids to create a stimulating and delightful shopping experience when they visit VivoCity. Introducing the Mini Express is one such initiative where shoppers, both adults and kids can have a fun and engaging train ride to soak in the atmosphere of The Promenade which overlooks the harbour front. It will also be especially memorable for those who have not been on a railway train before as they will be treated to a similar experience on the Mini Express”, said Mr Chang Yeng Cheong, General Manager of VivoCity.
The Mini Express also features an Anti-Collision System, which works by using state-of-the-art ultrasonic detectors to sense objects, persons and obstructions that may loom in the path of the train. To complement the system, the Mini Express also incorporates numerous other safety features such as security netting in between the carriages and hidden latches on door locks.
Shoppers can hop onto the Mini Express available at $6 per ride. Children who are below 90cm in height must be accompanied by an adult (no additional charge for the accompanying adult). Tickets can be purchased at the starting point located at The Promenade (near SingKids #01-171-174).
A special opening promotion price of $5 per ride will be offered from 27 July to 27 October 2012. The Mini Express will operate daily from 10am to 10pm.
For more information, please visit – www.vivocity.com.sg.
With over 1 million square feet of lettable floor space attracting a diverse mix of over 300 retailers, large event spaces, including an outdoor amphitheatre, a 20,000sf open plaza and a 300metre-long waterfront Promenade, VivoCity is Singapore's largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination. Designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity is the centre-piece of Singapore's newest lifestyle hub at the HarbourFront, which also includes Sentosa and Resorts World Sentosa, Mt Faber, the Singapore Cruise Centre and St James Power Station. VivoCity is a Mapletree Commercial Trust property.
About Mapletree Commercial Trust
Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) is a Singapore-focused REIT that invests on a long-term basis, directly or indirectly, in a diversified portfolio of income-producing real estate used primarily for office and/or retail purposes, whether wholly or partially, in Singapore, as well as real estate related assets.
MCT is managed by Mapletree Commercial Trust Management Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. The key financial objectives of the Manager are to provide Unitholders of MCT with an attractive rate of return on their investment through regular and stable distributions and to achieve long-term growth in Distribution Per Unit and net asset value per Unit, while maintaining an appropriate capital structure for MCT.