Date: 3rd April 2001
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER thrilled Japanese fans who had queued all night for the opening of UNIVERSAL THEME PARK in Osaka, Japan.
Braving cold and rain, thousands of people - many of whom had arrived the night before - watched as the TERMINATOR, The (1984) star used a clapperboard to slice through a roll of film and declare the $1.4 billion (pounds) UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN park open for business.
The new theme park - the first to be opened outside America - includes 18 attractions with rides themed on movies BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985), TERMINATOR, The (1984) and a JURASSIC PARK (1993) log flume water ride, which has been tamed down after research showed Japanese patrons aren't as happy about getting wet as Americans. (LE/HR/KW)