Universal Studios Singapore
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Hello from Guilin, China, where I am currently typing this trip report and my third destination on my Asia trip. I have just arrived here after spending a wonderful 4 days in Singapore, a city/country which many people have called a city of the future and I can safely say I agree with that statement! It’s a wonderful, clean, friendly place, with a lot of culture, currently edge technology and great tourist spots (including Gardens by the Bay, which is one of the coolest places I’ve ever visited (here’s a clip from a cool show they did https://twitter.com/jamie_shill/status/1016350079849062405?s=21
), as well as a few days in Hong Kong which was great also.
But one of the main attractions is Universal Studios Singapore, the newest of the universal parks (until Beijing opens) and also the smallest. Located on Sentosa Island along with a few other tourist attractions such as Madame Tussaud’s and a water park.
Sentosa is a pretty easy place to get to in Singapore, you just take the purple line to the final stop ‘Harborfront’ walk through a shopping mall, pay about £2 to get on the monorail and then you arrive in the middle of the resort. To get to universal, you just find the big globe thingy, it’s pretty hard to miss.
It felt weird going seeing a Universal Studios archway in person (not counting the abandoned Universal Dubailand one)
To celebrate the new Jurassic World movie, the park was doing a few special events, including a few raptor shows, dino props and an AR experience.
When you enter the park you are surrounded by buildings featuring a classic Hollywood style, there is also a roof as it does rain in Singapore quiet a bit. I imagine this was what motiongate was aiming for with it’s entrance as the shops were placed similar to here.
At the end of the street was a Jurassic World show, I didn’t watch it as it was cancelled.
However behind that was the full layout of the park, showing you all the lands and just how small the place is. I have no idea how the are going to expand the park without some major changes, in fact they do Halloween Horror Nights here every year, how can they squeeze in the mazes?!
One of the areas was a New York street featuring a cute Sesame Street dark ride, a special effects show and a Jurassic World AR experience.
Another area was a Madagascar area, with a pretty dull boat ride.
And then we have the area themed to shrek which featured Shrek 4D inside this castle, as well as 2 junior coasters. Interestingly enough, there’s a rumour that this area will be rethemed to Harry Potter... The first was Enchanted Airways, a fairly cute ride.
And then we have the parks newest coaster, Puss in Boots: Giant Journey, a Zamperla Suspended coaster and let me just say wow, beat it Flying Aces, this is my new no1. The story, gripping and emotional, the layout gives amazing ejector airtime and probably the most intense Gs ever.
Then you have “Lost World”, the area of the park with Jurassic Park. And let’s just say it was interesting. It’s home to Canopy Flyer, an alright family coaster, but that’s not the main ride here is it?
Nope, we have Jurassic Park: Rapids Adventure, a reimagined version of the classic universal ride. I’m going to be doing a ‘classic’ version of the ride in Japan.
Also quick tip! Most rides have a single rider queue, however some are hidden and to access them just ask a staff member to direct you.
Anyway I went into the ride knowing I probably wouldn’t find it amazing, but still fun. The original rides are among the rides that made me get into theme parks and when I saw a pov of this thing I was like ‘eh, looks ok’, but man was it even more disappointing than I thought. First the boats are quite narrow and spin a lot during parts of the ride, making it difficult to focus on scenery. Then you have the audio which is all over the place, sometimes it’s nice and clear, sometimes you can hear it perfectly and then it goes silent and sometimes it doesn’t exist. Then you have the dinos themselves, about 2 were working, one of them had skin pealing off so badly that you could see the robotics inside, some needed a lot of work done to them, but the real shame was before the end drop with the T-Rex looking down on you, static with no audio, wasn’t even looking down. At least it got you wet.
Waterworld is way cooler in person than on the internet, a fabulous show.
Also the food here was amazing and at a reasonably cheap price also!
The park has a small area dedicated to Egypt, with the star attraction here being Revenge of the Mummy, which was also a bucket list coaster for me (tied with Orlando) as it’s got great special effects and was one of the first coaster povs I saw which made me go “that’s cool” with the ‘Serve me and savour treasures beyond compare’ being the standout scene.
This for me was a victim of its own hype ride as even though the queue was great and the ‘serve me’ scene was as cool as I wanted it to be (especially when you notice things you didn’t know about), the animatronics weren’t in great condition with rough movements and on my first ride one of the house lights were on and you could see the track and the UV ghosts. Hopefully it gets referbed soon and after my second ride I decided it was a great fun ride with cool effects, guess I need to ride Orlando’s version!
Transformers: The Ride, ok wow, what an amazing dark ride! This was actually the original ride before going over to America and I’m not a fan of the movies, but I love this! One of the top dark rides for me!
Ahh the most intriguing ride(s) here, Battlestar Galactica! These here are two vekoma coasters, a sit down side (Human) and an inverted side (Cylon) and let’s just say hand down the best vekomas I’ve done, so smooth.
A bit like Smiler, it’s a mess of track, but a good mess. The Human side is more family friendly with various twists and turns, whereas Cylon is much more intense especially around the cobra roll. The rides were way cooler when they duel correctly, however sometimes they are dispatched to early/late.
Anyway that was Universal Studios Singapore, a fun and very small park with some unique things you wouldn’t find at the other universal parks. I had fun and I’m not dying to go back, but if I ever somehow happen to be in Singapore again, I’ll definitely pop by.
Anyway I’m typing this on my phone at about midnight over here, so only 5pm for the UK, so hopefully the pics all are correct and actually show up. I’ll try type reports from all the parks I’m doing, I’ve just done Hong Kong Disneyland and have pics ready, but China internet laws are quite strict, so bare with! Anyway I’m tired now and I’ll upload this in the morning, bye!