Of course, a tour in Singapore would not be complete without Universal Studios, a fascinating live through as one enters into the world of silverscreen. We’re feeling overexcited and all, so to jumpstart our great Singapore experience, we tasted first the region’s only Hollywood movie-themed park. :)
WARNING: Long post ahead…
GETTING TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Alight at Harbourfront MRT Station (NE1) – the last stop in the North East line. Then, take any of the following to Sentosa:
Via Public Bus Shuttle
Getting there: From bus stops outside VivoCity, board RWS8 bus to Sentosa Island.
Operating Hours: 6AM – 11:30PM daily
Admission: S$2/person (roundtrip)
Via Sentosa Express
Getting there: Board the tram in Sentosa Station located at VivoCity, Lobby L, Level 3. Alight at Waterfront Station.
Operating Hours: 7AM – 12MN daily, every 5 to 8 minutes (from Sentosa Station to Beach Station)
Via Singapore Cable Car
Getting there: From Level 2 Harbourfront Centre shopping mall, proceed to the link-bridge and follow the directional signage to Harbourfront Tower Two Cable Car Station.
Operating Hours: 8:30AM – 10PM daily
Admission: 1-way: S$24/Adult; S$14/Child
2-way: S$26/Adult; S$15/Child
Via Sentosa Boardwalk
Operating Hours: 24hrs daily
SGD 1.0 = PHP 35.2
WEEKDAY / WEEKEND
(13 – 64 yrs old)
(4 – 12 yrs old)
(65 yrs old and above)
|One-Day Weekday Pass|
|One-Day Weekend Pass|
We went to Sentosa early since we didn’t purchase tickets online. We arrived at about 9:20AM and the place was already packed with people. It’s only Friday, a weekday, so we got our ticket for only S$66 instead of S$72. The theme park is open from 10AM to 9PM.
To make good use of our time and stay in Singapore, we only allotted a day for USS though some people have said that it would take more to fully enjoy the park. It’s a good thing that a friend who went to Singapore ahead came back with tons of tourist maps and flyers including the USS Guide. These have been helpful in planning and writing our itinerary.
Since I still don’t know what to see and expect, with the help of the USS Guide/Map, I highlighted the rides, shows, and stores which I think adults like us would enjoy. The rest are more catered to children. There isn’t much actually. There are only 18 attractions, 13 of these are rides, 5 are shows. Most were merchandise stores and restaurants. So I guess it is really the long queue that eats one’s precious time.
Hence, I devised a strategy. Haha! We would start first with the rides on our list and if there’s still time left, that’s when we’ll go with the rest. And while people usually walk from the entrance then wander around, we went ahead and started in the back. This way, we have avoided the queue and took on the attractions that we wanted to ride first. It wasn’t a smooth plan but I can say that we’re able to enjoy the park as anticipated.
Ok, let’s go and start the day! (in no particular order)
On our way inside, I met Frankie! He’s big and scary but he’s my favorite and I love him dearly when I was a little kid. So I didn’t miss the opportunity to say hello and have a photo with him. But look at what his BIG hands did to my face!
@ SCI-FI CITY
– themed after what cities and metropolis may look like in the future, equipped with space-age technologies and the ultimate modern conveniences. (Source: Wiki)
Battlestar Galactica – a high-speed turbulent roller coaster that includes sudden and dramatic acceleration, climbing, lifting and dropping.
So what’s a great way to start the USS experience? It’s right here, the world’s tallest dueling rollercoaster, and our first ride for the day! Ha! The blue and red tracks are different coasters and we tried both, one after the other. Two consecutive roller coaster rides, oh yeah!
I am not afraid of heights… but falling. Synonymous to love, as my friend Sarah, described it. :)
I grew up in the heart of Star City and Enchanted Kingdom, pretty much memorized every twist and turn, but I swear this rollercoaster is one of a kind. The ride started. I’ve cried out my longest scream. Once, twice, thrice! I’ve ran out of breath and the ride still has not come to an end. Literally, it’s breathtaking and heart-stopping. And it would NOT leave you asking for more. Whew! Maybe next time. (0_o)
@ NEW YORK
– themed after post-modern New York City that features sidewalks and classic landmarks that mimic its impressive cityscape. (Source: Wiki)
We walked around and took pictures of the beautiful architectures and replica buildings until we spotted our very own, Streetboys!! Original members Carlo, Jemarth, Yawsa, Nicko and Sherwin grooved to the music with their signature hip-hop, acrobatic street dance, as people gathered around to watch their Rockafella Streetboys performance. Makes me proud. :)
Lights, Camera, Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg
This is the only attraction in New York zone. It showcases what happens to a boat house in New York City during a category 5 hurricane. The effect was nice. Everything looks realistic especially the ocean from the fake windows. There’s fire, smoke, thunder, splash and rumble just like in movies, but now, with us in it. It wasn’t that spectacular but it’s worth watching.
– themed after the real Hollywood Boulevard of the 1970s, framed by dynamic architecture, palm trees and the famous ‘Walk of Fame’. (Source: Wiki)
Just like in New York, there’s no other attraction in Hollywood, only the Monster Rock Show, a live musical rock-N-roll extravaganza performed by Universal’s classic monsters – The Mummy, Frankenstein, The Bride (of Frankenstein), Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, Wolfman and She-Wolf.
Imagine, these old-time monsters singing Bon Jovi’s You Give Love a Bad Name and It’s my Life, Flo Rida’s Right Round, Britney’s Prerogative and even Wonder Girls’ Nobody. It’s funny and entertaining – with me especially eyeing the ever-stiff Frankenstein who clearly proved that he’s got the moves as well.
I love the fireworks, the techno and stage effects. I love the show! It lasted for about 20 minutes.
@ ANCIENT EGYPT
– themed after the rich Egyptian architecture and artifacts found during the Golden Age of Egyptian Exploration. (Source: Wiki)
Revenge of the Mummy – plunge into total darkness on this indoor roller coaster as you come face to face with warrior mummies and scarab beetles.
Okay, if there’s one thing I am afraid of themed parks, it’s a horror house! I was still in high school when I last go inside one and I swear I would never go again!
The passageway inside Revenge of the Mummy was really dark and long. With the look and feel around, I thought we’re going to a horror house. The family who were walking ahead of us turned around and scared me! Oh wow. My feet went cold and I walked to leave. My friend had to run after me, pull me back, and convince me that there’s nothing to be afraid of. (~_~)
I’m glad I came around because this ride happened to be one of the terrifyingly unforgettable rides I had in my life – a high-speed psychological thrill customized with illusive special effects, lighting and state-of-the-art control systems, all in total darkness. This was the longest we had to wait in the queue, almost an hour I guess, but it’s very much worth it. Definitely.
@ THE LOST WORLD
– features two smaller themed regions: Jurassic Park and WaterWorld. (Source: Wiki)
The Lost World had the most attractions in it (and the longest lines, too). Waiting for each ride takes about 90 minutes. That’s a lot of time so we didn’t bother to queue in so we can enjoy the other parts of the park. Still, we were lucky to have spotted one of its attractions in time.
Witness death-defying stunts, action-packed performances, awesome explosions and thrills at this sensational ‘live’ water show. It was amusing to watch because the performers can really get the audiences to participate and at the same time, get them dripping wet as well. Seat at the far end if you’re not prepared for this; otherwise you’ll end up squeezing excess water off your clothes. Ha! Watch it and you’ll be amazed. Bang! @[email protected]
@ FAR, FAR AWAY
– based on the kingdom of the same name featured in DreamWorks Animations’ Shrek. (Source: Wiki)
Shrek 4D Adventure
We were brought into an empty room with a number of huge screens – as we watch the Magic Mirror, The Three Little Pigs, Pinocchio and Gingerbread take part of the pre-show for Shrek 4D Adventure.
Join Princess Fiona, Shrek and Donkey on a honeymoon adventure through an original 4D film, complete with jumps, bumps, bounces, air blasts and water spray that bring the action to life – with an extra dimension of special effects through the miracle of Ogre-vision glasses.
A lovely watch for the young and young at heart. :)
While many love the green ogre Shrek, Donkey – Shrek’s sidekick, has a lot of fans, too. Who wouldn’t love a wisecracking, talking donkey?
This live, animated show features Donkey in concert, singing everyone’s favorite songs and cracking all of the funniest jokes. But this isn’t some hyped up movie. At Donkey Live, guests can sing along and actually talk/interact with Donkey, who asks questions to individual members of the audience and responds to the audiences as well. A real cool idea, eh?
– features a displaced cargo ship that houses the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure ride. It also features all of the characters from DreamWorks Animations’ Madagascar. (Source: Wiki)
There’s a 15-story high ship parked inside USS! That’s located in a place inspired by one of my favorite animated films, the Madagascar zone. Of course, part of our mission is to get a photo with the sooooo loved stars of Madagascar movie – Alex, Marty, Melman and the uber-sexy hippo, Gloria.
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure
Among the longest rides we’ve taken is the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. It’s a relaxed indoor boat ride adventure with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo.
It wasn’t a hair-raising roller coaster ride, would cater to most kids, but what awaited us inside was like nothing I’ve seen before — a combination of life-size Madagascar mascots and huge video screens that look so real. Ohs. Ahhs. And wows!
We’re done by 6PM. I think it helped that we didn’t force ourselves to queue in long lines and just went ahead when all other people are set off elsewhere. Timing is the key.
It’s still early so we went window shopping inside souvenir stores. They have the best and cutest stuffed toys, paper pads, purses, tumblers, caps, t-shirts, mugs, towels, key chains and a lot of other things. There’s so much to see and I think, USS’ best attraction was their merchandises.