( Part I )
Universal Studios Singapore is the place you wouldn't want to miss when you're in Singapore. Opened in March 2010, it has become one of the most popular tourist spots in Singapore and in South East Asia. It is one of the only four Universal Studios amusement parks around the world - with the other three located in Orlando and Hollywood (both in the US) and in Japan - making it the nearest to South East Asian countries like the Philippines. Universal Studios boasts of its advanced rides, shows and attractions based on blockbuster movies like Transformers, Shrek, Madagascar and Jurassic Park.
Of course, who would want to miss this place when it is just a bus away from home? Definitely not me! So we went here last November 2013!
We arrived at Universal Studios Singapore (or USS) via Vivo City. From there, there are several options to get to USS - by foot, by bus or by Sentosa Express. We chose to just walk since Sentosa Express train costs $4 and hey, walking is good for the body! USS is around 500 meters away from Vivo City but there are walkalators along the way so we did not find it as a problem. Finally, we were able to get to the entrance of USS where the famous Universal Studios Globe lies. Hooray!
Welcome to the city of the future! Here is where we experienced the blockbuster hit Transformers! I was looking forward to this zone because of the Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle. The queue is usually long in this ride that's why we decided to head here first while we still have our 100% energy for the day. We went here on a weekday but we still spent more or less 45 minutes on the queue! How much more if it's on a weekend or on a holiday! Anyway, the waiting area made me feel like I was really in the Transformers' headquarter! It was very well-decorated! There's a lot of interesting and realistic Transformer stuff inside as we go through the queue that kept us entertained while waiting.
|Entrance to the waiting area.|
|Isn't it cool?|
|Hello there, Bumblebee!|
Next ride, the Accelerator! There's not so much to look forward to in this ride as I find it boring. I expected the cups to spin rapidly but it didn't.
|Tracks of the Battlestar Galactica.|
Our next stop was Ancient Egypt! If Sci-Fi City brought us to the future, Ancient Egypt transported us back to 1930's Egypt! We were welcomed by the towering Egyptian statues that we could easily see even from Sci-Fi City! They were so huge that I wondered how long did it take to finish them. However, I noticed that one statue already shows wear and tear at the center and I was afraid it might fall off anytime.
As we entered more, it felt like I was indeed in Egypt because of the structures that were clearly made with effort and details that it looks so ancient.
|Oasis Spice Cafe in Ancient Egypt.|
|The heavily-guarded entrance to Revenge of the Mummy!|
|A closer look!|
Before proceeding with the rides, we left our camera in the locker that's why I wasn't able to take pictures. Too bad!
Anyway, the first ride that we tried was the Revenge of the Mummy. I didn't know what this ride's all about. The waiting area was a long path and it was dark inside. It feels like we're walking inside a pyramid and it actually gave me the creeps because of the darkness, the chilly wind, the creepy background music and the creepy displays. So, I expected that it was like a horror house/ride. To my surprise, it is an indoor roller coaster ride! Warning: This is definitely not for the faint-hearted! It was so exhilarating and nerve-wrecking! This is a lot different from the typical roller coaster because the complete darkness won't give you any hint if you're going to fall rapidly, turn sharply or who knows what! I can clearly remember shouting my heart out because I felt like I couldn't get out alive. Oh, and let's add the flaming hot fireballs and scary mummies! It was so scary yet I wanted to experience it again!
Treasure Hunters was our next ride. We rode on a "vintage" motor car and drove around slowly, traversing a seemingly abandoned excavation site. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed because we queued for around 30 long minutes for a ride that's a bit boring. Nothing special to look out for. But still, it was a good way to calm us down from the previous ride. In addition, we were on the same car with a very cute little girl who enjoyed the ride and the view so much so it's still a good experience. Kids will definitely enjoy this.
Right after we hopped off, we heard an announcement that the Water World show was about to start. Perfect timing it was! Off we go then!
The Lost World
This zone is divided into two themed areas: Jurassic Park and Water World. Since the show Water World was about to start, we immediately headed there.
Water World is a blockbuster film shown in 1995. I personally haven't watched the movie yet so I did a little research and found out that the movie was about the future when most of the Earth is underwater after the polar ice caps have already melted (probably due to global warming). The story then revolves around a mariner who fights starvation and outlaws the bad guys, and then later on hesitantly helping two woman to find a dry land.
This is more or less the same story of this live action water show with lots of death-defying stunts and water and fire explosions! Before the show started, the casts even interacted with the audience first. I was very entertained and amazed by this show as it involves lots of fist fights, gun shots, falling to the water, gliding through the ropes and many more! This is my first time to see an action-packed show like this! The casts must have been practicing and doing this for months to be able to perfect the show!
|Entrance to the Water World.|
|Just before the commotion.|
|Yes, that's a boat and a "machine gun"!|
|Look closely! There's a man hanging upside down!|
|At the end of the show, we were also able to take a picture with the casts!|
Before we explored the Jurassic Park, we decided to refuel ourselves with a quick lunch at the Fossil Fuels first. We had these tasty hotdogs and refreshing frozen drink for S$30! Quite expensive, right? I think all restaurants inside USS are all expensive but we've got no choice as outside food and beverages are not allowed.
After we satisfied our hunger, we immediately went to another area in The Lost World which is the Jurassic Park. These area includes three rides: Canopy Flyer, Dino-soarin' and Jurassic Park Rapid Adventures.
Dino-soarin' is just next to Canopy Flyer. We opted not to try this one as it definitely looks it's for kids. I assume the dinosaur cars will go up and down as it revolves. The dinosaur cars look cute though.
Riding The Movies
@Universal Studios Singapore
( Part II)
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269 (How to get here?)
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 07:00pm
Website: Universal Studios Singapore
Ticket Price Overview:
S$74 (adult: 13 to 59 years old)
S$54 (children: 4 to 12 years old)
S$36 (senior citizen: 60 years old and above)