Universal Studios Singapore
Budget : SGD68 for 1-day pass (~Php2,400)
Duration : whole day
Bummers : long queues and large crowds
The Universal Studios Singapore is one of the famed attractions in Sentosa. If you visit Singapore for the first time, I bet you have one day saved for a tour at the Universal Studios. This theme park is not only for the young ones but also for the young at heart.
I can personally attest the Universal Studios is all about fun. Just be patient with the long lines and you’ll definitely enjoy every ride. If you want to get away with long lines and large crowd of people, I suggest that you visit Universal Studios on a weekday like what we did. Avoid visiting it on weekends or holidays. However, without a lot of people, I guess it’s less fun because you rarely fall in line and prolong the excitement of waiting to try the rides.
Universal Studios Singapore is divided into seven zones – Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away, and Madagascar.
When we arrived at Universal Studios Singapore, it was near lunchtime so we decided to eat first. We had brunch at Gloria’s Snack Shack. It was a small diner in the Madagascar zone.
When we were full, we decided not to waste time so we already went in line for our first ride which is just right beside Gloria’s Snack Shack. It was Madagascar: A Crate Adventure. I was told that it was the least scary ride in the whole theme park. Since we had some “grown-ups” with us who didn’t want to ride anything adrenalin-pumping, we tried it so they can experience one.
The ride wasn’t scary. If you are a thrill-seeker, I would say you might get bored of riding the crate. It’s probably for the kids.
Next, we tried Lights! Camera! Action! This isn’t actually a ride per se, it’s more of an experience. At Lights! Camera! Action!, you get to see how movies are done and how it feels like to be on the set of one. There are two rooms that we passed through here. The first room is a briefing about Lights! Camera! Action! which was hosted by Steven Spielberg. No, of course not Steven Spielberg in person.
The second room is where you experience Lights! Camera! Action!. It was experiencing a Category D tornado in New York. Whoa! Who cares about the tornado, I am in New York! Lol.
Here is the appearance of the room before the tornado.
Here it is after the tornado.
That Lucky Fortune turned into misfortune. It almost hit us!
To calm us down after being in a tornado-stricken place, we rode what we thought were rotating cups – the Accelerator.
We had no idea how it worked so we just sat there why we rotated. We thought that’s just it but to enjoy the ride, you need to give your seat a push for centrifugal force so that you would spin stronger.
The next ride would have been Battlestar Galactica but it was still closed for maintenance at that moment. So, we skipped it and went ahead to Ancient Egypt to ride the Revenge of the Mummy.
I have acrophobia but since you really won’t see where you’re going when you ride the Revenge of the Mummy, I took the challenge. Here is our photo. See if you can find me. I am the least scared person in this shot.
After riding the Revenge of the Mummy, I didn’t want to ride anything scary so we watched Shrek 4D.
Watching Shrek 4D was a breathe of fresh air. I was relieved after all that scary stuff from riding the Revenge of the Mummy. I want my adrenalin pumping again so we tried the kiddie roller-coaster beside Shrek 4D.
Waterworld is a scheduled live action show that you can watch in Universal Studios Singapore. The next schedule was at 4PM and it was already time so we went ahead to watch Waterworld. If you watch Waterworld, apparently, there is a chance that you might get wet. What an irony!
After Waterworld, we went back to check Battlestar Galactica. It was already open.
Battlestar Galactica has two different loops. The red loop is called Human and the blue loop is called Cylon. The car used for two rides are different. The Human loop is an closed car like a regular roller-coaster. The Cylon loop is where you ride with your feet hanging in mid-air.
Here is a snapshot of people just hanging on the Cylon loop.
After Battlestar Galactica , we decided to go home. But before we can go home, we passed by a group of people dancing near the New York zone. I was amused because not only they were awesome but they are Filipinos.
On the way out, I met my twin Po. Photo-op.
I am a chocoholic so before we can actually get to the train stop, I shopped for chocolates at the nearby Hershey’s store in Universal Studios. Yeah, it was an impulse buy but it’s not something I regret. I enjoyed all the chocolates I bought from that Hershey’s store. Don’t tempt me because I’ll definitely cave.
I guess that pretty much sums up my Universal Studios Singapore trip. It was a fun experience and I highly recommend that you try it if you happen to be in Singapore. It was just a bit unfortunate because Transformers the Ride wasn’t open yet during our trip. Someday maybe..
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